I’ll be honest. We got this press release last night about Heroes Reborn. I really did not see that coming from NBC. I didn’t think much of it though. But after sleeping on it all night, I felt I had to say something.
In 2006, NBC premiered a fantastic concept in their television show Heroes. They offered up great teaser ads that promoted intrigue for the comic book fan community. At the time, NBC was struggling, much as they are today, to recapture their former glory at the top. Or even not at the bottom. With Heroes, they created a show that mandated water cooler talk and dominated office politics for months. I know, I partook as much as I could.
In my opinion the show was fantastic for the first half of the season, then okay the rest of the way. The season finale didn’t hold up to the build up. That knocked the show’s overall greatness down a notch or two. It’s all good though. NBC could work things out in the off season and pull it all together for a second season, right?
WRONG! The aberration that became season 2 made it clear the creative team had no clue how to craft a good story. Season 3 tried to save the show by taking a different tactic and focus on the villains, but once again they failed. And to be honest, I don’t remember season 4. I would like to think Sylar took pity on me and simply took that part of my brain that had knowledge of the last season of the show and wiped it out.
So now NBC announces Heroes Reborn. Why? Perhaps the popularity of all the super hero movies and tv shows forced NBC to desperation. ABC has garnered a lot of attention with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it’s partnership with Marvel under the Disney umbrella. Perhaps more appropriate, the CW has flourished with it’s introduction of Arrow and the several off shots that appear to be coming our way (first up with The Flash). Obviously Warner Bros. ownership of DC Entertainment has helped that network make headway. So what was a network that tried to slip us The Cape to do? Bring back the nostalgia of a once great show.
Unfortunately I will have to tune in and see if by some miracle NBC is able to capture lightening in a bottle once again. Maybe my expectations are simply too high. I remember fondly that first half of the first season with pure brilliance. Sadly a downward spiral grabbed hold and the show never obtained anything resembling interest again. Here’s hoping Heroes Reborn will at the very least be entertaining.
Oh yeah. Almost forgot. Here’s the press release we received from NBC. Obviously I remember the facts a lot different than they do.
Tim Kring to Executive Produce 13 New Episodes of Groundbreaking Series ‘Heroes’
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Feb. 22, 2014 — NBC is bringing back its conquering “Heroes.”
An iconic series that still commands a rabid fan base, “Heroes” will return to the network in 2015 as an event miniseries with original creator and executive producer Tim Kring at the helm, it was announced today by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke.
NBC has ordered 13 episodes for a new stand-alone story arc entitled “Heroes Reborn,” with all details of storylines and characters being kept under wraps.
“The enormous impact ‘Heroes’ had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often and we thought it was time for another installment. We’re thrilled that visionary creator Tim Kring was as excited about jumping back into this show as we were and we look forward to all the new textures and layers Tim plans to add to his original concept. Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.”
The original series chronicled the life-changing stories of a series of unrelated ordinary people who discovered they had superhuman abilities. As the saga unfolded, they learned they were part of a grand plan that brought them together to change the world.
With the return of “Heroes Reborn,” NBC will launch a digital series prior to the 2015 premiere that will introduce the characters and new storylines. This leveraging of social media is a way for fans to re-engage with what was one for the true pioneers in multiplatform storytelling.
The iconic sci-fi series, which ran on NBC from 2006-10 and was an immediate hit, ranked as television’s #1 new drama with an average audience of 14.5 million viewers during its initial season. The show was Golden Globe-nominated in its first year of eligibility for best drama series; it won the BAFTA Award for best international series, the AFI Award, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award, two People’s Choice Awards and the Television Critics Association Award for Program of the Year.
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