Save the cheerleader, save the network.
NBC’s move to revive the critically acclaimed show that died a slow death at the hands of the WGA writers strike, despite a strong first season may boost ratings when they need it most. The 13 episode miniseries, Heroes Reborn, wont hit airwaves until 2015, but the involvement of creator Tim Kring is promising. NBC announced the return during its Olympic coverage with this new trailer.
As telling as that twenty second trailer may be, many questions remain, and NBC isn’t talking except to say the miniseries will focus on a single story arch. This is good news for fans who may have been let down by the swift decay of the original series that left many unanswered questions.
With a season full of cancellations, NBC just might boost is viewer ship with the return of Heroes, which averaged 15 million viewers its first season.
NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Stalke seemed hopeful when the announcement was made,
“The enormous impact ‘Heroes’ had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye opening,” She said, adding “Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often and we thought ti might be 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 layers and textures 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 wont rule out the possibility of some of the shows original cast members popping back in.”
With many of the original cast having now moved onto other things; Zachary Quinto in the new Star Trek franchise, Hayden Panettiere in ABC’s drama Nashville, and the rest of the cast doing a plethora of things, one hopes NBC can stay true to their tease about returning characters.