After a four-year absence from television screens, US science fiction drama Heroes is being brought back from the dead.
American network NBC has confirmed that a 13-episode series of the show has been ordered, appropriately titled Heroes Reborn, with the original show’s creator Tim Kring signing on to executive produce.
“The enormous impact Heroes had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “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.”
The network revealed that the series will feature a standalone plot line with the introduction of new characters. But will any of the original heroes, such as Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere, be back to help save the world again? NBC’s remaining tight-lipped for now.
“Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy,” Salke said. “But we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.”
Heroes featured an ensemble cast who played everyday people dealing with their newly discovered superpowers, such as time-travelling, mind-reading and the ability to fly. When Heroes originally aired in 2006 on NBC in the US and BBC2 in the UK, a massive fan following emerged, but as ratings slipped throughout three more seasons, NBC axed it in 2010.
Heroes Reborn isn’t the only heart pounding television drama getting the reboot treatment. 24 is currently filming in London for a new season, and a Batman prequel Gotham is in the early development stages.
A teaser for Heroes Reborn premiered in the US during broadcast of the Sochi Olympics. It doesn’t offer up much information except the premiere year, but the familiar Heroes logo makes an exciting and promising appearance.