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NBC's Heroes coming back to television in 2015 as a 13-episode miniseries!

02.23.2014

Well this came out of nowhere. NBC has announced they are bringing back their television series HEROES for a 13-episode miniseries event. Called HEROES: REBORN, it will air sometime in 2015, and creator Tim Kring will also be back to helm the limited series.

But if you were hoping to see some of your favorite characters again, I have some bad news for you. The new series will follow a new group of people who develop superhuman powers, although NBC Entertainment head Jennifer Salke does say, “we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in."

The first season of HEROES was well received by critics, and the show developed a lot of fans very quickly with it's strong debut season. However, the other seasons didn't receive nearly as amount of acclaim as the first, and many fans were disappointed with the storyline. But there are still a ton of people who love the show, and it has been one of the most lucrative properties in DVD sales for NBC.

I never got into the original series, so this news probably doesn't excite (or annoy) me like it does others. I think if some of the original cast does comes back though that would be a nice treat for fans. But I guess the real question is, are any of you at all interested in HEROES: REBORN?

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10:28AM on 02/25/2014
I prefer the British way of doing tv: Less filler, less episodes, more substance.

The Office (UK) had 6 episodes per season. No useless filler, no *we need 20 episodes so we can run the show from September until May", no episodes that have a short arc and bring nothing to the main storyline...

American television tends to extend storylines in their shows way beyond their "best before" date in order to stretch it out to 20, 22, 24 episodes... Name one single episode of Sherlock that was
I prefer the British way of doing tv: Less filler, less episodes, more substance.

The Office (UK) had 6 episodes per season. No useless filler, no *we need 20 episodes so we can run the show from September until May", no episodes that have a short arc and bring nothing to the main storyline...

American television tends to extend storylines in their shows way beyond their "best before" date in order to stretch it out to 20, 22, 24 episodes... Name one single episode of Sherlock that was boring or full of useless side story lines that did not augment the main story line! Same can be said for Utopia or The I.T. Crowd!
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2:34PM on 02/24/2014

Shorter seaasons for all shows.

I'm not sure what to think of this yet. I personally loved the entire show, with the exception of the 4th season. It did a great job of connecting characters and progressing the story in a way that kept me interested. If this is a continuation of the original show, then I hope they continue from the end of the third season. And Sylar has to stay the bad guy; none of that good guy garbage.

Personally, I think all shows should have shorter seasons. Get rid of all the filler episodes and just
I'm not sure what to think of this yet. I personally loved the entire show, with the exception of the 4th season. It did a great job of connecting characters and progressing the story in a way that kept me interested. If this is a continuation of the original show, then I hope they continue from the end of the third season. And Sylar has to stay the bad guy; none of that good guy garbage.

Personally, I think all shows should have shorter seasons. Get rid of all the filler episodes and just give the viewers content that builds the story and is exciting. HBO and Showtime do this perfectly.
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1:04PM on 02/24/2014

Loved Heroes

and I'm excited, always wanted to see how things turned out after the way season 4 ended
and I'm excited, always wanted to see how things turned out after the way season 4 ended
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10:21AM on 02/25/2014
You won't as its a new mini series not featuring the previous cast.
You won't as its a new mini series not featuring the previous cast.
10:01AM on 02/24/2014
easily one of the most badly written shows within the last 10 years.
easily one of the most badly written shows within the last 10 years.
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8:34AM on 02/24/2014
Lost track of Heroes around Season 3. Got the impression it had kind of run its course, and it's not like there's a shortage of "people with special powers" shows on tv these days. They'll have to do something fairly special to make an impact with this relaunch.
Lost track of Heroes around Season 3. Got the impression it had kind of run its course, and it's not like there's a shortage of "people with special powers" shows on tv these days. They'll have to do something fairly special to make an impact with this relaunch.
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7:36AM on 02/24/2014
This could be neat. If the first season of the show was a mini series of it's own and ended with the final showdown between Peter and Sylar, it would still be the best mini series ever. Always leave them wanting more.
This could be neat. If the first season of the show was a mini series of it's own and ended with the final showdown between Peter and Sylar, it would still be the best mini series ever. Always leave them wanting more.
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3:01AM on 02/24/2014

Four words

No more time travel.

They need to pick up where the last series left off. Let's not have the original cast be the main characters though. Let's see the original cast on the news and focus on young people with powers wondering if they should come out publicly too.
No more time travel.

They need to pick up where the last series left off. Let's not have the original cast be the main characters though. Let's see the original cast on the news and focus on young people with powers wondering if they should come out publicly too.
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1:46AM on 02/24/2014

I'm not gonna lie.

With the 'revivals' of 24 and Heroes, my first thought immediately went to LOST coming back as well.
With the 'revivals' of 24 and Heroes, my first thought immediately went to LOST coming back as well.
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12:50AM on 02/24/2014
This is awesome news. I for one think the show never should have been canceled! It was great!
This is awesome news. I for one think the show never should have been canceled! It was great!
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10:16PM on 02/23/2014
Heroes was a solid show. Seasons one and three were terrific, but two and four could have been better (yes even though season two was messed up by the writer's strike).

The show had great characters, but the storylines didn't go anywhere or they were too inconsistent. For instance how Sylar changed alliances every season or how Ali Larter played a completely different new character every season. Or how no one could really die because of Claire's blood. Or how Sylar was possibly the third
Heroes was a solid show. Seasons one and three were terrific, but two and four could have been better (yes even though season two was messed up by the writer's strike).

The show had great characters, but the storylines didn't go anywhere or they were too inconsistent. For instance how Sylar changed alliances every season or how Ali Larter played a completely different new character every season. Or how no one could really die because of Claire's blood. Or how Sylar was possibly the third Petrelli brother. Or how they killed off Nathan at least once a season. So if they keep the storylines simpler, I think this has a good shot of being more successful then it once was before which I think has a good shot since it will be less episodes which should create a tighter story for less mistakes.

I just hope they acknowledge and reference the events and characters of the previous four seasons and just go from there and hopefully not start ALL OVER again. They could combine both casts...something like Days of Future Past or something and combine both shows somewhat.

So I'll be pulling for this show to succeed despite past flaws. It just sucks that Nathan was killed off since he was my favorite character and I just hated how crappy the show treated him.
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2:23PM on 02/24/2014
I completely agree. I really liked heroes. Some people had a hard time keeping up with the time travel as well as the amount of characters they started to bring in. But, it was a great show if you were looking for a show where you actually had to use your brain to watch it. Hoping that it picks up after season 3. Season 4 was just a season done because they had lots of pressure to bring fans back to the show with something different. The original direction of the show was great and had lots of
I completely agree. I really liked heroes. Some people had a hard time keeping up with the time travel as well as the amount of characters they started to bring in. But, it was a great show if you were looking for a show where you actually had to use your brain to watch it. Hoping that it picks up after season 3. Season 4 was just a season done because they had lots of pressure to bring fans back to the show with something different. The original direction of the show was great and had lots of character development. Can't wait to see how they do Sylar.
10:08PM on 02/23/2014
You know I really enjoyed the first season. I never have watched the 2nd or 3rd. I do know the writer strike was in effect as the 2nd season dawned, so I just assumed this series died the day those talented yet money hungry people had any effect (that was a false statement, I know full well what that strike entails, but it deprived me from entertainment back in 2007/2008, so fuck those guys). Anyways, maybe this will pick up on the greatness that could have happened.
You know I really enjoyed the first season. I never have watched the 2nd or 3rd. I do know the writer strike was in effect as the 2nd season dawned, so I just assumed this series died the day those talented yet money hungry people had any effect (that was a false statement, I know full well what that strike entails, but it deprived me from entertainment back in 2007/2008, so fuck those guys). Anyways, maybe this will pick up on the greatness that could have happened.
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8:52PM on 02/23/2014
Heroes never had an original idea, and this news is no exception. It's the same thing as 24: Live Another Day.
Heroes never had an original idea, and this news is no exception. It's the same thing as 24: Live Another Day.
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7:46PM on 02/23/2014
At the time of the first season, a superhero TV series not based on existing source material was a novel idea and the show seemed to be building a genuinely intriguing mythology, but that got really convoluted really fast. Now, we're getting more TV shows based on comics, such as Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the upcoming Gotham, Constantine, Flash, the Marvel Netflix Daredevil and Jessica Jones series...it's hard to actually be excited for a return of Heroes.
At the time of the first season, a superhero TV series not based on existing source material was a novel idea and the show seemed to be building a genuinely intriguing mythology, but that got really convoluted really fast. Now, we're getting more TV shows based on comics, such as Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the upcoming Gotham, Constantine, Flash, the Marvel Netflix Daredevil and Jessica Jones series...it's hard to actually be excited for a return of Heroes.
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7:16PM on 02/23/2014
I really wanted this show to be rebooted. There was so much promise and potential in the basic concept and the first half of season 1. There was just ONE condition: don't let the original showrunner near it. Why the hell is Tim Kring getting a second go on this show when it was so cleary his miserabel plotting that ruined the show?
I really wanted this show to be rebooted. There was so much promise and potential in the basic concept and the first half of season 1. There was just ONE condition: don't let the original showrunner near it. Why the hell is Tim Kring getting a second go on this show when it was so cleary his miserabel plotting that ruined the show?
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6:56PM on 02/23/2014

Hell yeah. Make it good

Bring back ZACHARY QUINTO!!!
Bring back ZACHARY QUINTO!!!
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6:28PM on 02/23/2014
Pay Quinto and Ventimiglia anything they want and FINALLY give us the Peter/Sylar showdown we never got!
Pay Quinto and Ventimiglia anything they want and FINALLY give us the Peter/Sylar showdown we never got!
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6:07PM on 02/23/2014
If they bring Sylar as the bad guy again (no more good guy crap), Hiro and new characters, I'm up for it.
If they bring Sylar as the bad guy again (no more good guy crap), Hiro and new characters, I'm up for it.
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5:42PM on 02/23/2014

People are excited for this?

This show was horrible. It had moments in the front-half of season one that had potential, but the acting and the plots were ridiculously bad. This is a show that I wanted to be good so badly that I watched way longer than I should have. The characters turned a 180 whenever it was convenient for the plot to do so. Everything that is good about modern-era comics - the smart writing, the continuity, giving characters at least a defining trait if not some complex duality - all that was lacking in
This show was horrible. It had moments in the front-half of season one that had potential, but the acting and the plots were ridiculously bad. This is a show that I wanted to be good so badly that I watched way longer than I should have. The characters turned a 180 whenever it was convenient for the plot to do so. Everything that is good about modern-era comics - the smart writing, the continuity, giving characters at least a defining trait if not some complex duality - all that was lacking in this show. To my knowledge, Tim Kring has no background in comics - and it shows. Superheros and comics aren't synonymous, but it stands to reason that you can't do a show steeped in superheros and even try to ape the structure of a comic-arc, without really understanding the genre.

Worse, it seemed to typify everything that was bad and tone-deaf about Jeff Zucker's tenure at NBC. If you liked this show, you were either 8 when it came out, or you let the premise overshadow any type of quality. Christ - The Cape was shit, but it was like True Detective in comparison to Heroes.

Unless the Kring and company come out and explain why they now realize the original show was garbage, I have zero faith this is going to be good. If Marvel can't even get Agents of Shield to be above passable - there's a snowball's chance in hell of this being good.
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5:09PM on 02/23/2014

Of all cancelled TV-shows...

... this is the one they decide to revive ? Nobody was even asking ! Awesome first season with the biggest anticlimactic ending and three really bad seasons... Heroes died slowly and deservedly so.
... this is the one they decide to revive ? Nobody was even asking ! Awesome first season with the biggest anticlimactic ending and three really bad seasons... Heroes died slowly and deservedly so.
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12:54AM on 02/24/2014
Uhh? Yeah lots of people were asking for it to come back.
Uhh? Yeah lots of people were asking for it to come back.
3:39PM on 02/23/2014
The first season was pretty good, and I felt the show had good characters and actors in it. It kinda started going downhill quick after that. I don't want to write off a show before I have seen it, but this definitely seems like NBC wants a superhero show of their own again, and knew that Kristen Bell, Zachary Quinto, and others have moved on and wouldn't be interested in coming back. Oh well, if it sucks, they had no problem canceling the first one out of nowhere, so theres always that
The first season was pretty good, and I felt the show had good characters and actors in it. It kinda started going downhill quick after that. I don't want to write off a show before I have seen it, but this definitely seems like NBC wants a superhero show of their own again, and knew that Kristen Bell, Zachary Quinto, and others have moved on and wouldn't be interested in coming back. Oh well, if it sucks, they had no problem canceling the first one out of nowhere, so theres always that option.
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2:40PM on 02/23/2014
The season one finale was lame, the way final battle happened was horrible! Teleporting behind Skylar and stabbing him?! That could have happened in the second episode. This is capitalizing on the super hero tv show craze.
The season one finale was lame, the way final battle happened was horrible! Teleporting behind Skylar and stabbing him?! That could have happened in the second episode. This is capitalizing on the super hero tv show craze.
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2:29PM on 02/23/2014

Honestly dont know whether to be excited or not

Heroes is still one of the biggest conundrums of a TV show ever. The first season, the initial 22 episodes stands as one of my ten favorite seasons of TV ever. New, fresh ideas, great writing, they looked spectacular, great buzzy catchphrases (save the cheerleader, save the world!) - it seemed like the start of an incredible new franchise.

Then it went off the rails. It seemed like Tim Kring and his writing team weren't expecting such a level of success out of the gate and just didn't know
Heroes is still one of the biggest conundrums of a TV show ever. The first season, the initial 22 episodes stands as one of my ten favorite seasons of TV ever. New, fresh ideas, great writing, they looked spectacular, great buzzy catchphrases (save the cheerleader, save the world!) - it seemed like the start of an incredible new franchise.

Then it went off the rails. It seemed like Tim Kring and his writing team weren't expecting such a level of success out of the gate and just didn't know where to go with it. Season 2 was still entertaining but sort of all over the place, then the writers strike happened - which really killed season 3.....then the last two seasons were just soul suckingly horrible. I stubbornly watched every episode hoping for a return to season 1 form that never happened. By the end I was so frustrated it was almost a mercy killing when it got cancelled. I look back on it as a great start and then a lot of wasted potential.

So I guess if they can recapture that first season magic, I'd be incredibly happy - but I agree with a lot of the comments....this seems to have been green lit without much of a plan in place. That seems to me like the kind of thing that got them in trouble in the first place. Who am I kidding, I'll definitely tune in - but cautiously.
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2:27PM on 02/23/2014
Season 1 was brilliant and then the writers strike ruined a decent start to season 2. 3 and 4 were ok. I wish they would continue with the cliff hangar they ended season 4 on, with the Heroes becoming public knowledge. Lots of good characters they created it just seemed like they didn't know what to do with them. Sylar a prime example going from bad to good to bad again. So color me skeptical on this but I'll give it a chance.
Season 1 was brilliant and then the writers strike ruined a decent start to season 2. 3 and 4 were ok. I wish they would continue with the cliff hangar they ended season 4 on, with the Heroes becoming public knowledge. Lots of good characters they created it just seemed like they didn't know what to do with them. Sylar a prime example going from bad to good to bad again. So color me skeptical on this but I'll give it a chance.
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2:09PM on 02/23/2014

Good news but only...

If the original cast members don't just "pop back in". Although the storylines were literally all over the place in the original series, I thought it was a solid TV show, but not completely amazing after Season 1. Sylar needs to return though because he was the best part of the show from beginning to end.
If the original cast members don't just "pop back in". Although the storylines were literally all over the place in the original series, I thought it was a solid TV show, but not completely amazing after Season 1. Sylar needs to return though because he was the best part of the show from beginning to end.
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2:49PM on 02/23/2014
Sylar was the worst part of the show. He was a good villain the the first season, but because of fanboys they kept bringing him back without knowing what to do with him. Every other episode he changed allegiance, from bad guy to good guy, with powers, without powers. Ugh.
Sylar was the worst part of the show. He was a good villain the the first season, but because of fanboys they kept bringing him back without knowing what to do with him. Every other episode he changed allegiance, from bad guy to good guy, with powers, without powers. Ugh.
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1:30PM on 02/23/2014

AT FIRST I THOUGHT THIS WAS GOOD NEWS.

But the problem is that NBC greenlit it without a planned storyline. They don't even if the original cast members will do it (there's rumours of a whole new cast, with the original cast doing just cameos). Come on! The reason why fans have been asking for it is so that the storylines can be wrapped up! It's not like people want to see more of the show. Not with how the show decreased its quality season by season.
But the problem is that NBC greenlit it without a planned storyline. They don't even if the original cast members will do it (there's rumours of a whole new cast, with the original cast doing just cameos). Come on! The reason why fans have been asking for it is so that the storylines can be wrapped up! It's not like people want to see more of the show. Not with how the show decreased its quality season by season.
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1:24PM on 02/23/2014
The characters and story lines never evolved after the first season. The plots were circular, only ever aimed at getting everybody back to a wholly uninteresting square one.

That and stealing the twist from Watchmen practically word for word.

I'll pass. We've all moved on to better shows where character arcs play out properly and stories have consequences.
The characters and story lines never evolved after the first season. The plots were circular, only ever aimed at getting everybody back to a wholly uninteresting square one.

That and stealing the twist from Watchmen practically word for word.

I'll pass. We've all moved on to better shows where character arcs play out properly and stories have consequences.
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1:09PM on 02/23/2014

Fool me once...

People have rose-colored glasses when it comes to this show. But it was terrible. Even the 1st season was only good because it had potential, not because of the content. Only way I'd be remotely interested was if Tim Kring WASN'T involved, but he is. So forget it.
People have rose-colored glasses when it comes to this show. But it was terrible. Even the 1st season was only good because it had potential, not because of the content. Only way I'd be remotely interested was if Tim Kring WASN'T involved, but he is. So forget it.
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1:02PM on 02/23/2014
Sounds like they're retunring to the original concept of the show, where they would have new characters and a new story every "season." I'm down.
I do think the renewal has everything to do with Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, and now Gotham on the other big networks. NBCs remembered it had a superhero show right before the huge superhero boom.
Sounds like they're retunring to the original concept of the show, where they would have new characters and a new story every "season." I'm down.
I do think the renewal has everything to do with Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, and now Gotham on the other big networks. NBCs remembered it had a superhero show right before the huge superhero boom.
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12:47PM on 02/23/2014
After season 1 I kindda lost interest. I loved The concept of the show, but didnt like the characters. Hope they have better ones this time aorund.
After season 1 I kindda lost interest. I loved The concept of the show, but didnt like the characters. Hope they have better ones this time aorund.
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12:45PM on 02/23/2014
"Save the cheerleader, save the world."

Should've left well enough alone, the best thing that came out of this show was Spock.
"Save the cheerleader, save the world."

Should've left well enough alone, the best thing that came out of this show was Spock.
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12:44PM on 02/23/2014

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I enjoyed the first season and didn't mind the rest. Hopefully we get a conclusion this time round.
I enjoyed the first season and didn't mind the rest. Hopefully we get a conclusion this time round.
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