‘Heroes Reborn’: NBC Revives Cult Favorite

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NBC is reviving the cult favorite TV show Heroes for a miniseries release in 2015, the network announced on Saturday during its coverage of the end of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

NBC has ordered 13 episodes of Heroes Reborn, calling the series “a new stand-alone story arc.” The show’s original creator and executive producer Tim Kring will oversee Heroes Reborn. NBC is keeping the details about the show’s storyline secret and it’s unknown if actors from the original Heroes will be returning.

Heroes, a science fiction series telling the story of a group of people discover they have supernatural abilities, aired on NBC from 2006 to 2010 and gained a large cult fanbase during that time. The show’s huge cast included Hayden Panattiere, Milo Ventimiglia, and Ali Larter. Some of the characters’ superpowers included spontaneous regeneration, mind reading, the ability to see the future, and super strength. The first season of the show gained some critical acclaim as well as the highest ratings seen by an NBC drama in years.

The original series followed the struggles of characters trying to understand their supernatural abilities while living in a realistic world very similar to our own. During the final season, the superheroes in the series, known as “specials,” are pursued by the evil character Samuel who is looking to use their powers to build his own with the end goal of exposing the heroes to the regular world by killing thousands of people. In the final episode of the last season, the cheerleader character Claire (Panattiere) tells the world about the “specials” in a press conference.

It’s not known if the reboot will pick up where the story left off at the end of season four or whether any of the original actors are participating in the project.

“The enormous impact Heroes had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke in a press release. “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.”

Prior to premiering the new series, NBC will launch a digital complimenting series online to introduce new characters and aspects of the show’s mythology.

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