Will ‘Heroes: Reborn’ Finally Give Fans a Long-Awaited Conclusion?

Heroes fans were recently excited to hear that NBC had green-lit a miniseries revival of the show called Heroes: Reborn and now, creator Tim Kring is finally revealing more details about the upcoming reboot.

Heroes, which follows the stories of various people as they discover and come to terms with their own superhuman abilities, appeared on NBC for four reasons from 2006 to 2010. The Golden Globe-nominated show became the highest-rated drama show on the network in five years at the time of its release and earned critical acclaim its first season. Its later seasons weren’t received as well, with a steep decline in ratings and increasingly negative reviews from critics. Still, it seemed Kring and the series’ loyal fan base expected at least one more season before the show’s cancellation, and many were shocked and disappointed when NBC confirmed that the fourth would be Heroes’ last.

Since then, superhero series and similar science fiction dramas have become one of the most popular genres on TV. So perhaps audiences shouldn’t have been as surprised as they were when the network first announced the show reboot back in February. Though NBC confirmed that the 13-episode miniseries is set to hit the small screen sometime next year, further details have been kept under wraps since. Until now, it was unknown which of the original characters would be returning or how exactly the plot of the new show will pick up where the 2006 series left off. Luckily for fans, Kring is at last discussing some more specifics regarding his vision for Heroes: Reborn.

Kring, who currently has plenty on his plate with his work on the new USA Network limited adventure series Dig, recently confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Heroes: Reborn will center largely around new characters. While Jack Coleman has already been slated to return as Noah Bennett (aka the man with the horn-rimmed glasses) for what Kring describes as “a little part at the beginning,” fans shouldn’t expect to see many returning cast members.

“The vast, vast majority are brand new characters, brand new ideas. [Bringing back previous characters is] really only to give a sense of continuity and a tether to the original world. If it was all completely brand new, we’d miss certain elements that need to be there to give you that bridge to cross to something new,” Kring told Entertainment Weekly.

This decision may have as much to do with scheduling issues as Kring’s desire to start fresh. Ali Larter (Niki and Barbara Sanders) and Zachary Quinto (Sylar) recently told press that their commitment to other projects would make it hard to participate. Meanwhile, Hayden Panettiere, who played the cheerleader with healing powers Claire Bennett, is also busy with her starring role on ABC’s Nashville.

Still, while the show won’t feature many of its old characters, fans will be glad to hear it will answer at least some of the lingering, burning questions left in Heroes’ last season. “It takes place in a post-Season 4 universe. So it will tie into some of the ideas that were left dangling,” Kring confirmed to EW. Also helping to fill in the gaps? Before Reborn’s premiere, NBC will also launch what it’s currently calling Heroes Reborn: Digital Series as a prequel.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the combination of these two projects will be able to satisfy old viewers and interest new ones. Bridging the two shows while also introducing new characters won’t be an easy task for Kring to complete in only 13 episodes. Still, having only a limited amount of time may actually be beneficial both in keeping the story more concise (critics reamed Heroes’ later seasons for getting bogged down with too many characters and a confusing plot) and in helping to keep viewers’ attention, especially for those who didn’t have the patience to stick with Heroes through all four seasons the first time around.

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