NBC is following Fox’s lead in bringing back one of their popular dramas as a “limited event series.”
The network announced Saturday that Heroes would be returning in 2015 with a 13 episode event series titled Heroes: Reborn, which is being helmed by Tim Kring – who created the original series. Heroes: Reborn will feature a stand-alone story arc, though NBC said that no further character or story details would be released at this time. In addition, the network will launch a digital series prior to the 2015 premiere that will introduce the characters and new storylines.
Heroes originally aired on NBC from 2006-2010 featuring a cast which included, amongst others, Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) and Greg Grunberg (Alias). The series chronicled the life-changing stories of a series of unrelated ordinary people who discovered they had superhuman abilities. As the saga unfolded, they learned they were part of a grand plan that brought them together to change the world.
“The enormous impact ‘Heroes’ had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening. “Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often and we thought it was time for another instalment”, said Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment. “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.”
Heroes: Reborn is the latest event series/miniseries to get off the round since the big four networks went back to the medium following a long absence. Other such entries include the aforementioned 24: Live Another Day on Fox, who also have Wayward Pines and Gracepoint on their slate; Rosemary’s Baby at NBC; Fargo at FX; DIG at USA Network; and The Dovekeepers at CBS.