NBC is adding to the cast of Heroes: Reborn.
Chuck alum Zachary Levi has signed on to star in the 13 episode event series extension of the Heroes franchise, the network announced today at their executive panel at Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California.
Heroes originally aired on NBC from 2006-2010 and 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.
Few details have been revealed about Heroes: Reborn, other than that Jack Coleman will be reprising his role as Noah Bennet. Exact details of Levi’s role are being kept under wraps. Original series creator Tim Kring is penning Heroes: Reborn and will EP alongside Peter Elkoff and James Middleton.
In addition to Levi’s casting, NBC topper Robert Greenblatt made a flurry of other programming announcements including:
– The third season of Hannibal, which has typically debuted on NBC during midseason, has been pushed back and will now launch in the Summer.
– The network has signed a deal with Dolly Parton to develop a slate of two-hour TV movies, which would star the famed musician. Should they get a greenlight, the slate of TV movies will be produced by Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.
– NBC has handed out a 13 episode series order to Telenovela, a single-camera comedy starring Eva Longoria as the willful but popular diva Ana Maria, star of Latin America’s most beloved telenovela who strives to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera. The project is set up at Universal Television and Unbelievable Entertainment.
– Finally, the peacock has added an 8 episode miniseries titled Freedom Run to their slate of longform projects. The mini tells the story of a range of characters during the time of the underground railroad. Freedom Run is based on the book Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad.