Channel 5 has closed a deal with NBCUniversal International Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to 13 episode event series Heroes Reborn for their digi-net 5*, TVWise has learned. The series, which is currently airing on NBC in the United States, will premiere on 5* in 2016.
Heroes Reborn picks up one year after a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.For better or for worse, some are fated to cross paths with assorted heroes of the past, including Hiro Nakamura, Matt Parkman, Mohinder Suresh and the Haitian, among others. Yet, together, their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world and mankind.
Envisioned as a sequel to NBC’s Heroes which aired four seasons between 2006 and 2010, Heroes Reborn hails from original series creator Tim Kring and stars Zachary Levi, Judith Shekoni, Jack Coleman, Henry Zebrowski, Robbie Kay, Gatlin Green, Danika Yarosh, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan Guzman, Rya Kihlstedt, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Jimmy Jean-Louis. Universal Television is the studio, while Kring, James Middleton and Peter Elkoff serve as executive producers.
Heroes Reborn is the latest high-profile acquisition for 5* in recent months and comes as part of a mandate to boost the number of U.S. acquisitions on the channel, which is now focussed on a younger skewing audience. “For 5* we’re looking for younger-skewing content, so fun sexy, glossy, shows”, Channel 5’s Acquisitions and Channel Manager Marie-Claire Dunlop told TVWise back in October.
“As 5* moves to being the place for the hottest young drama around, Heroes Reborn is an exciting new addition to its 2016 line-up”, said Channel 5’s Head of Acquisitions Katie Keenan, who negotiated the broadcaster’s deal with NBCUniversal International Distribution. “The channel will make a great home for the show as we introduce the world of the Heroes to a new audience as well as the many fans who enjoyed the original series”.