In 2015, NBC will show a 13-episode miniseries about the world of Heroes, but the entire format will be reborn. Or so says Tim Kring.
And don't get it twisted: NBC courted Kring. "They saw the value in that franchise and brand and asked if I was interested in helming it again." But why not see the value four years ago when fans were clamoring and asking for it at places like SDCC?
Five years is a long time to let a show stay dormant. It feels like the network is trying to piggyback of the Marvel superhero domination on the big screen. And like the blockbusters morality, he "always saw Heroes as having a message about hope and global connectivity and consciousness."
Kring's long since championed for shorter seasons, like those found on premium cable networks, but it wasn't until the success of basic cable shows like The Walking Dead the option appeared. He was right, too.
"Scarcity really was a valuable commodity for the audience.” The Heroes creator also noted how "having a limited idea is a very modern way to tell a story." Plus, an “audience would wait patiently for a year, or year and a half” for tight, cohesive stories.
In "'Heroes' creator says NBC reboot will strongly focus on new characters," he mentioned JK Rowling's decisive seven-book only run really made people take notice. If the network listened to him, Heroes would have been ahead of the curve since "it’s hard to be rare and special when you’re neither rare nor special."
Even during the show's run, fans talked about seasonal bloat with 22 mediocre episodes instead of 13 excellently executed. "And that scarcity really does set you apart when there’s a lot to compete for your eyeballs." There's a lot going on television right now, so Heroes: Reborn better be paying attention.
Then again, after 13 episodes, can't the station just call it a limited run-similar to what sister network USA did with Political Animals?
Okay, so Heroes is returning five years later. But will fan favorites be back?
While she "loved working on it," it's been a long time since the NBC series wrapped. She sees a good thing in the TNT drama, too. "I'm super excited and proud to be a part of this show and working with Sean Bean and an incredible cast.”
And she's not the only one bouncing out. In late June, Milo Ventimiglia confirmed on Twitter that Peter Petrelli will be off screen. Hopefully searching for some shampoo and a clue on how to not resemble a Venomed out Peter Parker.
Zachary Quinto's Sylar will be MIA, too. Screen Crush's Kevin Fitzpatrick discusses the actor's responses in "‘Heroes Reborn’ Cast: Zachary Quinto Talks Sylar Return." While Quinto's "very interested in expanding and defying people’s expectations" of his acting skills, five years later he doesn't necessarily know "going back to such a definitely iconic character would necessarily do that.” Plus that whole having a new series The Chair on Starz probably doesn't leave a lot of time.
And working actors on new series really are in a time crunch. So are actors on a hit television series, like Hayden Panettiere's starring role on ABC's Nashville. No one knows if Claire Bennett's going to return, but Panettiere's definitely got a good thing going on with ABC.
However, the guy with the horn-rimmed glasses will be for sure. Jack Coleman's returning as Noah Bennett, superhero fixer and adoptive father to Claire.
What will he be doing? Nothing is set in stone since it's a whole new world. In fact, the reboot will be a completely "fresh take on the series with a whole host of new characters" which still manages to offer, "that sense of you’re in that world of Heroes you’re familiar with."
Yet like the bowed out actors, he can't give full attention since he's developing a limited-run USA Network series called Dig. Dig's "an archeology adventure starring Jason Isaacs as an FBI legal attaché working in Jerusalem who stumbles onto a conspiracy."
So The Librarian meets Covert Affairs?
Then again, with the conflict in Israel, Kring might have more time. According to the Washington Post's Alyssa Rosenberg, production has been suspended on Dig, so time to storyboard might be available. The journalist notes both FX's Tyrant and Dig have stopped production while working out the latest problems in "Filming in Israel, television shows confront logistical and creative questions."
Either way, this looks to be a hot mess of figuring things out. But an interesting one at least.