The fate of the world may no longer depend on a cheerleader, but that hasn’t stopped NBC from bringing back Tim Kring’s sci-fi hit Heroes as a miniseries. The superhero show, which ran from 2006 to 2010, will return for a 13-episode run in 2015.
“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 installment. 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,” said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment.
The show will re-launch as Heroes Reborn, and will follow Fox’s model for 24, which is returning this summer as a 12-part miniseries. NBC didn’t reveal whether any members of the original Heroes cast—which included Hayden Panettiere, Ali Larter, Masi Oka and Zachary Quinto—will return, but hinted that the standalone miniseries would introduce a new storyline. “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,” continued Salke.
Heroes was a hit when it debuted just under eight years ago, averaging more than 14 million viewers, but the audience began to decrease noticeably after the first season. It developed a cult following shortly after it ended. According to NBC.com, the Heroes DVD set has sold more than 10 million copies.
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