TV Analysis: Is “Heroes Reborn” a good idea?
“An iconic series that still commands a rabid fan base, “Heroes” will return to the network in 2015 as an event miniseries with original creator and executive producer Tim Kring at the helm, it was announced today by NBC President Jennifer Salke.”
“NBC has ordered 13 episodes for a new stand-alone story arc entitled “Heroes Reborn,” with all details of storylines and characters being kept under wraps.”
The press release mentions the impact that the original television series had in 2006. It also mentions the launch of a digital series prior to the 2015 premiere that will introduce the new charactes and new storylines.
What do we know?
Very little. The title-based teaser just reveals, well, the title and that’s about it. The majority of our information can be gathered from NBC’s press release:
– The show is titled “Heroes Reborn”
– It will be released in 2015
– There will be 13 episodes
– A digital series will lauch before the miniseries
– Tim Kring, original creator, is back
– A stand-alone story arc
– Original cast members “may pop in”
– Digital series will introduce the new storyline and new characters
This is something that many devout fans were rooting for… three years ago.
Is “Heroes Reborn” a good idea or is it just too late? Many fans were rooting for a follow-up to the show after its interrupted cancellation. “Heroes” was one of the most popular shows around the water cooler back in 2006, hell, even through 2010 it was a very well-known show, but four years have gone by since the shows last episode aired on February 8th in 2010. Is the show still relevant at all?
The cancellation was unfavorable, especially without a proper ending, but it was not a surprise. Many rumors floated around that Kring wanted to give the show a finale, and that he fought for it, but NBC ended up turning it down. Kring went on to produce many other projects including “Touch” which was cancelled after it’s second season last year.
All television shows are subjective, of course, but many fans had mutual feelings about “Heroes.” It was a show that hit the ground running with a stunning first season, but kept losing its pace throughout the series to the point of cancellation.
From the press release, we can gather that this upcoming miniseries will have little to nothing to do with any plots developed in the television series. Even though season four left us with quite a cliffhanger.
It’ll be interesting to see which actors will return for small roles or cameos. I wouldn’t be surprised to see anyone from the original cast. Out of all of them though, and this is pure speculation, I can see Masi Oka (Hiro), Jack Coleman (Noah), and Milo Ventimiglia (Peter) showing up. Zachary Quinto (Sylar) has a lot of projects under his belt and Hayden Panettiere (Claire) has been busy receiving Golden Globe nomiantions for “Nashville.” They were series regulars though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they popped in even just for a minute.
Financially “Heroes Reborn” will be successful, even more so as a stand-alone project. With the superhero genre booming in the film-market, people who aren’t familiar with the original series may begin to take interest. With new characters and a new story arc, the show will be more welcoming to a new audience.
Is it too late?
For die hard fans, it is never too late. “Heroes” may have not had the same ‘rabid’ fan base as “Lost” or “Breaking Bad,” but you can definitely expect the fans of the television series to be tuning in next year. Even if fans are opposed to the idea of a miniseries, they will still watch it. Is “Star Wars VII” too late? I know “Star Wars” is a significantly larger franchise so this may not be the best comparison, but even all the “Star Wars” fans out there who are opposed to the idea of a Disney trilogy will be buying midnight tickets at the box office late next year.
Financially, “Heroes Reborn” is a great idea. It’s even great that NBC and the crew are doing this for the fans out there who campaigned for it. It’ll be a challenge to write something as fresh as season one of “Heroes,” but maybe we shouldn’t measure it up to such expectations. This will be something familiar, but more so, it will be something new. We’ll have to wait for much more information before even beginning to speculate what the miniseries will be about or if it’ll be good or not. Let’s hope it’s good.