So when Heroes Reborn was first announced, it was described with terms like “Event Series,” “Limited Series,” and “Miniseries.” From the beginning we all knew it was going to be a one and done season, because (frankly) that’s probably all the additional Heroes anyone wanted. Hell, we were just surprised the revival was happening at all.
So when news came out that the show wasn’t going to come back after this season, I was confused as to why this was even news. What puzzled me more were the headlines that said things like “Heroes Reborn is Cancelled.” Here are a few examples.
Okay… so here’s the thing, it’s not a cancellation if it was always intended to end.
I mean sure, if the ratings had exploded, and the show had become one of the highest rated dramas on TV, NBC would have probably decided to make more of the show. But the truth is NBC went in hedging their bets – they knew it was a long shot. They always knew this was probably all they were ever going to make of the show.
So when you call the ending that was pre-announced a cancellation, you’re just being wrong. That’s not how this works.
That’s not how any of this works.
We’ve known for a while that NBC’s revival of Heroes (titled Heroes Reborn) is coming to Thursdays this fall, but we didn’t know exactly which Thursday it would begin airing.
Well, now we do.
NBC has announced that the show will premiere September 24th. The revived series cast includes returning cast members Greg Grunberg, Masi Oka and Jack Coleman, as well as new cast member Zachary Levi. NBC also put out the following poster for the series:
Whether the revived series will be any good is up in the air. Pre-writers strike, the original series was actually pretty good, but the later seasons were significantly weaker. I still enjoyed the show in its later years, but I know I’m in the minority. Heroes Reborn
is probably the most head scratching revival on the horizon — but hey, Zachary Levi.
I like Zachary Levi.
Heroes: Reborn, the bizarre revival of NBC’s Heroes, has another former cast member to add to the roster: Greg Grunberg.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Grunberg’s Matt Parkman will make at least one guest appearance during the revival. Grunberg joins returning cast members Masi Oka and Jack Coleman (along with newcomer Zachary Levi).
While I’m skeptical about the need for a Heroes revival, but Grunberg’s Parkman was one of the better characters on the show. It’ll be nice to see him back, even if it’s just for what’s being described as a “guest arc.”
Heroes: Reborn comes to NBC this fall on Thursday nights.
So while the revival of Heroes might be the most puzzling resurrection in television history, Heroes Reborn is happening regardless. The newest news about the series is that NBC has revealed via twitter that Masi Oka is joining the cast:
Masi Oka’s performance as Hiro was one of the best parts of Heroes, so it’s great that he’s back. Again, we’re not really sure why the show is coming back (and I say this as one of the few people who stuck through to the final season), but it is.
And at least they’re bringing back my favorite part.
Look, we’re pretty aware of our demographics here at Nerd & Tie. We know that a lot of you didn’t watch the Superbowl, because we know that only about a third of nerds and geeks care about sports. We know that because there are three of us, and only Pher cares about sports.
It’s very scientific.
But since the vast majority of the United States tunes into the Superbowl every year, it means a lot of new ads and teasers for big properties get aired during it… and we definitely care about those.
So, for all of you who chose not to tune in yesterday for one reason or another, here’s a collection of stuff you might have been interested in. And please forgive the fact that sometimes you have to watch an ad longer than the commercial you’re trying to get to. The internet is stupid that way.
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So we all remember that Heroes is getting revived as the miniseries Heroes Reborn, right? Right? Anyone?
Well, it is. And we now know who is starring in it — Zachary Levi. Levi spoke with TVLine:
“There are a few franchises I’ve always wanted to be a part of, and Heroes is one of them,” Levi tells TVLine exclusively. “Chuck gave me the opportunity to wield some fun powers, but an entire world with superpowers is a world I’ve always wanted to explore.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with Tim [Kring], and the awesome team around him, in bringing this to life,” he adds. “Moreover, to be working with NBC again is such a reward in itself, as my bonds and relationships there are deep.”
You may remember Levi from his five year run on NBC’s Chuck. If not from there, likely from replacing that Once Upon a Time guy in Thor 2. Or you remember him from Tangled.
He’s a good actor is what I’m trying to say here. And this is a good thing.