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NBC brings back Heroes from the dead with mini-series titled Heroes Reborn

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Feb 24, 2014, 3:57 PM EST (Updated)

Yep, looks like it’s time to save the cheerleader again, because Heroes is coming back!

This rather surprising news came this past Saturday, when NBC issued a press release stating that Heroes was coming back from the grave as a 13-episode standalone story arc entitled Heroes Reborn -- a good four years after the canceled show last aired back in 2010.

Tim Kring (creator of Heroes) is back in the saddle, but hopefully this time he won’t let the show go down the drain (we still have carnival-filled nightmares from time to time about season four).

Perhaps getting Bryan Fuller on board would be a good idea, as some of the best stuff Heroes produced was when he was there, but Fuller’s busy doing Hannibal. Though, to be fair, both shows are on NBC. Perhaps something can be arranged?

Below is the NBC press release that has sent Heroes fans into a frenzy this past weekend:

NEW EVENT MINISERIES ‘HEROES REBORN’ COMES TO NBC IN 2015 Tim Kring to Executive Produce 13 New Episodes of Groundbreaking Series ‘Heroes’ UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Feb. 22, 2014 — NBC is bringing back its conquering “Heroes.”
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 Entertainment 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 enormous impact ‘Heroes’ had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “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. 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.”
The original series chronicled the life-changing stories of a series of unrelated ordinary people who discovered they had superhuman abilities. As the saga unfolded, they learned they were part of a grand plan that brought them together to change the world.
With the return of “Heroes Reborn,” NBC will launch a digital series prior to the 2015 premiere that will introduce the characters and new storylines. This leveraging of social media is a way for fans to re-engage with what was one for the true pioneers in multiplatform storytelling.
The iconic sci-fi series, which ran on NBC from 2006-10 and was an immediate hit, ranked as television’s #1 new drama with an average audience of 14.5 million viewers during its initial season. The show was Golden Globe-nominated in its first year of eligibility for best drama series; it won the BAFTA Award for best international series, the AFI Award, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award, two People’s Choice Awards and the Television Critics Association Award for Program of the Year.
“Heroes” remains one of the best-selling TV series on DVD of all time with more than 10 million units sold

Heck, we’re all in for original cast members popping back in for Heroes Reborn (though fresh blood and new characters is what Heroes Reborn desperately needs to revitalize the franchise). In fact, we’d love to have Zachary Quinto back as Sylar, but a lot of the original cast members are nowadays busy with other shows: For example, Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli -- who was the heart of the show) has just been cast as the lead in ABC's alien drama series The Visitors, so we’re not entirely sure about any of the original cast coming on board Heroes Reborn full time. Cameo appearances are more likely for most of the original Heroes actors, but who knows? We could be wrong about it.

Still, we've got to admit, this new habit of reviving canceled series seems to be catching on like wildfire, and is rather thrilling. Heroes had -- and still has -- a rabid fanbase. Perhaps NBC finally realized the sci-fi series still had potential thanks to them? Perhaps Tim Kring did one heck of a pitch? Whatever the reasons, we're cool with it.

Anywho ... what do you guys think of this surprising news? Are you excited about Heroes Reborn? Which character would you like to see return, and which ones do you hope will stay forgotten? Will you be tuning in come 2015?

(via Spoiler TV)