The rise and fall of NBC’s Heroes has been well documented, as a dynamite debut season collapsed under the weight of its own ambition into a mess of muddled stories and contrivances that left even the most stalwart fans reaching for the remote.
With the revival Heroes Reborn set to hit the network this fall, series creator Tim Kring has opened up about how they plan to avoid the creative terribleness that doomed the series the first time. While chatting at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, the producer was quite frank about what killed the series the first time around — and he promises they know where the pitfalls are, and how to avoid them, this time.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments via TV Line:
“The biggest pitfall was always the amount of story that we had to tell. Our [episode] order was for 23 the first year, then 26 in the second year, 25 in the third year. We were facing a mathematical difficulty, an uphill battle. [The 13-episode order will give] the show and the audience this exhilarating feeling. When you log onto this show for the very first time, you know that you’re going to get an end, and it will be at that point in time.”
Anyone who actually slogged through the entire original run of Heroes must be ecstatic to hear there’s an endgame in place. The original series was marred by everything from, as Kring noted, too many episodes to alleged network interference that pushed the writers to keep fan-favorite characters far beyond their creative expiration date.
But just because this is technically an event series, that doesn’t mean there can’t be more Heroes to come. Kring teased that “the brand [is] elastic enough and with a broad enough premise” that he feels they could always find new stories to tell within this universe. Considering the pitch is basically “People Get Superpowers,” we’d be inclined to agree.
Of course, let’s just get through Reborn first. It has a whole lot of awfulness to make up for before we start thinking about Season 2.
Heroes Reborn debuts Sept. 24 on NBC.
(Via TV Line)