UPDATED: Trouble for our Heroes: Bryan Fuller quits the NBC superhero show

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

[Updated: Entertainment Weekly quotes Bryan Fuller confirming his departure from Heroes and saying that he left to focus on developing new projects for NBC and not because of creative differences with series creator Tim Kring: "I'm crafting two pilots right now, and it's a lot of work. It was just too hard to [juggle] Heroes and my development; something had to give."]

We love TV writer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls) and were eagerly looking forward to his reviving NBC's Heroes, which we have stopped watching because it seems to have lost its way.

Well, imagine our shock when we heard a rumor, first reported on Ain't It Cool News, that Fuller has abruptly left the series before the fourth season even begins.

Here's what AICN reported, via their TV guy Hercules (can't these guys just use their names? What, are they Cold War spies?):

I haven't been able to confirm this with Bryan Fuller, but a convincing anonymous source tells me Fuller has again left Heroes.

"I believe Tuesday [of last week] was his last day," says our source.

Take it as rumor for now, but I wanted to get this on site before Mike Ausiello and Wanda Two Saints jumped on it.

(That's Ausiello, the TV columnist for Entertainment Weekly, and Kristin Dos Santos of E! Online.)

We've put in a call to NBC to see if this is true. If so, sad news indeed for Heroes and for us.