Last week NBC announced that the show, which ran from 2006 to 2010, would be coming back in 2015 as Heroes Reborn. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said that some cast members may come back for cameos, and that fans will get a chance to meet the characters in a digital series that will come out before the show actually premieres.
But NBC execs didn’t say if fan favorites from the original series — including Hayden Panettiere, Zachary Quinto, and Milo Ventimiglia — will be back. Nor did they mention when the series is set and how it connects to the original.
“The enormous impact Heroes had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” Salke said in a statement released Saturday. “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.”
With Heroes Reborn, the network has a chance to breathe new life back into a franchise that started out very strong but fizzled at the end of its run. After averaging 14.5 million viewers in its first season, Heroes saw its ratings drop precipitously as subsequent seasons failed to deliver.
Heroes Reborn will follow another popular show from the mid-2000s to come back to the air. Fox announced that 24: Live Another Day would be out in May, a short-term continuation of the popular series 24.