After NBC did us all a favor by canceling the trainwreck of a series that Heroes became, there was some outcry from the most loyal of fans for a satisfying finale to the overly complicated super powered action drama. Back in May there was confirmation that network executives were thinking about putting together a two hour finale event to send the series off with some dignity, but now it looks like those chances are slim to none. EW reports NBC has decided not to pursue a TV movie to end Heroes with a proper finale. However, despite the fact that Heroes won’t return to the network airwaves, creator Tim Kring seems optimistic about a revival in some other form. Hit the jump for details.
Back in June even Kring wasn’t confident in a TV movie finale coming together, but he thinks Heroes can live on. Here’s what he told EW over the summer:
“[The] Heroes brand is an extremely broad premise. It was a premise about ordinary people, an undisclosed number of people all over the world, who were waking up to these extraordinary abilities. Any number of stories could happen around that. We never posited a single ending or a single premise. It wasn’t about getting off of an island or stopping something from happening. We told stories in volumes that had a beginning, a middle, and an end. Those volumes could go on and on and on with many different characters. As a result, that Heroes universe is something that can be tapped into again in many ways. Certainly, a movie is a way to do that and clearly, there is an entire world and a number of platforms that this property could live in.”
I’m pretty sure the series was about “stopping something from happening” every season, but because the crazy story arcs never seemed to lead to anything truly groundbreaking, it made people care less and less about the characters to the point that deaths and threats at the hands of the villains became insignificant. And seriously, how many times could Sylar flip-flop without taking some heat from political correspondents at Fox News? All that nonsense made Heroes the first show I gave up on in the middle of a season. Honestly, as disappointing as the cancellation of Heroes might be for the most loyal fans, sometimes you have to tie Old Yeller to the tree and put him out of his misery. Heroes lost its way shortly after a stellar and promising first season, and it’s sad that the glory it once enjoyed couldn’t have lasted a little longer.