HEROES Creator Tim Kring Says 13-Episode Miniseires HEROES: REBORN Will Focus Heavily on New Characters

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I was never fan of Heroes.  I thought it was poorly written with laughably bad special effects, but it found a following because it had a novel concept (or at least a novel concept for those who hadn’t read J. Michael Straczynski‘s comic series Rising Stars).  However, the thin screenwriting became apparent over the course of 22-episode seasons, and the show eventually burnt out for those who kept hoping that there would be some consistency in the reveals or that storylines would have time to play out naturally before yet another game-changing twist.

So perhaps the show will be better suited for a 13-episode limited series.  Earlier this year, NBC announced they were launching Heroes: Reborn, and now creator Tim Kring has provided a few details on what fans can expect.  Hit the jump for more.

heroes-season-1As far as returning characters, Jack Coleman is set to reprise his role as Noah Bennet, but for the most part, Heroes: Reborn will be comprised of new characters.  Kring tells EW:

The vast, vast majority are brand new characters, brand new ideas. [Bringing back previous characters is] really only to give a sense of continuity and a tether to the original world. If it was all completely brand new, we’d miss certain elements that need to be there to give you that bridge to cross to something new. I approached Coleman because he was a character who had a spine through the series that allowed you to meet new characters. So he’s a character I wanted to make sure had a little part at the beginning of this thing.

Surprisingly (and somewhat disconcertingly), Kring didn’t come to NBC with the idea for more episodes.  They pitched him:

They saw the value in that franchise and brand and asked if I was interested in helming it again. And we had left the story in a place where we had more story to tell. So given the opportunity, I had ideas of where I wanted the story to go originally when we were hoping for a fifth season and so when we were given the opportunity five years later, some of those same thoughts were there as to where this story goes. But five years had passed and I also had new ideas on how to reboot the brand in away that gives people a whole fresh take on the series with a whole host of new characters but gives you that sense of you’re in that world of Heroes you’re familiar with.

I’m always a little uncomfortable when creators refer to their work as a “brand” because while that may be true, that’s how companies talk, not writers.

As for walking the line between ringing in new viewers and retaining old ones, Kring confirmed that Heroes: Reborn will take place after season four, and “will tie into some of the ideas that were left dangling.”

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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    No. Just no. After the the sloppy second season I completely lost interest. Should have stuck to shorter seasons and at least would have kept interest higher as the stories would have been better developed.

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  • Andrew Sanders

    The first season(of Heroes)was great.It’s a shame that it all went downhill(very fast!)after,although I stuck with it in the hope it would improve.
    I’m hoping Reborn will re-energize the series.

    • milo

      Yeah, it was a great first season, a lot of people were underwhelmed by the finale, then season two on was just terrible. And the ratings totally followed the quality of the show. The writing got bad and the special effects (which were decent in the first season) were just flat out awful. I never saw past either the end of season 2 or early 3 and regardless of how bad it was I’ve still been curious to go back and watch the rest. Good soundtrack as well.

      Nothing in this article we didn’t already know, Coleman was announced a while back and they made it clear from the first announcement that it would be all new characters with just cameos from the original characters. Hayden P and Masi Oka are on other shows (on other networks) so they’re probably not available beyond guest shots if at all and Quinto is keeping fairly busy these days.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      I’m still surprised that after all of the first season’s talk about cockroaches as the pinnacle of evolutionary progress that they didn’t have a big reveal in the first season’s finale that there was a big bad behind the scenes who was actually a cockroach posing as a human a la Mimic.

  • eternalozzie

    A lot of really good cable shows do the short 10-12 episode seasons and it really works good … it forces the show makers to stay focused on the main story … 24 episode shows drive me insane sometimes with their filler episodes that have nothing to do with the main story line.

    I wasn’t a big fan the first time around as this show was just a nerd soap opera and a total x-men rip off. Season 1 was the best but it was still boring as all hell. I will give this new “mini series” a try :)

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Season 1 was simply brilliant.
    then, it went quickly downhill…So sad.

  • Cedhollywood

    One day hopefully they will adapt Rising Stars to the small or big screen. Until then all these impostors will be just that…impostors.

  • MJ

    Why are they making this? Show had one good season nearly a decade ago.

  • JudgeMethos

    The 1st season was awesome. The 2nd was alright. The 3rd took the main protagonist and neutered him and tried to do too much with so many that it felt convoluted. The 4th seemed like a step back towards season 1 storytelling with Samuel but was too late. The series as a whole was just okay. I’ll watch the reboot just too see if lightning can strike twice and they’ve had a lot of time to tell a better story and think their world through. Should be good.

  • 80sRobot

    So what’s happened with the return of 24? Seems like nobody is talking about it. Did it just fizz out in the ratings in the end?

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