NBC today announced that they will be revisiting the world and mythos of their award 2006-2010 series Heroes, in in 2015 with a "mini series" to be entitled, Heroes Reborn. Slated to be 13 episodes it's interesting to note that NBC is billing the new show as a "mini series," even though that's as long as most cable series for a full season. The story is described as a stand-alone arc, but details about characters and storyline still being kept close to the chest.
“The enormous impact ‘Heroes’ had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “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 the return of “Heroes Reborn,” NBC will launch a digital series prior to the 2015 premiere that will introduce the characters and new story lines. This use of social media echoes some of the activities around the launch of the original series, and it will be interesting if the feel of the original is able to be refreshed. The original began to suffer in the later seasons with a progressive loss of writing and character development. Perhaps this five year break and lessons learned will give a new series in the same world a clean start (and I'll also tip a hat to NBC for not simply jumping onto the reboot bandwagon, but rather doing something new).