NBC has confirmed that Tim Kring’s Heroes will return to screens on 15 September with a two-hour mini-movie to kick off season three of the hit show. This will be preceded by a catch-up clip show to bring the audience back up to speed after the show’s lengthy hiatus.
NBC has also confirmed that it has called time on the proposed spin-off show, Heroes: Origins, despite the fact that directors and writers such as Eli Roth, Kevin Smith and Superman Returns scribe Michael Dougherty had been attached. “We were taxing our creative team to do too much,” NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios co-chairman Ben Silverman explains of the decision. “We wanted 35 Heroes [episodes] and 12 Heroes: Origins, each of which was supposed to be a mini-movie and a back-door pilot. We reached far and challenged our people, and we decided it was better to focus on keeping the Heroes mothership as strong as possible.”
Focusing on the ‘mothership’ doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Volume Two failed to live up to the expectations that had been set both by the hype that surrounded it and by the precedent set by season one. Focusing all their efforts on returning Heroes to the top of the pile where it ruled supreme not that long ago definitely sounds like a wise move for Kring and co. We’re counting the days till September already!