Flashback to 2006: George Bush is in his sixth year in office. Justin Timberlake has just released Future Sex/Love Sounds and will undoubtedly not be waiting seven years for his follow-up effort. But most importantly, NBC has debuted the exciting first season of Heroes.
“Heroes is great!” people said. “It’s a comic book show refreshingly written by a head writer not bound to the dogmas of comic books. It could be as good as Lost one day! Hell, it may as good as Lost now.” People have never been more wrong about anything ever.
Now NBC is giving Heroes another go, potentially just to get people to forget how bad its final few seasons were.* Heroes Reborn will air as a 13-episode event sometime in 2015, nearly a decade after its first run began.
Original creator Tim Kring is back running the show though there is no word on whether any of the original cast will be back.
NBC has been on a nostalgia kick lately with predictably middling NBC-like results. The Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves the World didn’t last through the season but they were fairly generic sitcoms. The model for Heroes return may have come from Fox, which will be bringing back 24 for a similarly branded “TV event” of 12 episodes on May 5.
The cynical take on Heroes Reborn is that networks are looking for an established brand to trot out regardless of how tarnished it is. But to be fair: there’s no reason a reboot of Heroes can’t be pulled off. If any recent show was crying out for a second chance, it was this. And if Zachary Quinto can leave the Starship Enterprise long enough to make an appearance as Sylar, then all the better.
* — If you need a refresher: it’s final season featured T-Bag from Prison Break as a carny.