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'Heroes' Returning to NBC, and '24' Is Returning to Fox. 'Pushing Daisies,' 'Terriers' Still Whistling in the Corner

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | February 23, 2014 | Comments ()


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A few months after Fox decided to resurrect 24 with Kiefer Sutherland and move it to London for a limited run series, NBC is doing the same with Heroes, the superhero series that was very popular for one season before massively shedding viewers. Why? Because it was no longer any damn good. I like Tim Kring — who ran the show, and who is set to return for the miniseries set to air in 2015 — but I question how well this series will perform once the novelty wears off, especially knowing that it will feature an all new cast of X-men ripoffs (though, NBC hasn’t ruled out bringing back some of the old-school Heroes characters for guest appearances).

The four-season series (really, it ran for four seasons?) apparently built up a cult audience on DVD (really, four seasons?), so NBC believes there’s enough interest in the series to resurrect it. I’m certain its premiere will attract a lot of viewers, but Kring and company are going to need to create something compelling out of the gate, lest they run the risk of quickly losing viewers.

Here’s a completely empty, uninformative, 15-second teaser trailer.

Meanwhile, FX’s Terriers — which Shawn Ryan has talked about bringing back in some capacity, either on Netflix or via a Kickstarter campaign — and Pushing Daisies, which is also being discussed for a Kickstarter movie — continue to sit quietly in their corner, looking expectantly over at television executives with wide eyes and hopefulness. PICK ME NEXT, NBC? PICK ME NEXT, FX?

What’s that? Jericho?

F**k you guys.




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  • Sydnea Newland

    Fuck all that, Where is Firefly?

  • The main issue with Heroes for me is that the inevitable conclusion to the story they built after Season 1 (and actually during Season 1 if I'm being honest) is two all powerful beings killing everyone else. Once it was established that a good guy and a bad guy could both absorb every power it lost all tension and fell apart - the story got too big to tell, especially on a network television show. Characters with nothing at stake aren't all that interesting to watch. I finally stopped watching a few episodes in to Season 3, so I have no idea if they tried to fix or change this, but at this point I don't care. Setting up another story in the same universe where Sylar and the EMT guy are both all-powerful superbeings is pointless because why should I care about someone who can time warp or fly when I know that sooner or later he's just going to get absorbed into someone else?

    Now, if they went back to the tattooes from Season 1 and The Company and gave it a good dose of Chris Carter to explain why some people had powers and focused on a shadowy NSA-type mission to capture and de-power all the heroes - then they might be on to something.

  • meadowdancer

    I have no urge to watch this mess. And yes Heroes ran for four season. I watched them and was in despair since season 1 had such a great promise and then it became the freaking Zachary Quinto show. I think if they had actually killed off Sylar in Season 1 like they were supposed to they could have set up a better big bad scenario. Instead that mess between Sylar and Peter just ruined everything. Ugh.

    Dear Tim Kring learn to actually kill off characters and have some semblance of a plot. Also you need to apologize to Adrian Pasdar since he was like the only thing I could stand about that show in the end.

  • Nadiney

    The thing to remember is that the first season was great and second faltered because of the writers strike. There's every possibility that with time and planning, this could be fuckin' awesome.
    The big question will be how much of the last few seasons that had an audience of about four will be covered or if they'll sort of maybe ignore all that shit and go back to the elements of season one.

  • meadowdancer

    Eh I like your enthusiasm but season 3-4 were God awful. The plotting was all over the place and Kring was loathe to kill fan favorites and kept changing the rules of his own characters every other episode.

  • I guess it's too late for Firefly?

  • Jim

    Heroes started as a nice idea that was hacked to death by NBC.

    I have too much respect for Pushing Daisies to lets those jerks come near it. It's Netflix or nothing.

  • meadowdancer

    Yep.

  • Paddington

    Heroes is the first, and right now only, show I ever felt like was punishing me for daring to watch it. The limited run would have to be considered some of the best television ever produced for me to watch it and honestly, I might just assume the critical community is lying. I really hate that gosh darn show.

  • coryo

    Season 1 of Heroes was one of the first things I binged on hard, but the turnaround in quality was so immediate, so sharp that I still get phantom neck pain from the whiplash. The promise of a (predominately) new cast doesn't do much for me, either, considering that for every bit as terrible as they made the original characters, the new characters always somehow, some way, sucked even more.

    Let it die, Kring. And I say that as one of those stubbornly supportive fans who stuck it out for three seasons longer than you had any right to expect.

  • ViciousTrollop

    Are we already feeling mid-Aughts nostalgia?

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I just want a Party Down movie.

  • Sean

    Now if HBO can get in on this, and we get Carnivale and Deadwood back.
    I was going to say say "I wish SciFi would do this with Farscape as well". But I just found out a Farscape movie is on the way.

  • kinoumenthe

    "I just found out a Farscape movie is on the way."

    What ? WHAT ?! Where ?! When ?!!
    I swear, if this is a joke, there will be consequences.

  • Sean
  • kinoumenthe

    Thanks, interesting.

  • ViciousTrollop

    I would die if Carnivale came back. That show was flat out amazing. I think it was a few years before its time.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    No, thanks. It's not worth it.

    Btw, Dustin. That's a nice, spartan new header. However, the preview image issue is still there.

  • I'm happy to see '24' come back, but I'm largely indifferent on the rest.

  • googergieger

    I was hoping they'd bring back 4400 if anything. Be better in the long run for Heroes too. I mean only time it was any good was when it had 4400 to rip off. No surprise that as soon as 4400 got cancelled, Heroes went to shit.

  • meadowdancer

    I liked the 4400 but the last season went completely off the rails. I remember watching and going WTF all of the time. I wish they bring back Dead Zone too. I loved that show.

  • Brady

    This is why we can't have nice things.

  • idiosynchronic

    Nope, no thanks, nada, forget it, no way.
    I'll just sit over here and read Velveteen vs. the Multiverse and enjoy it more by orders of magnatude, thank yew very much.

  • Pat Sponaugle

    I'll probably watch it, somewhat for the nostalgia of the first season, somewhat because occasionally during the 2nd, 3rd (well, the second half of the 3rd), and the 4th season, there were moments of fun and entertainment.

    But mostly I'll be watching for the WTF effect. It's not actually hate-watching, it was just, I don't know, the train-wreck effect?

    I'd be delighted if a focused mini-series-like story did the job. But if it's more in vein with The Eclipse storyline or It's All About Sylar storylines, I'll just be angry.

    Angry at myself for watching, and daring to hope.

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