Before Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. helped lead the ongoing comic book takeover of television, superhero shows were relatively few and far between (with Smallville a notable example of one that had staying power). However, despite its recent trouble turning Constantine into a hit, NBC managed to crack the code years before its competitors with Heroes.
The 2006-2010 series proved that a superhero show could work – at least for a few seasons – and essentially re-legitimized the genre’s potential for small-screen storytelling. It stands to reason then that the Heroes would receive a second lease on life. A number of stars from the original show – including Masi Oka, Jack Coleman and Greg Grunberg – are already onboard for this revival mini-series Heroes Reborn – and now we’ve learned about another returning star.
Deadline is reporting that Sendhil Ramamurthy – who played Dr. Mohinder Suresh throughout the original Heroes run – will return for a guest arc on the 13-episode Heroes Reborn. Dr. Suresh’s focus in the original Heroes often fell on investigating his father’s murder, as well as researching the evolved humans that the show centered on.
Ramamurthy has (over the past decade) appeared on several additional TV shows besides Heroes, with roles on Covert Affairs, The CW’s Beauty and the Beast and The Office on his resume. He’s also going to be seen in a regular role on Stan Lee’s British superhero drama Lucky Man in 2016.
The addition of Ramamurthy should make longtime fans of Heroes pleased, since his presence on the original show was so strong. At this stage, it’s a bit premature to assess exactly how large a role he may play on Heroes Reborn or if this mini-series’ storyline will be helped or hindered by the reappearance of several returning stars (though Ali Larter and Zachary Quinto won’t be among those who pop up on the show).
Heroes Reborn is not only series revival int he works; everything from The X-Files to Full House is receiving similar treatment right now. However, it does feel as if this new batch of Heroes episodes is less of a nostalgic trip and more of an attempt to reclaim the legacy of a show that suffered in its third season (both ratings-wise and, most would agree, in terms of quality) before being cancelled entirely the following year. But will the attempt work?
Heroes Reborn will debut with 13 new episodes this fall – airing Thursdays at 8:00 pm on NBC.