‘Heroes: Reborn’ Prequel Webseries in Development

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When Heroes premiered in 2006, it didn’t take long for the superhero series to become a hit show with a growing fanbase. Unfortunately, the following year, the writer’s strike contributed to creatively crippling season 2, and its two subsequent seasons were never able to recapture the quality storytelling or viewing audiences of the first. After steadily dipping in the ratings, Heroes was canceled after four seasons.

The series’ sharp decline aside, season 1 of Heroes is still generally well-received. So much so, Heroes has been right up there with other cult shows like Firefly and Stargate Universe as a shows that fans have continually campaigned for a return.

Heroes fans got their wish when NBC announced last month the show would return in all new, 13-episode miniseries from executive producer Tim Kring. The new series, Heroes: Reborn, is expected to air in 2015 and will feature new characters and new storylines. These new characters, however, will first appear in a prequel webseries, which NBC unveiled today as one of the first series debuting through their new online original content initiative.

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Titled – rather unimaginatively – Heroes Reborn: Digital Series, the online prequel will be available on NBC.com, Hulu, and video-on-demand. When it will be available isn’t clear, but seeing as casting hasn’t even been announced for the new series, it’s a safe bet the prequel will release no earlier than late 2014.

In addition to the Heroes: Reborn prequel, NBC has dozens of original projects planned for release through their digital platforms. At launch, there will be an interactive program about Saturday Night Live super fans who camp out in the sketch show’s standby line, as well as a comedy series about the real life friendship of Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain called Telsa and Twain, and Last Single Girl, a show about (surprise) the last single girl in a group of married friends.

While Last Single Girl sounds absolutely bland and unoriginal and Telsa and Twain sounds promising (if a bit weird), it’s Heroes Reborn: Digital Series that has the most potential with an already interested fanbase and established canon. And if it can successfully kick start a strong Heroes comeback, it’ll be a welcomed addition to the series.

Excited for Heroes return, either with the online prequel or the proper miniseries? What do you think of NBC capitalizing on online distribution for original content? Let us know in the comments below!

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Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more Heroes: Reborn news as it becomes available.

Source: EW

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  1. I’m looking forward to this. The digital series will be a great way to introduce the new characters and the series itself being 13 episodes will allow for tighter storylines with no fillers ala Sleepy Hollow.

  2. Cant wait i miss Heroes

  3. Not being familiar with Hulu I wonder what the availability in the UK will be like? I’d like to see this just to get some idea of what the new series will be like.

    • Well, looking into the past, it’ll be 3 months until we get to see the series on BBC 2 or Sky Atlantic, and at that point it will have been spoiled completely by the internet and there’ll be no point even being a fan of it. When it comes to american shows we’re second class citizens, which is not something americans suffer to get to the UK’s substantial contribution to TV.

  4. Not interested. I’d rather see Alphas make a comeback.

  5. Never has a show so elicited my hatred as this one. Total trashing of its characters, total disregard for its fans and total train wreck. Will. Not. Watch. Again.

  6. Without Hayden Panettiere = s***

  7. Im So happy, but i hope this prequel does kick off a Heroes season 5. the writer stike did hurt this show and i just hope a season 5 will give us a season FINALE!!

  8. Heroes, the first season is the only thing worthwhile this series ever produced. NBC, you have no current success in this lucrative genre, so you are trying to do some necromancer magic and bring back the dead. Well, you should instead have banished the writers of seasons 4 and 5 to the Phantom Zone. This will not be a success. Only another waste of time from a network that completely gutted itself when it cancelled ER and Law and Order. Made a major guffaws when they played musical chairs with Conan O’Brien’s Late Night gig, and tried to remake Knight Rider and Bionic Woman.

    People, do not let them make money on something that seems to be a total repackaging of a brand name and not a creative rebirth and new vision. Make me happy and announce that this is an overripe April Fool’s Day joke. Please, Please, and Please again. Don’t make this.

    • Because it will really affect your life one way or another right? Cant just, you know, not watch it?

      • Don’t worry. There will be quite a lot of people not watching this.

  9. Save the cheerleader, save the world . . .

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