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.

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!

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

Source: EW