‘Heroes’ In Trouble: Two Producers Fired

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As a red-blooded American, I’m man enough to admit when I’ve been out-voted. Majority still rules this country in which we (Americans) live, and, despite my best arguments, it seems that the overwhelming opinion is that Heroes‘ third season, “Villains”, is officially CRAP.

Well, the execs over at NBC have heard the voices of the people (while watching Heroes‘ ratings fall faster than the Dow average) and are already starting to roll heads. The first necks to feel the cut of the guillotine: co-executive producers Jesse Alexander (Lost, Alias) and Jeph Loeb.

The word is that the NBC suits were fed-up with Heroes‘ declining ratings, budget overruns (more than $4 million per episode!) and (surprise, surprise) its creative direction. The firings are sure to be causing a major stir amongst Heroes‘ cast and crew right about now, as both Loeb and Alexander were supposed to have been heavily involved with day-to-day operations on the show, working closely alongside Heroes‘ creator, Tim Kring. So far NBC has declined to comment on the decision, but we’ll see if Loeb and/or Alexander have anything to say for themselves in the coming weeks.

Wow. I tried to defend you Heroes, but it seems as though people really think you suck this season. (Even I’ll admit that those “black hole” powers that one villain had were pretty stupid.) Being fired must’ve hurt especially bad for Jeph Loeb; that man has not only been successful working on other popular pulpy dramas (Lost, Smallville), but also has deep roots in the comic book industry. If there was anybody I would’ve thought able to take a show like Heroes and turn it into a ratings magnet, it would’ve been Jeph Loeb.

Ah well, c’est la vie. Now that the guard is being changed, perhaps we’ll get back the Heroes so many of you seem to know and love. Personally, I still think that the best move for the show is going the X-Men route of having the meta-humans become feared and hated by normal humans, forcing them to go underground, feigning “normality”, yet inevitably finding themselves having to save others. But that’s just my (unpopular) opinion.

What about you? How do you feel about the Heroes shakeup? What direction do you think the show needs to take?

Source: Variety

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  1. I feel that in itz third season…. Itz sort of lost itz way, i agree with the opinions that a lot of characters have become too powerfull but also too stupid! And its a bit of a mess at the moment!

  2. Peter hugging his dad just like that really killed it for me!!!!

  3. I loved all the episodes so far…they pulled me in everytime. Very captivating. Keep em’ coming. Any news of a season 4?

  4. @G Duffy

    If it is renewed it may go to a more compartmentalized format instead of one huge story arc that lasts an entire season (or three).

    Vic

  5. Ok I love Heroe. it’s my favorite show on tv but they really make something good then take it away the next episode.
    I think 2 of the biggest things are…
    1. It was to great to make Peter and Syler brothers (Good vs Evil) and them being family makes it even better. Then they take it away by saying it was only a lie.
    2. Why go back to learn how to use Syler’s power just to have all his powers taken away. They made a big point on learning Syler’s power then never talking about it again.
    Someone give me answer to not give up.
    Why kill Peter’s father so quick?

  6. jc’s comment about rather watching DS9 with the Ferengi had me LMAO, so true. And “Dramamine” – absolutely fabulous.

    Heroes: What Went Wrong? I agree they totally changed the characters mid-stream. Also, introducing characters and then dropping them out of sight (I could look up all their proper names, but I will just list their abilities – Invisible Man – played by that Chris Eccelston (sp?) – Shallow Grave, Dr. Who – brilliant actor, they should have kept him around. Then Nikki’s little boy, his cousin/copycat girl, his father (this kid is on a bad streak) – it just goes on and on.

    It also has the Superman problem that there’s only ONE Lex Luther (Syler) – sure, they throw a few other baddies in there, but seriously, I couldn’t give a rat’s fart what Arthur is doing. And they kill them all so quickly – wasn’t Matt’s father the “Bogeyman” scaring the wit’s out of Molly – and everyone else in Season 2? Suddenly he’s on the floor, not even putting up a fight and Arthur is dusting off his hands. WTF? To quote Seinfeld: “It’s like a big movie with tons of special effects and a plot that goes NO WHERE.”

    Want to re-vamp the series? Introduce some MOTIVES for people acting like they do (or having a change of heart). Note to the writers: there’s more than good vs. evil. In Season 1 we had Mohinder seeking knowledge (the gene and who killed his father), Peter trying to figure out even who he was, Nathan seeking political power, Nikki trying to figure out her split personality, Matt’s marriage dissolving, etc. Who was Syler? The whole “Save the cheerleader, save the world” storyline was brilliant. Also, why all the new characters? It makes everyone cardboard cut-out & one dimensional, and the storylines as exciting as dry f**king toast.

    Now I view it with the attitude of: “if the writers don’t care about the characters, why should I?” And it’s not shocking that viewers aren’t willing to put up with it and are opting out. I catch the odd episode, but unlike waiting with bated breath for every week in Season 1, rushing out to buy the DVD and then enduring Season 2 – gulliably swallowing every horrid episode with excitement like the fat kid with all the toys who believes that he’s going to have friends at his Birthday party this year: “they will come around, it’s going to be great.”

    Several episodes later: (cue me clutching my head in an effort not to have it explode whist rocking back and forth): “it’s the writer’s strike… something wonky is going on, Tim Kring’s in a coma, full body cast, blinking out a new script: “my body is completely broken, but for the kindness of these monks delivering the script from a wicker basket in the Himalayas…”

    Then: “It’s me, right? I’m not wishing hard enough, not enough fricking fairy dust in the air!?! Season 1 was brilliant, they can’t fall THAT hard that fast.”

    Oh yes, they can. They did. Someone email me when it gets good again, hmm?

  7. Heroes is off the air!!!!!!!!
    We are all so happy that this lame show has been cancelled!!!!!!
    THANK YOU TO THOSE TWO NYC ARTISTS AND THEIR LAWSUIT AGAINST HEROES AND NBCU.
    Those artists sinked Heroes and I saw both artists in court recently and they both could not stop laughing in the NBCU’s lawyers faces.
    it was so funny to watch.
    It took them 4 years to get all of their characters and story lines off Heroes and it worked, the show sinked!!!!
    Pull up MALLERY V NBCU DOCKET#09-999 and read the truth about why Heroes is finished!!!!

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