When Heroes first premiered on NBC nearly a decade ago, it was the first of its kind. While there had been a small number of superhero TV shows in the past - Heroes was the first to take a much more grounded, and dark approach to the genre on the small screen. Featuring a solid lineup of actors including Zachary Quinto, Milo Ventimiglia, Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Ali Larter, and more - the series focused on the lives' of characters blessed with powers ranging from fantastically mystifying to truly horrifying.
The series' didn't manage to show the kind of longevity fans had hoped for in the end though, but in this new age of television revivals, Heroes was bound to get a second chance in the form of the new NBC miniseries, Heroes Reborn. The show will consist of 13-episodes focusing on both old and new characters in the universe, and along with an already impressive number of returning cast members - including Jack Coleman, Greg Grunberg, Masi Oka, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Jimmy Jean-Louis - the series has just added yet another character from the original series to its roster.
EW reports that actress Cristine Rose will be reprising her role as Angela Petrelli in the series. The character was the mother of both Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) and Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar), and had her own ability to see the future in her dreams. She was a complex, plain-spoken, and unapologetic character in the original series, and it will be interesting to see how she is used in Heroes Reborn, considering neither of her sons are included in the show's cast. Ventimiglia is on record stating a Peter return will never happen but some fans are still holding out hope the actor is lying (to keep his role secret) - or, even if he's not in for the new miniseries, could return down the line.
When Heroes first premiered on NBC - it was a hit. Audiences had never seen anything quite like it on television before, and by the time the first season was over, it was a cultural phenomenon. Unfortunately, the show began to decrease in quality the longer it went on - until the core audience it had so quickly garnered had left the show behind - leading to its cancellation.
Considering then, the disappointment that the series ended up being (overall) for fans - Heroes Reborn may have a lot of skeptics going in. The miniseries not only has to be as good, if not better, than the original show's first season, it also has to offer up something different for the superhero genre - an aspect it didn't have to deal with when it premiered back in 2006. The series has managed to acquire some incredible new talent and a fair number of solid returning cast members though - so as of right now - things are certainly looking positive for Heroes Reborn.
Heroes Reborn will premiere Thursdays @ 8pm this Fall on NBC.