If you listen everyone’s favorite telepath, Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman on the show), it would seem that Heroes is in for another season. Despite low ratings and rumors of cancellation year after year, Grunberg believes he’s got the evidence to support his statement. What’s this evidence he speaks of?
“We wrapped yesterday and the [final episode] is nowhere near a series finale. It is cliffhanger-y and exciting, but it is nowhere near an end to a series that people are so invested in. It does not tie everything up in a neat bow… I don’t have any doubt that the show will be back.”
Hmmm… Do you want to break the news to him or should I? Just because a season finale has a cliffhanger doesn’t mean that it’s going to be renewed. There are a million shows that were canceled on cliffhangers (Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, for example). Grunberg could have just called up past Heroes writer Bryan Fuller, as Fuller’s resume is full of shows getting canceled on cliffhangers (Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me).
Still, that’s not Grunberg’s only proof… He also says that Heroes' strong DVD sales and popularity overseas will help propel it into another season.
I love Greg Grunberg, I really do, but he should know that NBC doesn’t care about overseas numbers. Case in point, Baywatch was the number one syndicated show around the world for many, many years after it had been canceled.
Alright, let’s say that Grunberg is correct and Heroes somehow makes it to another season. What would he like to see?
“We will wrap it up properly in the next season and get to 100 episodes.”
Citing Lost and their decision to set an end date:
“Lost announced an end [date] and I think that helped both the people working on the show and the people watching it. They see the finish line and I think it gives them something tangible to invest in and be excited about. It’s like it’s a movie and they want to see the end of it. That’s what I hope happens with our show.”
Fair enough, he’s got a point there. The problem is that I don’t think people are as invested in Heroes as they used to be. I still watch it and think that this season is far better then previous ones, but I wouldn’t exactly say I’m “invested.”
What do you think? Are you still invested in Heroes? Could you sit through another season? Could the pay-off and end-game be worth it?
Catch Heroes Monday's @9PM on NBC.
Source: The Ausiello Files