Remember Heroes, that show that was about, well, superheroes? Remember when people watched and cared about it? That seems like years ago, doesn’t it?
Sad news, Heroes aficionados: despite the cries from (few) die hard fans, it’s looking like NBC will cancel the once-popular franchise. This news comes to us from Vulture, who say the network is so pleased with the shows its picked up for the fall that it has very little interest in wrapping up the series.
Vulture goes on to point out that many — including fans and those working on the show — expected one more season as a way to tie up loose ends and create a conclusion, much like Lost is doing over at ABC. However, this was before NBC got their hands on some tantalizing new properties, including several hour-long dramas, spin-offs and comedies. The Peacock now thinks that it’s got enough new programs and hype to let Heroes fade away without any sort of denouement. I’m sure you’d hear hearts breaking right now if anyone still cared.
Heroes, which premiered back in 2006, was once a powerhouse for the network. It brought in nearly 20 million viewers and was the first show to capitalize on the buzz created by hour-long serials like Lost. However, things quickly went sour for the show, especially during and after the Writers Guild Strike. Season four, which ended back in February, was hardly watched and all buzz was gone. Still, conventional wisdom suggested we’d see a little more of the series. One more short season, one more chance to make things right and conclude the story. Well, guess not!
Apparently, it’s not all bad news though. There is a chance that NBC would create a TV movie for the fall to please the (dwindling) masses. We’ll surely know more next week when NBC presents its up-fronts for next season.
Regardless, it looks like things are definitely, certainly, irrefutably over for Heroes. And probably sooner rather than later.