Talking about where the original “Heroes” went wrong as well as what NBC’s new version, “Heroes Reborn,” will get right, Tim Kring, the show’s creator, said the reboot is taking what seems to be an unusual approach.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Kring, who pumped up the new project during a session Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, says the approach he’s taking is that the story has continued to move along the whole time “Heroes” has been off the air.
The original ran four seasons before NBC pulled the plug in 2010 amid waning viewer numbers and rising complaints by the show’s fans about some of the creative decision making.
At TCA, Kring lamented how things went down five years ago. “The show ended and we didn’t know we were going off the air,” he told reporters. “We left at a time where Hayden Panettiere [who played Claire] for four seasons, the whole world had never known there were people with powers in the world and we ended on a scene where she outs that there were people with powers. It was almost an obligatory baton pass to where we needed to go from there. Because we didn’t get to have that fifth season, I had in my mind that there was an unfinished [piece] of this.”
Five years later, Kring is relishing the chance to make it right.
“We now have the benefit of being five years later — and we’re starting the show … [with that’s] how much time has passed. We’re saying the exact amount of time that [‘Heroes’ has] been off, is the amount of time the story moved,” he said. “This is not the fifth season; we’re treating this as the 10th season — as if there were stories in between. I’d always wanted to tell the story of what happened in that time.”
NBC has set a two-hour premiere for “Heroes Reborn” Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.