What would you do if you woke up one morning and suddenly could fly, predict the future, stop time, instantly heal, or had superhuman strength? The groundbreaking TV series "Heroes," created by Tim Kring, addressed what happens when everyday people suddenly acquire skills and superpowers worthy of comic book characters.
On February 22, NBC announced with a surprise commercial during the Olympics that the saga will return in 2015 with a 13-episode stand-alone story arc called "Heroes Reborn." NBC will also launch a digital series prior to the 2015 premiere that will introduce the characters and new storylines.
"The enormous impact 'Heroes' had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening," said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke in a statement. "Shows with that kind of resonance don't come around often and we thought it was time for another installment. We're thrilled that visionary creator Tim Kring was as excited about jumping back into this show as we were and we look forward to all the new textures and layers Tim plans to add to his original concept."
The original "Heroes" series, which ran four seasons from 2006 to 2010, won numerous awards and nominations including Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, People's Choice Awards, and British Academy Television Awards. According to NBC.com, "Heroes" remains one of the best-selling TV series on DVD of all time with more than 10 million units sold.
"Heroes" also explored transmedia storytelling techniques by creating online comics, webisodes and an interactive experience called "Hero Evolutions" to run simultaneously with the TV show.
While the hit show was cancelled only four years ago, many of the stars of "Heroes" -- such as Zachary Quinto, Hayden Panettiere, and Milo Ventimiglia are already committed to movies and other TV shows. However, that doesn't mean they can't appear on the new show as a cameo or two.
"Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won't rule out the possibility of some of the show's original cast members popping back in," Salke said.
Was watching the Olympics and saw the #HeroesReborn trailer. Time to dust off the sword?— Masi Oka (@MasiOka) February 23, 2014
While "Heroes" creator Kring isn't spilling any superhero spoilers, NBC did release this cryptic teaser trailer for "Heroes Reborn" on TV and Youtube. The official Heroes Twitter account has also began promoting the series as well as some upcoming giveaways.