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"Heroes: Origins" Shelved

I was really looking forward to "Heroes: Origins". The concept was to create six standalone episodes, each based on a single hero. These heroes would not be the main players, like Hiro or Peter, but rather the side characters. I loved the idea, and, even more, loved the thought that the season would be extended for six more episodes. Less reruns!

However, the Hollywood Reporter has posted that the series has been shelved. The report states "...the network hasn't officially canceled the spinoff", but the producers "...have given no indication of when it might get a spot on the schedule".

Big bummer.

The article indicates that it is possible that fear of the writer's strike spurred the move. Although that may have been a factor, I think NBC is a bit disappointed with the ratings and reviews of "Heroes" this season.

The ratings numbers have clearly been depressed. In addition, many sites have declared that season 2 just sucks. The best analogy that I have heard (and, sorry, I can't find the source) was:

"The theme of season one was 'Save the Cheerleader, Save the World'. The theme for season two seems to be 'Maybe we should go to Montreal?' It just doesn't have the same impact.":

I think that just about sums it up. Kring and company have trouble with continuity as writers and rely mainly on their ability to create good cliffhanger situations to string the viewer along. That works for a while, but eventually you need some payoff. This season, we are still waiting.

come on, guys. The seasons only just begun. Right now they just have to introduce the new characters and reintroduce the old. In the first season, the theme "Save the cheerleader, save the word" didn't appear until we were several show's into the season. I think next week's show will start to pull everything together with Peter going into the future.

-- Posted by: KC at November 2, 2007 5:44 PM

Do you see what you wrote in your comment? Introduce new characters? And then re-introduce the old ones? What, are we supposed to give a pass to season one? Why. not. move. on.
This show sucks. Awful. As soon as there's some action, they never show it fully. What do they show? Some flying kid dropping unbreakable girl and a girl with black eyeballs turning everyone else's eyeballs black.
Wow. Sign me up now.
This show sucks. I hope they cancel the real series and not just this origins nonsense.
Six more episodes of nothing happening?
Six more new characters who do nothing?
You five people still watching?

-- Posted by: brian at November 2, 2007 8:34 PM

Clearly, Brian wasn't in the three hour long line at Comic Con for the Heroes panel. Also, it would seem he's not a fan of long form programming.

Maybe the networks are right, and attention spans have grown shorter over the years....

-- Posted by: Mike Shields at November 6, 2007 10:14 AM

With this week's episode and The Company's renewed interest in Claire, I think the theme is still "Save the Cheerleader, save the world."

-- Posted by: Connie at November 8, 2007 4:32 PM