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Heroes creator pledges to start from scratch

Heroes: Season 2

Story by Jack Foley

TIM Kring, creator of sci-fi TV hit Heroes, has vowed to start from scratch in the fourth season of the show, in a bid to halt the decline in viewing figures.

The decision comes in response to criticism from fans, who suggested the show had lost its direction over the course of its second and third seasons.

US television network NBC remains committed to Heroes, which is due to start its fourth season in the US on February 2, but its president, Angela Bromstad, says she believes the show had taken on too much in terms of story and character.

Heroes follows the exploits of a group of individuals who have extraordinary abilities as they attempt to cope with their place in the world, and threats to its survival.

It was a huge hit in 2006 and won a Golden Globe and a People’s Choice Award for favourite new TV drama, as well as landing eight Emmy nominations.

But despite becoming a phenomenon, season two of the show failed to capitalise on its position and split fans over its merits. In the US, viewing figures dipped from a peak of nearly 14 million to just over 11 million… while series three saw an even greater slump, to 8.5 million.

In the UK, a similar decline has been noted by BBC2, where the final show in the third season only attracted 2.24 million, as opposed to the 4.3 million who tuned in for the season opener – although, admittedly, the scheduling was changed as Christmas approached.

But Kring remains confident of being able to turn it around and said that the start of the fourth season would provide newcomers – and even the disillusioned – with a fresh opportunity to get acquainted with the show.

He told US magazine TV Guide: “There’s almost nothing that the audience needs to know from the previous volume in order to follow the storyline [on this one].”

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