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Heroes to return as TV mini-series

Heroes: Season 1

Story by Jack Foley

TIM Kring’s Heroes is to return to TV as a one-off ‘event’ mini-series.

NBC has revived the series, which originally ran from 2006 to 2010 and helped launch the careers of Zachary Quinto, Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere, among others.

The decision underlines the success of superhero programmes on TV, with both Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and DC’s Arrow proving big ratings draws.

NBC is also preparing a DC Comics take on Constantine, while Gotham – a Batman prequel – is also currently being cast.

Commenting on the decision to revive Heroes, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said: “The enormous impact Heroes had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening.

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.

“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 castmembers popping back in.”

Although the first season of Heroes proved a runaway success, seasons two and three fared less well, suffering from poor reviews and dwindling viewing figures. Kring moved on to the similarly ill-fated Touch with Kiefer Sutherland.

But many of the stars of the show, most notably Quinto who has gone on to play Spock in the Star Trek movie series, have found wider success.

It is not yet known which of the show’s original stars, if any, will return.

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