Is it wrong that the biggest moment of the 2014 Olympics for many might go down as the surprise announcement that Heroes was returning during NBC’s Saturday night Olympic telecast? To NBC’s credit, they chose the perfect moment to shock the world by teasing the return of Heroes.
While often these types of announcements are made in a behind-the-scenes deal with the network’s preferred media outlets, NBC instead put it out there in a mysterious trailer, which sent fans scrambling to social media to find out if it was real. The element of surprise seems to have paid off for NBC, as despite the struggles the show had near the end of its run, most of the fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.
The fact that NBC is bringing the series back as a mini-series rather than an ongoing series also could be a smart move. One of the challenges of the original Heroes was that the weekly ongoing series format often made it seem like the same storylines were going on forever. A mini-series should allow NBC to create a self-contained series with a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Even though NBC announced in a statement, “we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in,” it appears as if the news even caught many of the show’s former cast members off guard.
Two of the shows biggest stars, Hayden Panettiere and Zachary Quinto, have yet to officially comment on the show’s return, but a number of other cast members have now weighed in via Twitter with their surprise and excitement.
Masi Oka, who played Hiro Nakamura, tweeted, “Was watching the Olympics and saw the #HeroesReborn trailer. Time to dust off the sword?”
Greg Gunberg, who played Matt Parkman, tweeted, “Pretty Cool. #HeroesReborn.”
Milo Ventimiglia, who played Peter Petrelli, tweeted, “Pretty big news. Congrats @heroes.”0comments
David H. Lawrence XVII, who played Eric Doyle the Puppetmaster, tweeted a link to the announcement video, along with the text, “What? … Oh, yeah. So happy for @TimKring and crew. Looking forward to seeing what they do! #Heroes #HeroesReborn.”
Sendhil Ramamurthy, who played Mohinder Suresh, tweeted a link to news coverage of the announcement, along with the text, “Hmmmm...... #HeroesReborn.”