Although it was always intended as a one-time event series, “Heroes Reborn” will not be returning for a second installment.
“As far as I know there are no more incarnations of ‘Heroes’ coming,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters, including Variety, Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
Greenblatt reiterated that it was “always the plan” to just put out just one season. “I think we’re coming to the end of the world though,” Greenblatt added with a smile. “Stay tuned.”
However, the NBC boss did leave a bit of hope for fans, saying that “Heroes” is more-than-likely done, “unless Tim woke up one day and said, ‘Oh, I have another chapter to tell,'” he said of the franchise’s creator Tim Kring.
Before his comments about the show’s future, at the beginning of his executive session at TCA, Greenblatt touted “Heroes Reborn” for performing well on Thursday nights. The follow-up to the fan-favorite 2006 series, “Reborn” generated strong viewer interest at the outset, averaging a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.1 million same-night viewers when it premiered in September, but then it cooled off — and last week’s soft midseason return might have sealed its fate, as it did just a 1.0 in the demo and 3.7 million total viewers.
At the summer TCA press tour last year before “Reborn” debuted, Kring told the press “we’ve only spoken about doing this,” in regards to the initial 13 episodes. “That being said, I’ve always felt that the brand was elastic enough and a broad enough premise. It’s a show about ordinary people with extraordinary powers. It’s an indeterminate [amount of] people around the world and then they have to save the world. I feel confident that we can find more story to tell with some returning characters and new ones.”
If “Reborn” was a huge hit, there’s no doubt NBC may have explored options to produce another installment, but with the declining numbers, its sensible that the network stuck with their original plan of a one-time event series.
Rick Kissell contributed to this report.