As if there isn't enough going on in 2015, NBC wants you to save the cheerleader, save the world. Again.
During tonight's broadcast of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, NBC aired a fifteen-second promo that teased the return of the superhero series Heroes. Similar to the TV miniseries 24: Live Another Day, Heroes will return sometime in 2015 with a 13-episode miniseries titled Heroes Reborn.
Created by Tim Kring, Heroes ran for four seasons on NBC from 2006 to 2010 and featured a random group of people who discover they have distinct superhuman abilities following a strange solar eclipse event. The series was notable for launching the careers of Zachary Quinto (Gabriel Gray/Sylar) and Hayden Panettiere (Claire Bennet), in addition to featuring actors such as Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli), Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura) and Jack Coleman (Noah Bennet).
The decision to bring back Heroes is an interesting one, considering the series started off with a fantastic first season, only to drop considerably in quality during Seasons Two and Three, and finally rebound slightly in Season Four, but too late to recover its diminished ratings. However, with high-profile superhero movies The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the still-untitled Superman/Batman film scheduled for 2015, and the rising number of superhero TV projects from various networks, it seems NBC is hoping to get some of that for themselves.
"The enormous impact Heroes had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening," said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. "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 cast members popping back in."
You can check out the 15-second teaser below, in all its vague and uninformative glory, thanks to NBC's official YouTube account...