‘Heroes Reborn’ Upped to Two-Hour Premiere, Additional Seasons Possible
We’ll admit that the first trailer for NBC’s Heroes Reborn made the series seem less laughable than a Heroes revival in principle alone, but the network has even more confidence in its superhero drama’s second round. Not only has the September premiere doubled in size, bumping The Blacklist, but we may yet get a second season.
As confirmed by NBC boss Bob Goldblatt at today’s TCA press tour panel, the September 24 premiere has jumped from one hour to two, pushing back The Blacklist’s Season 3 debut to October 1. As if that weren’t a strong enough show of confidence, Greenblatt remains open to a second season, offering “At the moment we’re looking at one 13-episode big story. The future, we’ll see what happens.”
As to how the show seems better suited to a 13-episode run:
The world changed since the show went off, and I think Tim Kring is the first person to tell you that it would have been better off if it had just been a 13-episode show. The first season had 13 and was embraced, and then [Kring] had to go into 22 episodes a year and there was a break in the air pattern. I think it was a show that would have benefited from fewer episodes and a more compacted kind of season.
So reads the full Heroes Reborn synopsis:
A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.
Noah Bennet, aka HRG (Jack Coleman, reprising his role from the original), has gone off the grid but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, A to Z) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.
While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Awkward teen Tommy (Robbie Kay, Once Upon a Time) just wants to be normal and win the girl of his dreams, Emily (Gatlin Green, Criminal Minds), but normalcy is virtually impossible after learning of a new ability that terrifies him. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing, a bold and ethereal teenager, Malina (Danika Yarosh, Shameless), has been told she is destined for greatness. In Tokyo, a quiet and unique young woman, Miko (Kiki Sukezane, Death Yankee 3), is trying to track down her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with. Elsewhere, a different type of hero is emerging through former soldier Carlos (Ryan Guzman, The Boy Next Door).
Meanwhile, Erica (Rya Kihlstedt, Masters of Sex), the head of the highly successful tech conglomerate Renautas, has an agenda of her own.
For better or for worse, some are fated to cross paths with assorted heroes of the past, including Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), among others. Yet, together, their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world and mankind.