TV returns seem all the rage these days, and while Heroes Reborn technically beat the current crop by months with its 2014 announcement, NBC remains bafflingly adamant it come to fruition. Original series star Masi Oka has been confirmed to return as the time-bending Hiro Nakamura, alongside a slew of new recruits and an apparent fall 2015 airdate.

Per NBC’s official announcement, Hawaii Five-0 star Oka will reprise the role of Hiro for a multi-episode arc in the new series, the first original cast member to return aside from Jack Coleman’s Noah Bennett. Apart from its now-projected fall premiere, Reborn has also added to its ranks Ryan Guzman, Danika Yarosh, Judith Shekoni, Kiki Sukezane, Henry Zebrowski and Gatlin Green as … you know, heroic people. Who are apparently reborn.

Says Heroes creator Tim Kring of the totally-real announcement, which is in no way contributing to an elaborate prank on NBC’s part:

We are thrilled to have Masi back in the Heroes family. The character of Hiro Nakamura was such a huge part of the first series’ success, and a gigantic fan favorite. We felt the fans would really love seeing him back in action again.

Past series leads Zachary Quinto, Ali Larter and Milo Ventimiglia all previously shot down the possibility of returning to the Heroes franchise, along with Nashville star and Heroes alum Hayden Panettiere. The new series also boasts higher profile additions in the likes of Chuck star Zachari Levi, and Once Upon A Time villain Robbie Kay.

Will Masi Oka be the last of the original crew to join Heroes Reborn? Will NBC actually go through with making Heroes Reborn a thing, right down to the bitter end? Let’s find out together, in wondrous disdain!

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