Heroes return doesn't include Origins

By Tim Surette

Apr 03, 2008

Good news and bad news for Heroes fans. Good news first: Heroes, as everyone knows, is coming back...but what people didn't know is that it's coming back big, according to NBC-owned SciFi.com.

The return for the superhero saga has been set for September 15, but here's the kicker--it's going to be a three-hour event. The season three premiere will be preceded by a one-hour "clip show" catching people up on the first two seasons/volumes, and the premiere itself will be a two-hour episode, which NBC TV exec Ben Silverman calls a "massive two-hour Heroes film."

It was previously revealed that "Chapter Three" would be subtitled "Villains," and focus on ordinary people with extraordinary abilities who use their new found powers for the not-so-good.

Now for the bad news. The proposed stand-alone Heroes spin-off Heroes: Origins is officially dead--for now. Originally designed to expand the Heroes universe while the show was white-hot, Origins was slated to have guest directors and tell stories of new heroes, one of which would eventually be folded into the regular show.

"We were taxing our creative team to do too much around that," Silverman said at the NBC upfront presentation to advertisers in New York yesterday. "We wanted 35 Heroes [episodes] and 12 Heroes: Origins, each of which was supposed to be a mini-movie and backdoor pilot. We reached far and challenged our people, and we decided it was better to focus on keeping the Heroes mothership as strong as possible."

In the meantime, Heroes fans can fill their time thinking about which recently announced Heroes action figure they want to buy.

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  • lilgirl21 May 14, 2008

    can't wait until september 15th. I can finally figure out who shot Nathen Petrelli and if Nikki really is dead or she coming back as Jessica

  • busanchez Apr 30, 2008

    Hey frampton02, thats what Tivo is for! BTW we cant get anything supersized at McDonalds anymore.. someone thought we got too fat. I'm going to go get a snack now. Yes I agree that Heroes is the best show I have seen in long.. long time. Enjoy!

  • frampton02 Apr 25, 2008

    omg! i downloaded season 2 from a source on the internet which was a hd recording of the NBC airing. I am from the UK so series 2 started yesterday but i couldnt wait till then. I was watching your version...and suddenly realised something...Its true wot people say about americans...you have no attention span! Every 5 minutes (no exageration) would be another 3 minute ad break! In the UK it is aired with no adverts wotsoeva (And we still understand it without being sidetracked by a bag of chips on the coffee table). I am preety sure that at least 90% of the people i am talking about couldnt manage 2 read this far into this comment (Well done you for not giving in...but u still have enough time to go to mcdonalds for a supersize meal b4 i finish). Anyway...back to the point lol. Heroes is amazing...its preety close to one of the best things that came from USA. PS. As soon as season 3 is aired over there...plz can people upload episode by episode to mininova.org. Don't think i cud handle having to wait until this time next year 2 get my hands on it (Especially knowing you have seen it, and it past. Thx

  • GameGuy08 Apr 25, 2008

    September 15th...
    This season better be damn good if they're making us way this long. Holy crap...

    And hopefully this season won't get completely destroyed by another strike.

  • BIGDRACON Apr 14, 2008

    I agree, they have to focus on the main, not on other things. In a second thought, they have to give to another directors the collateral series, something like expand universe, cool!

  • Willy105 Apr 08, 2008

    Canceling Origins was a good idea.

    The main show is all that matters.

  • PH03N1XFlames Apr 08, 2008

    Season 2 DVD?

  • shsteve Apr 07, 2008

    Heroes: Origins was a stupid idea to begin with anyway, so I'm glad they packed that in. They were over-reaching before they even began, with the network going spin-off cash-in crazy.

  • Damir3X Apr 06, 2008

    Ahhh september so long but it will pay of 3h event 35eps :P

  • mFuk Apr 06, 2008

    great news but such along wait .... I´m just greatfull this series is continuing & not being cancedlled half way like so many others. TBH I´m now reluctant to watch new tv series though fear they will get cancelled, even with heroes I waited entill season 2 had finished before starting to watch from the beginning of season 1 - I´ve grown tired of commiting myself to a series only to be left holding the can & wondering what happens. Anyways as said allready I´m really pleased to hear this news.

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