Strike talk downs Heroes: Origins

By Tim Surette

Nov 01, 2007

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The superpowered characters at the crux of NBC's Heroes have proven themselves worthy of handling seemingly insurmountable obstacles, be it secret underground corporations or power-stealing supervillains. However, there is one group that can stop them dead in their tracks: Hollywood writers.

Facing complications stemming from an imminent Writers Guild Association (WGA) strike, NBC has decided to yank Heroes: Origins from its midseason schedule, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Origins, a self-contained spin-off from the sci-fi hit, was supposed to air for six episodes during Heroes' midseason hiatus. There's no word on whether it is simply postponed or being swept under the rug for good.

The Hollywood Reporter also says that Heroes' declining ratings in its sophomore season may have scared off the network from committing to the production of Origins (though show creator Tim Kring thinks there is nothing to worry about). Excitement for the expansion was initially massive, with prominent names Kevin Smith (Clerks) and Eli Roth (Hostel) attached to write and direct episodes.

The show would have followed one new superhero per episode and detailed his or her experiences with newly discovered powers. In addition, one of the six characters would have become a regular on Heroes after an American Idol-esque vote by viewers.

This delay marks the first strike-associated maneuver by a network this season, and it likely won't be the last. The WGA's most recent contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) expired at midnight on Wednesday, but as of press time, a strike had not been officially declared. At the heart of the issue is profit sharing for DVD sales and digitally distributed programs.

Heroes airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. on NBC. For more information on the show, check out TV.com's previous coverage.

For more on the writers strike, check out TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.

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  • charky05 Dec 11, 2007

    You can only expect the unexpected from TV anymore. If a good show has a short slump, it's "Oh no, let's give up,& try something else". There have been many very good shows that have got canned for one stupid reason or another. Of course, one reason 'Heroes' may have gotten in a slump, many times it would run a few minutes over(not the only show that does that), & if you had it set to record like me, you would miss miss the end. Maybe people got tired of that & stopped watching. And you're going to say, set the DVR to record late, the problem with that is, another good show may come on at 9 (CST). And you didn't want to miss the beginning of it. I really enjoyed Heroes, but that one thing really ticked me off.

  • jaws_ Dec 03, 2007

    Origins should NOT be canceled. It sounds like an excellent idea... Just bump it to next season.

  • _Sam_ Nov 07, 2007

    This definitely should NOT be canceled. They should plan this for next year instead

  • agent_0042 Nov 06, 2007

    I only just recently heard about this. Dagnab.

  • ZOnikJJ Nov 06, 2007

    Damn Damn Damn

  • unicron2136 Nov 05, 2007

    I would have like to see more Heroes. This was a fun idea.

  • Jonne9 Nov 05, 2007

    Bwhahahaha, no more Heroes. Good.

  • Naz23 Nov 04, 2007

    OWww! :( oh well still its a wicked shot but atm its going really slow. There hasn't been a episode where its really moved on but i still love it :D

  • dsr112180 Nov 04, 2007

    WOW what a bummer. Well hopefully it will only be delayed this really was a great idea.

  • Resist_or_Serve Nov 02, 2007

    I was really hoping this would come into light. I wanted to see what Kevin Smith could do with an already great show like Heroes is. While I do think that this second season is a bit weaker in the writing standards left by the first season it is still standing its own with its odd formula, but surely Heroes origins could have been just as great as the first season made us feel without all the complication mixed in by the latest season and a vote for a new hero to permanently join the cast of the tv show would have something to behold and interesting to many fans. I just hope this great idea for a show dosn't stay buried forever.

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