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Strike talk downs Heroes: Origins

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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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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.
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Origins should NOT be canceled. It sounds like an excellent idea... Just bump it to next season.
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it there fault is the net of video tube online stop with tech and think of smart way dam tech
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This definitely should NOT be canceled. They should plan this for next year instead
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I only just recently heard about this. Dagnab.
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Damn Damn Damn
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I would have like to see more Heroes. This was a fun idea.
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Bwhahahaha, no more Heroes. Good.
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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
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WOW what a bummer. Well hopefully it will only be delayed this really was a great idea.
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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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bummer atleast it would have been something to watch during mid season hiatus
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Its too early in its life for Heroes to have a spin off but the writing/storyline for this season is weaker that season 1, Origins may have injected new blood into the world of Heroes.
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I don't care, Heroes is very far from being my favourite show, or either a show that I appreciate.
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That is so beat I was looking forward to Kevin Smith and Eli Roth's episodes as well as voting for the new hero. This really sucksssssss.
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Can't say it breaks my heart at all, considering that they've already managed to steer the regular series into the rocks this season.
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I would be more dissapointed about this news if season 2 wasnt sucking ass. They should just re-name the show "the secret life of claire" and cancel it already.
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Lame. Super Lame.
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And what does Heroes: Origins have to do with anything?.
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hey man, what gives?
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Can't the settle this thing already. I was lookinfg forward to seeing what Kevin Smith was going to do.
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Summer might be a better time for Origins anyways.
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Hire non-union writers and the show shall go on.
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If Origins doesn't air during the break... I guess there's nothing we can do but wait for the new season to start... when any group goes on strike, everyone suffers.
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The Origins idea was way too much too soon. I know the show is hot right now, but a spin-off after one series? That's like putting out a greatest hits album after a band's debut release.



Nice idea, but a bit overkill. I'm glad they've 'postponed' it and let the proper series carry on as normal.
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Bummer...Poor Heroes. When it rains it pours.
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god why do they always stall...
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"Ok, twist my arm... I'll write the scripts. lol" Hahaha. Great idea. ;)
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Ok, twist my arm... I'll write the scripts. lol
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Boo! Gee get on with it. I need more heroes! Of course it will do well and Kevin Smith always kicks arse!
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I just don't feel it's because of the strike, they should have written six scripts by now. Could it be that the network is losing faith in Heroes bringing in the good ratings?
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I'm very disappointed because I was pretty excited about this spin-off. It would have been awesome so I hope they make it someday.
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If the Network and Writers care about their fans then they better get the deal done.
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That's sad!
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Thid kind of BS you normally expect for networks when they cancel good shows, but certanly not from writers, it totally sucks.



I just hope "ORIGINS" survives this strike, coz I personally love backflash episodes and prequels (when they're good, so I'm definitely not talking about "Episodes I, II and III")
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nooooooooo
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Things are falling apart for Heroes! Bad reviews, now this! :( Hopefully things will get better soon!
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The biggest problem with this strike farce is if it DOES happen, Roth and Smith might loose interest in the project and simply move on from Heroes Origins if the delay takes to long. That would suck. Personally I think they should be trying to get as much product complete BEFORE a strike. Remember, more filmed episodes means less reruns and a happier audience.
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