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.