Cheerleaders kissing other chicks only goes so far in the ratings department. What really does the trick is killing off characters, and that's exactly what Heroes is going to do.
In front of the camera and on the red carpet television actors are all smiles, hugs, and "what up, girl!" But of course these thespians we put on a pedestal also happen to be human beings (well, most of them anyway), which means behind the scenes, hair is flying, tantrums are thrown, and feelings are crushed.
Two of NBC's once-promising series limped to the finish line last night, and while one is guaranteed another chance to fight, the other is at the mercy of network executives. Neither Chuck nor Heroes impressed in their season finales last night, concluding disappointing seasons ratings-wise.
Earlier this month, Heroes fans' jaws collectively dropped when news hit that one of the show's actors actually wanted out of his/her contract. The identity of the dissenter was unknown, but allegedly it was one of the bigger names on the roster and a regular who has been on since season one.
Word has already gotten out that NBC will be bringing back Heroes for a fourth season, but things may look a little different when all is said and done. NBC is looking to cut back on the episode count of Heroes when it returns next year, says Adage, citing the economy and a growing trend of shorter seasons.