Heroes News Round-up: New Web Series, Writers Fired, Budget Cutbacks

While the season is in full swing, I really try not to post too much news bits, as they tend to take focus away from the show’s ongoing episodes and onto things that I think are somewhat trivial. (Hayden and Milo splitting up, for instance. Too bad for them, but it doesn’t affect the show at all.) But there are some things that you can’t ignore, such as the recent news of more writers being fired from the Heroes staff. There are some good news, too, like a new web series being in the works.

Let’s start with the positive stuff first. TubeFilter has news that NBC is prepping a new web series for April of this year, which would make it the fourth series so far. The new series would focus on the villain Eric Doyle (played by David H. Lawrence).

The series is in post-production with David H. Lawrence, who plays Eric Doyle on the network series, said to star along with a few other actors crossing over from the main narrative. The web series will pick up where the show leaves off in April on the life of Eric Doyle, the Heroes marionette character.

The last time we saw Doyle, he was seen getting his comeuppance at the hands of Sylar. This would be a prequel, then?

Meanwhile, some more bad news from behind-the-scenes of Heroes. Yesterday I got this email from Isa, saying that one of the show’s writers, Chris Zatta, has been let go due to “downsizing”. Apparently Zatta isn’t the only one, but he doesn’t mention who else were “let go”. Among Zatta’s works on the show were the episodes “Cold Wars”, “Dying of the Light”, and “Parasite”.

Here’s the full letter:

Greetings all,

I just got this message from Chris Zatta, one of the Heroic League of Scribblers, i.e. the Heroes writers. It’s not good. I think it’s time for the fandom to step up and make our displeasure known.

Hey Isa,

Regarding next season, I haven’t heard anything official from NBC either. But the writers have been moving forward with the idea that there will be a Season 4. Hopefully NBC will announce something to confirm it sooner rather than later.

On another point, I am sad to say that I am no longer with Heroes. NBC decided to cut back on the budget for the show and part of that plan involved downsizing on the lower level writers. It’s been wonderful emailing with you this season and hearing the fan reactions, but I will have to put you in touch with someone else on the show for now.

I think it’s time to start thinking about a contingency plan for if NBC announces cancellation. Because I, for one, will not let this show go down without a fight.

Thoughts?

In Service,
~Isa

It’s a bad economy, and people get fired. I’m not all that surprise that people are losing their jobs on the show at this time. This is the real world, after all. Two of my own cousins have been laid off from their jobs earlier this year. So I don’t see this as “problems” within the Heroes staff, just the result of a bad economy in the States at the moment.

As well, I’m not surprised to learn that NBC plans to cut back the budget for the show should there be a fourth season (NBC hasn’t said either way). Heroes is already one of the more expensive productions for the network, and if cutting the budget means keeping the show on the air, I’ll certainly accept that.

What do you guys think?


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  • 311

    They cannot cancel Heroes, I will march to NBC and we all can riot together lol.

    • Jeff

      I’ll march down there with you holding a pitch fork and a torch!!!
      I’ll get medieval on them if I gotta…

    • Jeff

      I’ll march down there with you holding a pitch fork and a torch!!!
      I’ll get medieval on them if I gotta…

  • 311

    They cannot cancel Heroes, I will march to NBC and we all can riot together lol.

  • 311

    They cannot cancel Heroes, I will march to NBC and we all can riot together lol.

    • Jeff

      I’ll march down there with you holding a pitch fork and a torch!!!
      I’ll get medieval on them if I gotta…

  • billy-the-kid

    All good shows have to come to an end i just hope the show just doesn’t end open ended. I hate when shows get canceled and the last episode leave everyone saying “What happen, did it all work out, or did they really kill off all those Characters”.

    Lets be honest every good show just ends poorly. I don’t what it is but have yet watch an ending I am happy with.

  • billy-the-kid

    All good shows have to come to an end i just hope the show just doesn’t end open ended. I hate when shows get canceled and the last episode leave everyone saying “What happen, did it all work out, or did they really kill off all those Characters”.

    Lets be honest every good show just ends poorly. I don’t what it is but have yet watch an ending I am happy with.

  • Glossy

    i know what you mean! but some networks get so much mail about that stuff that they bring back the show for a few more epi’s to wrap it up properly.
    I’ll miss heroes so much! Seriously, i have had nightmares about the show being cancelled since it started, because its so great! if this show gets canceled, iw ill never be dedicated to a show again!!!

  • Glossy

    i know what you mean! but some networks get so much mail about that stuff that they bring back the show for a few more epi’s to wrap it up properly.
    I’ll miss heroes so much! Seriously, i have had nightmares about the show being cancelled since it started, because its so great! if this show gets canceled, iw ill never be dedicated to a show again!!!

  • http://goheroes! Glossy

    i know what you mean! but some networks get so much mail about that stuff that they bring back the show for a few more epi’s to wrap it up properly.
    I’ll miss heroes so much! Seriously, i have had nightmares about the show being cancelled since it started, because its so great! if this show gets canceled, iw ill never be dedicated to a show again!!!

  • supes

    It wont be cancelled, ppl were worried about lost when it was in its season 3, and heroes is much better so dont worry it wont get cancelled, i’m 100% confident of that. I agree that season 2 and 3 aint as awesome as season 1, but season 2 was still awesome, and season 3 is ore awesomer than 2, and season 4 will be equally as awesome as 1, or as close as were ever get, but lost went through the same thing, there season 1 was awesome, but season 2 and the 1st 3 quarters of season 3 wasnt as awesome as season 1, but then it got back on track at the end of season 3 and season 4 and so far season 5, so i think heroes will d the same, and like i sid heroes is better, so all you heroes lovers out there CHILL!

    • Ravenclaw

      I hope your right, but Lost has higher ratings than Heroes in general, every TV show I’ve ever liked on nbc has been canceled after the first season except for Heroes, and if you ever look at the ratings that Heroes episodes get, season one and two have an average of 11 million people or something, season three has somewhere around 7 million, and the last episode had the lowest. Even though most people on this site liked volume three, most people in the US didn’t, and volume four hasn’t started to repair the damage yet. I’m not worried in the slightest about Heroes having an open ending, because enough people love Heroes to make nbc give a few last episodes to end it how it should, but there might not be enough people to get nbc to continue Heroes for another season. I think that if the ratings stay where they are or rise then nbc with give Heroes another chance, but if the ratings drop any lower, I don’t see a hope for season four other than a few episodes to truly end Heroes. I say, everyone tell your friends that don’t watch heroes to watch it, give them a little info on what they need to know in order to watch it, or show them the dvds of the first two seasons. That’s what I’ve done and I’ve gotten two of my friends hooked to Heroes as much as myself, and now I’m working on getting two more to watch it.

  • supes

    It wont be cancelled, ppl were worried about lost when it was in its season 3, and heroes is much better so dont worry it wont get cancelled, i’m 100% confident of that. I agree that season 2 and 3 aint as awesome as season 1, but season 2 was still awesome, and season 3 is ore awesomer than 2, and season 4 will be equally as awesome as 1, or as close as were ever get, but lost went through the same thing, there season 1 was awesome, but season 2 and the 1st 3 quarters of season 3 wasnt as awesome as season 1, but then it got back on track at the end of season 3 and season 4 and so far season 5, so i think heroes will d the same, and like i sid heroes is better, so all you heroes lovers out there CHILL!

    • Ravenclaw

      I hope your right, but Lost has higher ratings than Heroes in general, every TV show I’ve ever liked on nbc has been canceled after the first season except for Heroes, and if you ever look at the ratings that Heroes episodes get, season one and two have an average of 11 million people or something, season three has somewhere around 7 million, and the last episode had the lowest. Even though most people on this site liked volume three, most people in the US didn’t, and volume four hasn’t started to repair the damage yet. I’m not worried in the slightest about Heroes having an open ending, because enough people love Heroes to make nbc give a few last episodes to end it how it should, but there might not be enough people to get nbc to continue Heroes for another season. I think that if the ratings stay where they are or rise then nbc with give Heroes another chance, but if the ratings drop any lower, I don’t see a hope for season four other than a few episodes to truly end Heroes. I say, everyone tell your friends that don’t watch heroes to watch it, give them a little info on what they need to know in order to watch it, or show them the dvds of the first two seasons. That’s what I’ve done and I’ve gotten two of my friends hooked to Heroes as much as myself, and now I’m working on getting two more to watch it.

    • Ravenclaw

      I hope your right, but Lost has higher ratings than Heroes in general, every TV show I’ve ever liked on nbc has been canceled after the first season except for Heroes, and if you ever look at the ratings that Heroes episodes get, season one and two have an average of 11 million people or something, season three has somewhere around 7 million, and the last episode had the lowest. Even though most people on this site liked volume three, most people in the US didn’t, and volume four hasn’t started to repair the damage yet. I’m not worried in the slightest about Heroes having an open ending, because enough people love Heroes to make nbc give a few last episodes to end it how it should, but there might not be enough people to get nbc to continue Heroes for another season. I think that if the ratings stay where they are or rise then nbc with give Heroes another chance, but if the ratings drop any lower, I don’t see a hope for season four other than a few episodes to truly end Heroes. I say, everyone tell your friends that don’t watch heroes to watch it, give them a little info on what they need to know in order to watch it, or show them the dvds of the first two seasons. That’s what I’ve done and I’ve gotten two of my friends hooked to Heroes as much as myself, and now I’m working on getting two more to watch it.

  • supes

    It wont be cancelled, ppl were worried about lost when it was in its season 3, and heroes is much better so dont worry it wont get cancelled, i’m 100% confident of that. I agree that season 2 and 3 aint as awesome as season 1, but season 2 was still awesome, and season 3 is ore awesomer than 2, and season 4 will be equally as awesome as 1, or as close as were ever get, but lost went through the same thing, there season 1 was awesome, but season 2 and the 1st 3 quarters of season 3 wasnt as awesome as season 1, but then it got back on track at the end of season 3 and season 4 and so far season 5, so i think heroes will d the same, and like i sid heroes is better, so all you heroes lovers out there CHILL!

  • supes

    It wont be cancelled, ppl were worried about lost when it was in its season 3, and heroes is much better so dont worry it wont get cancelled, i’m 100% confident of that. I agree that season 2 and 3 aint as awesome as season 1, but season 2 was still awesome, and season 3 is ore awesomer than 2, and season 4 will be equally as awesome as 1, or as close as were ever get, but lost went through the same thing, there season 1 was awesome, but season 2 and the 1st 3 quarters of season 3 wasnt as awesome as season 1, but then it got back on track at the end of season 3 and season 4 and so far season 5, so i think heroes will d the same, and like i sid heroes is better, so all you heroes lovers out there CHILL!

  • Andrewk

    Personally, I think that Fugitives will give NBC no choice but to renew Hereos for a fourth season. I think that if the writer can(and I expect that they will) really make this volume a good one, then season 4 will be guaranteed. I wouldn’t worry about it.

  • Andrewk

    Personally, I think that Fugitives will give NBC no choice but to renew Hereos for a fourth season. I think that if the writer can(and I expect that they will) really make this volume a good one, then season 4 will be guaranteed. I wouldn’t worry about it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/tarot999 Tarot

    What do we have in the works for plans? Petitions? Rallies? Any other ideas? If the fans of Family Guy could get Fox to bring their show back after being canceled, we certainly ought to be able to PREVENT our show Heroes being canceled in the first place.

    • AndrewK

      I think something needs to be done. That is for sure. Even if it means all of us writing letters to NBC stating that Heroes is still loved by its viewers

      • http://www.myspace.com/tarot999 Tarot

        I don’t suppose you have an address for NBC handy?

        I was also thinking of posting something in my blog over on MyNBC. It’s a long shot but seeing as it’s on NBC’s server maybe they will take notice. Most of what’s over there is RP/ARG interactive stuff but I do write the occasional RL review of episodes etc.

      • AndrewK

        Sadly, I do not have an adress. The idea with your blog isn’t a bad idea. I’d go for it. Who knows what’ll happen

      • http://www.myspace.com/tarot999 Tarot

        AndrewK, I’m working on a post already :).

      • http://www.myspace.com/tarot999 Tarot

        AndrewK, I’m working on a post already :).

      • AndrewK

        Sadly, I do not have an adress. The idea with your blog isn’t a bad idea. I’d go for it. Who knows what’ll happen

      • http://www.myspace.com/tarot999 Tarot

        I don’t suppose you have an address for NBC handy?

        I was also thinking of posting something in my blog over on MyNBC. It’s a long shot but seeing as it’s on NBC’s server maybe they will take notice. Most of what’s over there is RP/ARG interactive stuff but I do write the occasional RL review of episodes etc.

    • AndrewK

      I think something needs to be done. That is for sure. Even if it means all of us writing letters to NBC stating that Heroes is still loved by its viewers

  • http://www.myspace.com/tarot999 Tarot

    What do we have in the works for plans? Petitions? Rallies? Any other ideas? If the fans of Family Guy could get Fox to bring their show back after being canceled, we certainly ought to be able to PREVENT our show Heroes being canceled in the first place.

  • killacus

    with the latest ep weve watched i think its turned back to the first story in season 1 where the city blows up. i personnally donk like this idea because it could go against the very point of the volume

  • killacus

    with the latest ep weve watched i think its turned back to the first story in season 1 where the city blows up. i personnally donk like this idea because it could go against the very point of the volume

  • http://www.myspace.com/tarot999 Tarot

    What do we have in the works for plans? Petitions? Rallies? Any other ideas? If the fans of Family Guy could get Fox to bring their show back after being canceled, we certainly ought to be able to PREVENT our show Heroes being canceled in the first place.

    • AndrewK

      I think something needs to be done. That is for sure. Even if it means all of us writing letters to NBC stating that Heroes is still loved by its viewers

      • http://www.myspace.com/tarot999 Tarot

        I don’t suppose you have an address for NBC handy?

        I was also thinking of posting something in my blog over on MyNBC. It’s a long shot but seeing as it’s on NBC’s server maybe they will take notice. Most of what’s over there is RP/ARG interactive stuff but I do write the occasional RL review of episodes etc.

      • AndrewK

        Sadly, I do not have an adress. The idea with your blog isn’t a bad idea. I’d go for it. Who knows what’ll happen

      • http://www.myspace.com/tarot999 Tarot

        AndrewK, I’m working on a post already :).

  • killacus

    with the latest ep weve watched i think its turned back to the first story in season 1 where the city blows up. i personnally donk like this idea because it could go against the very point of the volume