Instead of 13 Episodes, How About a 4-Hour Heroes Movie?

The following is all speculation, so do not take it as fact. But according to one source, NBC now seems less likely to renew Heroes for a fifth season, or even for the previously hoped for 13-episode “wrap up” mini-season. Instead, the best case scenario has Heroes fans settling for either a 2-hour or a 4-hour TV event designed to wrap up all the show’s loose ends. At least, that’s according to The Vulture blog.

The article confirms that, despite low ratings, NBC was still very keen on renewing the show for a fifth season. The combination of NBC owning the show, a huge International following and strong DVD sales (not to mention show’s popularity on the Internet via illegal downloads, etc), would seem to indicate that NBC has everything to gain from another season of Heroes. That may not be the case anymore.

…when NBC executives got a look at the new pilots they had ordered (five have already been commissioned as series), they fell in love with their own handiwork; the network felt far better about these new shows’ potential than they did about Heroes’. Even though there’s no guarantee that any of the newcomers will work, there’s a lot more upside to giving a new contender such as J.J. Abrams’s Undercovers the time to find an audience rather than yanking it off quickly and begging viewers to give Heroes one more shot. As a result, according to agency sources and chatter around Hollywood, Heroes has started looking less like a backup plan and more like a waste of money.

Once again, this is all speculation by one blog, and NBC has still kept mum on its decision (if it has already made one) about whether it is renewing the show or not. We’ll just have to wait, but it sure seems a bit silly for NBC to keep quiet through all this. Perhaps they’re trying to gin up manufactured interest in the show’s fate? Or maybe they’re just playing coy.

Whatever the case, one wishes they would just come out and make a damn decision already so we can all move on with our lives.

Update: Deadline adds their own thoughts on what they expect NBC to do (perhaps as early as tomorrow):

Now I hear NBC will decide on 3 possible futures for Heroes, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. The most unlikely scenario is a 13-episode order for midseason. (Creator Tim Kring is hoping for this scenario, of course.) A real possibility is that NBC cancels it altogether. But I’m told odds are best that NBC announces “some kind of climactic finale” for Heroes lasting 2- or even 4-episodes (back to back, over one- or two-nights) to air in midseason.

So it’s definitely looking like a possible 2 or 4 hour Heroes movie event to wrap up all loose ends.

Heroes blindsided by NBC?


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  • Eric

    A big budget 2 1/2 movie like what they did with Firefly would be awesome! I want that instead lol

  • http://twitter.com/ryanspublicfeed ryan coleman

    Eric – you forget that 1) that movie was paid for by Joss himself and 2) that took YEARS to happen and he had to push the final product to a bunch of studios before it went forward.

    But, hey, if the Texas Board of Education can rewrite history, why the hell can't you?

  • bdxxboy17

    i think nbc should stop messing with the “HEROES” show . if they keep on doing this the fans are going to feel very…………
    which will be a big loss for nbc
    so they should make their decision soon and also bring up the series as early as possible.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    test is a test

  • patrickjenkins

    Apparently NBC are announcing their show lineup on the 16th May THIS SUNDAY.
    So we will have our answer to whether we are getting a 5th Season. If Heroes is not on the list of Shows, a 2 hour finale or something along those lines, are NOT out of the question!
    Fingers crossed though
    (Personally, I won't want another 13 episodes of a group of Heroes doing….nothing, I would prefer a 2 hour thing to wrap up each characters story lines.)

  • Tarot1

    All I can say is they'd better let us read GN173.

  • Cindy

    I am so sick of all the networks and the garbage that passes for entertainment these days. I thought movies and television were a form of entertainment to escape from the harsh realities of life sometimes. What is happening? Reality television? Isn't there enough going on in peoples lives that they have to watch whats going on in others lives? Give me “Heroes” and other shows like it that entertain for entertainments sake.

  • jmelo

    I agree with you 100% we need more shows not reality crap KEEP HEROES!!!

  • ZnileBlixt

    There heroes missery is finally over! The first season blew my mind away, it was awsome! But the rest of the seasons was not even close to season 1. I have watched every episode from season 1 to 4. From season 2 it was like all the actors, writers, editors has lost they way in how to make awsome episodes. And they never recovered from that state of mind. So im glad that heroes is over! If they decide to wrap up the show whit and 2 or 4 hour movie. It better be gooood, real good!

    • Missyshinall82

      well im not sure what u were watchin but to me they all kicked ars!

  • Mike

    ONE MORE SEASON end it that way please!!!!

    • emerdz10

      ya you’r right pleas one more season 
      i think they  already know that heroes 
      is more demand in viewer? why  is  that’s they keep hold the season 5?
      what are they reason? i’m not believe that heroes is just wasting money for that show. for me  it is a great mini movie series of all mini movie series.  

  • HEROES4EVER

    BOYCOTT!! Don't watch the new NBC series, spread the word.

    KEEP HEROES!

  • toughtarget

    i want to tell u heroes is now watched all over the world i am Egyptian and i love this show so NBC
    come on don't leave us with no ending !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    hope u get us informed soon about the new season
    and end it perfectly

  • jessie

    KEEP HEROES GOING!!!!!!!!! I love the show and don't want it stop! I am a Heroes WORSHIPPER!!!! I really want another season, and so do all the fans around the world!

  • Spiv Zone

    plz continue it.i am from greece and here there are also thousands of fans who are obsessed with heroes!and want another season.plz make the new season of heroes reality!!!

  • BigFan

    Just continue the show! idc how many hours
    Seriously i started to forget all the show!
    c'mon!
    GOSH!

  • big_heroes fan

    i am from Lebanon and I love heroes so please NBC
    we need to know what is happening as soon as possible
    make a finale season(season 5)and we will appreciated

    • Hellion-ps3

      I have watched every single heroes episode in about 3 days and now im very angry as none of it makes sense. British people also watch this show. it is much better than the shows we have at the moment so please america show us another season of heroes to wrap everything together :)

  • Nemesisboy666

    IM WRITING FROM NORTH CYPRUS. SO, IM TELLING YOU, WHAT THE PROBLEM U HAVE GUYS.. THIS I THE AWESOME SHOW I VE EVER WATCHED.. GREAT GREAT GREAT ACTORS, MUSIC, STORY, EFFECTS ETC. GREAT PERFORMING STARS, EPISODES.. SO IM ASKING AGAIN TO NBC AND THE OTHERS: WHAT D U WANT FROM HEROES!!! ????? IS THERE ANY ELSE SERIES LIKE HEROES??? INTERESTING, NEW, INTELLIGENCE ETC.

    ITS JUST ABOUT A MONEY RIGHT… JUST FINISH THE SHOW.. THANK YOUUUUU TO AMERICA !!!!

  • Jennield84

    i cant believe they are goiing to end it please finish it properly with a series, ive been waiting for it to be complete so i can get it on blu ray, but feels a bit pointless if they have ended it with a cliff hanger not impressed with the dission at all!!!!! UK!

  • John

    this is the best show Ive seen in a long time. I won't be supporting NBC if they cancel it. I even got my wife hooked on it the last season so we had to have a HEROES marathon to catch her up to date. Now she won't stop asking when the new season comes out. NBC needs this show or it will loose some viewers for sure.

  • Leonardo

    Im from Brazil, and ask for a continue the show please