Rumor: Heroes Will Not Get a Fifth Season?

I would like to preface this post by saying that this is one site saying this, and it is not someone who is known to have a stranglehold on Heroes inside dish in the past. I.e. it’s not Kristin over at E! Online, Michael Ausiello over at Entertainment Weekly, or someone over at TVGuide. This is one genre website (in this case, Airlock Alpha) saying this, and I cannot vouch for them, nor can I deny their report. As evidence, they site a “source” within NBC for their story, but that’s about it. So, having said that, here’s what Airlock Alpha says:

Sources at NBC have told Airlock Alpha that the inevitable is finally happening: Networks executives will ask “Heroes” producers to wind the series down, possibly with an overall finale by May.

“There isn’t much happening with this show in terms of audience, and giving it a ‘final chapter’ feel is something the network is considering to help allow the show to go out with a bang,” said the source, who asked not to be identified.

They add:

“To keep a show like this going despite its numbers requires some nostalgic connection to it, and while there are a lot of people here who were part of bringing ‘Heroes’ to the air, they are not in the decision-making capacities,” the source said.

One thing to stress, however, is that no final decision has been made yet, and likely won’t be made until closer to mid-season. The source was not even clear if a wrap-up directive had been issued to “Heroes” quite yet. If it hasn’t, it will.

Let me once again stress that this is just one website saying this. I’ve been covering Heroes for the last four years, and of all the sites, I wouldn’t say that Airlock Alpha necessarily has the “inside track” on all things Heroes. For that, you would usually go to the usual suspects of Ausiello or Kristin over at E! Online. But, having said that, I am in no way dismissing their report outright, because Airlock Alpha has always been credible on other genre news that they’ve written about in the past.

And while this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of Heroes’ demise, unlike all those other times when the rumor proved false, the show hasn’t really been under this type of ratings slump before, so whose to say? Certainly, it would suck if the show is canceled, but on the bright side, it does seem as if NBC is willing to give Tim Kring and company the heads up to go out with a bang. Best-case scenario, of course, would be a fifth season.

Meanwhile, one thing is for certain: Heroes will return next week with episode 4.08, “Once Upon a Time in Texas”.


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  • zacusca

    I adore Hiro, he’s my favourite.

  • http://www.twitter.com/genomarks Geno Petrelli

    The day Heroes gets canceled is the day I throw my tv out the window. There are plenty other shows out there that are far worse. Guys, even a “crappy” episode of Heroes is still solid compared to others. Also I’d like to add that Hiro shouldn’t die. He’s our one and only Japanese waffle-craving time-traveler, and the kids got a serious date with destiny. Parkman on the other hand… Let’s just say I agree with Sylar on his thoughts about him. If anybody needs to be killed off, it’s Detective Parkman. Oh and 10 to 1 says Angela Petrelli OD’s on white wine and prescription sleep aids.

  • sallo1999

    I disagree totally. Hiro is the only heroe that doesnt use his powers for his own benefit. He is willing to give others a second chance. And if you forgot hes the only one that almost killed sylar (i have no idea how he survived, i think he was just too popular to kill off). That was the producers decision not hiro's folly.

  • sallo1999

    I disagree totally. Hiro is the only heroe that doesnt use his powers for his own benefit. He is willing to give others a second chance. And if you forgot hes the only one that almost killed sylar (i have no idea how he survived, i think he was just too popular to kill off). That was the producers decision not hiro's folly.

  • sallo1999

    I think the ratings are meaningless its all about devotion. The fans are devoted to this show and devoted fans always gather followers. The followers will grow and pick up momentum in time, this show has to be watched from its begining to appriciate its value. the characters are very complex and need time to understand. They are very dynamic, one cannot assume that good heroes are always good and bad heroes are bad. This show isn't about instant gratification, its a long term relationship with the viewers. I hope the show never gets canceled, it is the only one i watch, dont care for the others.

  • NBC executive

    Heroes is the only reason I watch TV

  • Shannonigoe

    charmed had like over 10 seasons and heroes is a million times better it should have another 5 seasons i love it, its the one show i could watch for hours on end and look forward to every single week!

    • hereosfan

      i so agree there r all these other BS shows on tv that they keep bring back for another season so why not bring back on that is really worth watching !! i cant speak for n e one else but NBC wont get turned back on my tv if they dont at least bring it back for a 5th season and give it some closer !!!!!!!!!!!!! i mean i want it to keep going for even longer but at least a 5th like i said.

  • Dillon

    I think is one of the best shows i have ever watched. I started to watch it on netflix about a month ago and i’ve never stopped. i actuallu just finished it a couple of minutes ago and its ends with a cliffhanger. Claire jumps off of a ferris wheel on live tv and thats how it ends. I will be dissapointed of it jist ends. but its now 2012 and the last episode was made in 2009 or 2010? im not sure. but it ended really dramaticly and i’ll be really mad if it ends. but now that i see this and it has been 2 or 3 years since the last episode. I dont think this show is going to start up again Well this sucks. Now i have yo watch it all over again because it was just that amazing and this was the kind of shows that im interested in.

  • Dhgfsa

    i wish it doesn’t get cancelled because the part of me and peter petrelli getting married has not come yet