The Writers Strike is Almost Over — Heroes Season 2 Fate

The news since Friday has been that the Writers Strike is almost at an end, and that is looking more likely now with the WGA members set to vote on the new deal on Sunday. Although Heroes fans now know that even the end of the strike won’t bring back Heroes until, in all probability, September, when the show’s Season 3 is set to start. Lost Season 2 production time, coupled with actors’ expected time off, means there is just no time to make up for the months lost to the strike. But that’s the bad news. The good news is that the strike is pretty much over, and Heroes Season 3 will run uninterrupted when the show returns in September 2008.

More on the strike’s impending resolution:

The WGA board planned to meet Sunday and decide whether to authorize a membership vote to lift the strike, according to a person familiar with the plan who requested anonymity because of a media blackout.

If guild members approve, they could be back at work on Wednesday, although formal approval of a contract would have to await ratification by members, which could take two weeks.

Giving writers a 48-hour window to vote on lifting the strike order would help alleviate concerns that the agreement was being pushed too rapidly by the guild’s board.

Still, writers seemed confident that the walkout, which cost the Los Angeles area economy alone an estimated $1 billion or more, was coming to a close.

So for all those who keeps asking when Season 2 will continue, chances are it probably won’t. It’s a good bet that Season 2 is over, and whatever episodes that were already shot, will be saved to kick off Season 3 in its regular timeslot in September 2008.

Of course, Tim Kring and NBC could surprise us and finish those three episodes that were almost in the can when the strike happen and air them, but that doesn’t seem very likely.

Update

Kristin over at E! Online basically confirms what I’ve been saying for the last couple of posts:

Though an official decision has not yet been made, the most likely scenario is that Heroes will not return to our small screens until this fall. We’ve heard from a few crew members that they’ve been told they are not likely to return to set this season. Word is, the writers want a bit of breathing room to get the storyline up and running. Stay tuned on this one…

Update

Variety adds that NBC is expected to put Heroes and Chuck on vacation for the summer, with a possible return in “late summer (after the Olympics) or early fall”.

“Heroes,” with its elaborate serialized storyline, is also expected to take the summer to regroup.

To be continued…

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  • Azalea

    I’m really glad that it’s almost over, but I can’t wait until September!…yay, first comment

  • Azalea

    I’m really glad that it’s almost over, but I can’t wait until September!…yay, first comment

  • heroes fan

    I just want to say that I am very happy that the writers strike is finally over, but I am still being very optomistic as to when Heroes will come back on: I think that Tim Kring will love his fans enough to show at least 2 or 3 more episodes…. I hope…. but if he doesnt, I seriously cant wait for Season 3!!!
    AND, for everyone who doesnt know this yet, there is a clip on youtube.com that reveals a sneak peek of Season 3! Just to let everyone know…

  • heroes fan

    I just want to say that I am very happy that the writers strike is finally over, but I am still being very optomistic as to when Heroes will come back on: I think that Tim Kring will love his fans enough to show at least 2 or 3 more episodes…. I hope…. but if he doesnt, I seriously cant wait for Season 3!!!
    AND, for everyone who doesnt know this yet, there is a clip on youtube.com that reveals a sneak peek of Season 3! Just to let everyone know…

  • HERO GUY

    DUDE THERES BEEN A SNEAK PEEK VIDEO FOR SEASON 3 ON THIS SIGHT FOR MONTHS, AND I GUESS WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT TILL SEPT TO SEE SEASON 3 WHICH KINDA SUCKS, BUT AT LEAST ITLL BE A FULL SEASON KINDA WANT TO SEE MAYBE LIKE A 2 HOUR PRE SEASON EPISODE WITH 2 EPISODES PUT TOGETHER TO TIE ALL US HARDCORE FANS OVER TILL SEPT. I DOUBT THATLL HAPPEN BUT I HOPE IT WILL

  • HERO GUY

    DUDE THERES BEEN A SNEAK PEEK VIDEO FOR SEASON 3 ON THIS SIGHT FOR MONTHS, AND I GUESS WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT TILL SEPT TO SEE SEASON 3 WHICH KINDA SUCKS, BUT AT LEAST ITLL BE A FULL SEASON KINDA WANT TO SEE MAYBE LIKE A 2 HOUR PRE SEASON EPISODE WITH 2 EPISODES PUT TOGETHER TO TIE ALL US HARDCORE FANS OVER TILL SEPT. I DOUBT THATLL HAPPEN BUT I HOPE IT WILL

  • yetti_ghost

    in the u.l what will happen casue it aint shown season2 yet. i know what happen. we went to america just 2 see them. anyway so u think season2 i spet and u.k have to wait till 2009 for 3 i hope not

  • yetti_ghost

    in the u.l what will happen casue it aint shown season2 yet. i know what happen. we went to america just 2 see them. anyway so u think season2 i spet and u.k have to wait till 2009 for 3 i hope not

  • heroes fan

    i know that theres been a sneak peek on here for months, heroes guy! i was just letting anyone who was visiting the site for the first time or anyone who DIDNT know know!

  • heroes fan

    i know that theres been a sneak peek on here for months, heroes guy! i was just letting anyone who was visiting the site for the first time or anyone who DIDNT know know!

  • Keith

    There not going to skip to season 3, and to speculate that because of lost time they have to skip to season 3 is ridiculous.

    First NBC won’t let it happen. Why? Because of money.

    Do you really think that NBC is going to put out a season 2 dvd set that is 2-3 discs large? They’d have to charge 30$ for it and make like little to no profit.

    Second Tim Kring said no mater how long the strike lasts for that he will start right where he left off. This was already said on G4′s Heroes After Show.

    I seriously doubt they are just going to jump into season 3 with no explanation of ANYTHING that happened in volume 3. That would be the death of the series. No one would understand anything and simply stop watching. To think they are just going to skip a volume and move on to the next season because of a strike is just ludicrous.

  • Keith

    There not going to skip to season 3, and to speculate that because of lost time they have to skip to season 3 is ridiculous.

    First NBC won’t let it happen. Why? Because of money.

    Do you really think that NBC is going to put out a season 2 dvd set that is 2-3 discs large? They’d have to charge 30$ for it and make like little to no profit.

    Second Tim Kring said no mater how long the strike lasts for that he will start right where he left off. This was already said on G4′s Heroes After Show.

    I seriously doubt they are just going to jump into season 3 with no explanation of ANYTHING that happened in volume 3. That would be the death of the series. No one would understand anything and simply stop watching. To think they are just going to skip a volume and move on to the next season because of a strike is just ludicrous.

  • http://www.heroestheseries.com/ Sam

    Dear Keith,

    You seem to be confused about something. I never said, and no one ever said, that Tim Kring and NBC are going to skip over Volume 3, which was planned for the second half of Season 2. Instead, they will move Volume 3 and use it to kick off Season 3, thus no episodes will be lost. The only difference is that Volume 3 will just start later than expected — i.e. in Season 3 instead of the second half of Season 2. I’ve made this point numerous times in past posts, and have no idea where you got the notion that I was saying NBC would just “skip over” Volume 3.

  • Verb101

    I got to thinking and did a little research (meaning i researched for like 10 mins). I think they just might finish of Season 2. NBC is really losing the ratings race to the other networks, so finishing off one of their only hit shows will be a smart move. And as Keith said, money. But then again, they could be a little selfish and film the episodes and put them on the DVD set. Thus charging more because people WILL want to watch those episodes. I know I’ll pay more for them.

  • http://www.heroestheseries.com Sam

    Dear Keith,

    You seem to be confused about something. I never said, and no one ever said, that Tim Kring and NBC are going to skip over Volume 3, which was planned for the second half of Season 2. Instead, they will move Volume 3 and use it to kick off Season 3, thus no episodes will be lost. The only difference is that Volume 3 will just start later than expected — i.e. in Season 3 instead of the second half of Season 2. I’ve made this point numerous times in past posts, and have no idea where you got the notion that I was saying NBC would just “skip over” Volume 3.

  • Verb101

    I got to thinking and did a little research (meaning i researched for like 10 mins). I think they just might finish of Season 2. NBC is really losing the ratings race to the other networks, so finishing off one of their only hit shows will be a smart move. And as Keith said, money. But then again, they could be a little selfish and film the episodes and put them on the DVD set. Thus charging more because people WILL want to watch those episodes. I know I’ll pay more for them.

  • Lar B

    Hi,

    I am emailing from Ireland and have recently started watching Heroes on my nephews box set.
    I thought it was great and the second series just started here last week. To my horror, I saw that poor old Peter Petrelli ended up in Ireland captured by a band of gypsies in some bar that looks more akin to belonging in the 18th century. Why, oh why, does American television insist of portraying Ireland as a backward, alcohol ridden, third world country when in fact, we now have one of the most successful economies on the planet.
    I had expected more from Heroes and am bitterly disappointed that they used this outdated cliché which is what it is – a cliché. It would be like the BBC creating a televesion series where any American in it is hugely fat and incredibly uneducated – not very nice is it?
    One last thing – our accents are bad enough without somebody doing a really, really bad, bad impersonation.

  • Lar B

    Hi,

    I am emailing from Ireland and have recently started watching Heroes on my nephews box set.
    I thought it was great and the second series just started here last week. To my horror, I saw that poor old Peter Petrelli ended up in Ireland captured by a band of gypsies in some bar that looks more akin to belonging in the 18th century. Why, oh why, does American television insist of portraying Ireland as a backward, alcohol ridden, third world country when in fact, we now have one of the most successful economies on the planet.
    I had expected more from Heroes and am bitterly disappointed that they used this outdated cliché which is what it is – a cliché. It would be like the BBC creating a televesion series where any American in it is hugely fat and incredibly uneducated – not very nice is it?
    One last thing – our accents are bad enough without somebody doing a really, really bad, bad impersonation.

  • Verb101

    Lar B, you have to understand this a television show. Most television shows aren’t well researched, so the writers and creators aren’t going to fly to Ireland so they can get every detail down. And just because they showed 3 or 4 dunnk Irish bandits doesn’t mean we see the whole country like that. Every place has their good and their bad. The character Mohinder pisses me off, should I hate all indians? I’ve yet to see a pacific islander on the show, so are they racist. It’s just a matter of perspective.

  • Verb101

    Lar B, you have to understand this a television show. Most television shows aren’t well researched, so the writers and creators aren’t going to fly to Ireland so they can get every detail down. And just because they showed 3 or 4 dunnk Irish bandits doesn’t mean we see the whole country like that. Every place has their good and their bad. The character Mohinder pisses me off, should I hate all indians? I’ve yet to see a pacific islander on the show, so are they racist. It’s just a matter of perspective.