Tim Kring Talks the Return of Heroes Season 2 Post-Strike

With news that the Writers Strike is very, very, very close to coming to an end for good, thus meaning all TV shows will be rushing back to the airwaves, what does Tim Kring, creator of Heroes, have to say about Heroes returning to finish up its Season 2? Not such great stuff, unfortunately. According to Kring, he can only complete three episodes this season given the time constraints, with much of the production time having been lost to the strike. So what does all that mean? Chances are, Season 2 is done, and Kring will save what he’s already shot for Volume 3 and use it instead to kick off Season 3 later this year.

Here’s what Kring told EW:

All this operates under the assumption that the networks would even want the lion’s share of their programs back before May. For instance, NBC could delay the return of Heroes until fall since creator Tim Kring thinks he can only complete three more episodes this season. That’s barely enough time to relaunch the series with a new story arc entitled ”Villains” (which they had planned to do with the second half of the season before the strike began). ”With a show like Heroes that’s so strongly serialized, and given what we wanted to accomplish with the new storyline, to come back with just three episodes could be creatively dangerous,” he says.

Just to sum it all up: it is a very strong likelihood that Heroes Season 2 has ended, and Kring will now save Volume 3, “Villains”, for Season 3, which would, if the previous seasons are any indication, return sometime in September 2008.

Update

More confirmation, of sorts, that Season 2 is finished, and we’ll have to wait for Season 3 in September for more Heroes from EW:

According to executive producer Tim Kring, even if his creative team went back to work ASAP — and assuming that NBC still plans to wrap its TV season at the end of May as usual — Team Heroes would only be able to complete three more (quality) episodes. Why so few? Blame the show’s sprawling scope and complicated F/X (that fantastical time-stopping stuff takes actual time, you know). Moreover, Kring & Co. had been hoping to redeem the show’s shaky second season with a new “volume” of stories (titled “Villains”) that would have basically rebooted the series. But when the strike began in November, they had just begun plotting the comeback. In fact, the first episode of that arc, which they wanted to play like a season premiere, hadn’t been fully written. All things considered, Kring would rather relaunch Heroes when he has more episodes to play with. If NBC extends its strike-screwed season into June, that could happen sooner. If not, he’d rather wait, perhaps till fall. “To come back with just three episodes could be creatively dangerous,” says Kring. “But that’s my personal opinion. I’m not sure where the network stands in the matter. Hopefully we’ll hear that in a few days.”

He’s still hedging his bets, but it seems very likely that this is a done deal.

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  • HERO GUY

    GRR THAT SUCKS GOTTA WAIT TILL SEPT THATS BS, I NEED MY HEROES NOW!

  • HERO GUY

    GRR THAT SUCKS GOTTA WAIT TILL SEPT THATS BS, I NEED MY HEROES NOW!

  • indiangirl

    i feel ur pain heroes guy, more than u know. i am so pissed off,but honestly i would like to see those three episodes now even though that might not be a great idea.

  • indiangirl

    i feel ur pain heroes guy, more than u know. i am so pissed off,but honestly i would like to see those three episodes now even though that might not be a great idea.

  • Isabella Free

    Even though we may have to wait til September…(again), the Heroes season 3 premiere will only be better than the first two. GUARANTEED!!!

  • Isabella Free

    Even though we may have to wait til September…(again), the Heroes season 3 premiere will only be better than the first two. GUARANTEED!!!

  • http://www.heroestelevision.com/heroes-volume-3-spoilers/ Matej ( Heroes Television)

    Well that’s really a lot of time to wait for Volume 3/Season 3 :(

    Maybe, it would be good if they launch at least that 2or3 episodes because that should give fans something to talk about like theories, rumors or more spoilers. Keep them interested

  • http://www.heroestelevision.com/heroes-volume-3-spoilers/ Matej ( Heroes Television)

    Well that’s really a lot of time to wait for Volume 3/Season 3 :(

    Maybe, it would be good if they launch at least that 2or3 episodes because that should give fans something to talk about like theories, rumors or more spoilers. Keep them interested

  • peoplewhodontlikeheroesarecraz

    Matej, i totally agree with you!!! i think they should at least show us the 2 to 3 episodes that they would be able to so that the fans can have something to talk about other than “when do you think Heroes is coming back on?” (although it probably will reair in september).
    the writers strike should have been resolves way before now! it would have been sweet to have seen volume three in season 2, and so they should at least give the fans what they deserve: at least 2 to 3 more episodes in our 11 episode season!!!

  • peoplewhodontlikeheroesarecrazy678

    Matej, i totally agree with you!!! i think they should at least show us the 2 to 3 episodes that they would be able to so that the fans can have something to talk about other than “when do you think Heroes is coming back on?” (although it probably will reair in september).
    the writers strike should have been resolves way before now! it would have been sweet to have seen volume three in season 2, and so they should at least give the fans what they deserve: at least 2 to 3 more episodes in our 11 episode season!!!

  • Emily

    That is very disapointing. I just don’t understand why they cant wait till a little later and start in like march or april!? Im sure all the fans wouldn’t mind watchin them a little heroes over the summer! :)

  • Emily

    That is very disapointing. I just don’t understand why they cant wait till a little later and start in like march or april!? Im sure all the fans wouldn’t mind watchin them a little heroes over the summer! :)

  • http://www.heroestheseries.com/tim-kring-talks-the-return-of-heroes-season-2-post-strike/ Alicia

    That makes me so mad.We’ve been waiting for Heroes to come back on for way to long.Stupid writers strike,it’s ruined a lot of this seasons shows.By the time it comes back on we’ll forget about what happened,and there probably wont be as many viewers.I just cant wait till it comes back on :(

  • http://www.heroestheseries.com/tim-kring-talks-the-return-of-heroes-season-2-post-strike/ Alicia

    That makes me so mad.We’ve been waiting for Heroes to come back on for way to long.Stupid writers strike,it’s ruined a lot of this seasons shows.By the time it comes back on we’ll forget about what happened,and there probably wont be as many viewers.I just cant wait till it comes back on :(

  • http://www.myspace.com/kbounce kbounce

    that’s too bad about it being the end of season 2 already. so does that mean the season 2 dvd’s will come out sooner? and what will be the price? they can’t possibly expect to charge the same amount as a full season, can they?

  • http://www.myspace.com/kbounce kbounce

    that’s too bad about it being the end of season 2 already. so does that mean the season 2 dvd’s will come out sooner? and what will be the price? they can’t possibly expect to charge the same amount as a full season, can they?

  • http://IAmATVJunkie.com/ Joe Bua

    Hey, look on the bright side, it gives everyone a chance to reboot, so to speak, which can only be good for the show.

    Certainly this past 11 episodes were not what anyone expected or desired, so this is a good thing.

    And Milo will have time to let that “strike beard” fill in.

  • http://IAmATVJunkie.com Joe Bua

    Hey, look on the bright side, it gives everyone a chance to reboot, so to speak, which can only be good for the show.

    Certainly this past 11 episodes were not what anyone expected or desired, so this is a good thing.

    And Milo will have time to let that “strike beard” fill in.

  • HERO GUY

    not that ill ever forget what happened or lose interest, i just want my heroes now its one of the only shows i ever watch,i watch heroes dexter and arrested development thats it nothing else and the later two shows arnt comming with any new episodes either, makes me mad that i gotta channel surf for days on end with no satisfaction i heard lost is good but its so far in that i cant just start watching now ill be Lost, pardon the pun.. but yeah at least give us what youve shot now even one episode will tie me over till sept. i just totally think its stupid how all these writters are like a union, why cant you contract yourself out for a show, why the big writters guild of america thing i guess i dont really understand it but ya i think its kinda stupid ive only been watching moment of truth latly which is ok for a game show but i want action and stories to follow most importantly my heroes, strike an agreement already so many fans are getting pissed which sucks cuz the only thing we can do is wait. you might lose a few fans but they wernt true loyal fans like those who come to this site and write in it everyday like mayself and many others just come back asap we miss you heroes!

  • HERO GUY

    not that ill ever forget what happened or lose interest, i just want my heroes now its one of the only shows i ever watch,i watch heroes dexter and arrested development thats it nothing else and the later two shows arnt comming with any new episodes either, makes me mad that i gotta channel surf for days on end with no satisfaction i heard lost is good but its so far in that i cant just start watching now ill be Lost, pardon the pun.. but yeah at least give us what youve shot now even one episode will tie me over till sept. i just totally think its stupid how all these writters are like a union, why cant you contract yourself out for a show, why the big writters guild of america thing i guess i dont really understand it but ya i think its kinda stupid ive only been watching moment of truth latly which is ok for a game show but i want action and stories to follow most importantly my heroes, strike an agreement already so many fans are getting pissed which sucks cuz the only thing we can do is wait. you might lose a few fans but they wernt true loyal fans like those who come to this site and write in it everyday like mayself and many others just come back asap we miss you heroes!