After becoming an almost immediate hit for NBC in Fall of 2006, Heroes dropped significantly in the ratings over the past couple seasons. Fans have complained about the storylines but the TV show has been one of the network’s biggest draws in the 18-49 demographic. NBC has opted to cancel it anyway.
Heroes follows a group of ordinary humans who have developed extraordinary powers that end up affecting their lives in positive and negative ways. The series’ large ensemble cast includes Adrian Pasdar, Ali Larter, Cristine Rose, Greg Grunberg, Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, James Kyson Lee, Masi Oka, Milo Ventimiglia, Robert Knepper, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Zachary Quinto.
The network had reportedly been considering three options to wrap up Heroes — a 13 episode order for mid-season, an order of four to six episodes that could be aired over a couple nights in the fall, or to just cancel the series outright.
Though Heroes still brought NBC some its better 18-49 ratings this season, the numbers just can’t justify costs with a sizable cast and special effects budget. The network has a large selection of new hour-long dramas to choose from and so, has decided to cut Heroes.
On the bright side, NBC is supposedly working on a plan to wrap up the series. Right now, it sounds like there will be a two or four hour event that will air mid-season. The details will revealed at NBC’s upfront presentation on Monday morning.
Over the past day or so, Grunberg has been tweeting and hinting that “the fat lady” was getting ready to sing. As the news broke of Heroes’ cancellation, he wrote, “I’m hearing The FAT LADY singing her ass off!!! #Heroes = Cancelled! Sad. BUT… W/bad news comes GOOD!! My Next Tweet will explain!!” Three hours later, and Grunberg still hasn’t tweeted again.
What do you think? Are you sorry to hear that Heroes has been cancelled or was it long overdue? Will you watch the wrap-up event, whenever or whatever it is?
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I’m am saddened and discusted to hear of the way NBC has treated its loyal fans! I will watch any wrap-up episodes that will be aired, but doubt that the affiliate in this area will have the decency to air said episodes! This happens with all too many of the shows they air! Of the new crop that they aired this season I didn’t watch any, because of the way they have been treating my favorite shows! BIGGEST ERROR was airing Jay Leno at 10 o’clock and dumping their reg lineup. Now they have scrambled to fill that time slot… Read more »
The show had the potential to last easily 20 seasons. But no…they kill off and change characters that are important. How can a show about people with super powers only last 4 seasons?…I know why….its the dimwitted writers that like to totally go a seperate course and ruin the entire setup. All the characters were fine until they changed them. The gay relationship with Claire and her friend that was SUPPOSE to happn and it didnt…they changed that into some straight friendship thing….I was so insulted.
First they get rid of Conan and now Heroes? NBC YOU SUCK.
uh DUH…of course the rating went down!…You dimwits ruined the characters!!!…jesus NBC are dumb…instead of cancling it like whiney little *****…they need to go back to the original plan…that was to make Hero an actual Sword fighter that was SUPPOSE to fight a dinosuar….instead they ended up making him the dork ass. The only problem I see is the fact they totally changed course. Killing off main characters and turning the cool ones into the comedic clowns.
LONG OVERDUE SHOULD HAVE BEEN CANCELLED A LONG TIME AGO!!
WTH PEOPLE!!! WHY WOULD YOU WANT THI SHOW TO BE CANCELED?!?! UR ALL MESSED UP!!! CRAZY PEOPLE!!
Are they crazy? Heroes is one of the best shows aired in the last 5-10 years. No science fiction budgets are not cheep, but I guarantee 20 years from now people will still be talking about it and watching reruns, can you say that about the crap that the network plans to put in its place, or the mindless so called reality drivel that they inundate us with. I beg in the name of all things good and holy please save Heroes. Maybe somebody can start a save Heroes website like they did with Chuck, it got enough hits where… Read more »
Complete idiots to think it a good idea to cancel this series. What will I have to look forward to watch now? This was some of your only quality television. Sigh. You better do this series justice with your next moves. LOVED this show.
IMO it deserved it – lazy writing and planning shouldn’t be rewarded. Long overdue.
They should have fired the writers a LONG time ago… I mean seriously, yes the series premise is great, first season terrific… but it was pure pain after that. I still never missed a single episode but the plots were so idiotic that I felt like throwing the remote at the TV every time… but I still wanted to watch it, hoping they could reinvent the magic of the first season… but even the first season, the writers apparently had no long-term vision.. they made peter so powerful that they had to write a way for him to be emasculated… Read more »
Season 2 was SUCH a disappointment.. This season has been better, but no where near the awesome Season 1.
But how to finish it all?
Or is there a market to release new shows or series direct to dvd?
WHAT IS THIS!!! THIS IS MESSED UP!! I AM NOT TAKING THIS FOR AN ANSWER!! Start it again!! You Have NO idea how this has affected people!!! There are people who rely on this show!! PUT IT BACK ON!! U can’t do this to us!! NO!! I will NOT have tears sheded over this.. NNOOo!!!!!!!
Sucks that it has been cancelled.
I don’t want to see it go but the storylines could have been better. Especially the way they handled Peter’s dad and the whole formula thing and “THE LIGHT”. C’mon It could have been done at least a dozen different ways,and still come out with a better story.
I would love to see another network pick it up and hire some new writers.
Farewell to a show that had so much potential but the pencil necks at the NETWORK dropped the ball. JUST LIKE SURFACE!!! NBC IS A BUNCH OF PUSSIES! You’ll Keep CHUCK but not HEROES?? WTF!!!
AHHHH I’m soooo angry that they canceled Heroes. It was my favorite show… ever… of all time. urg I’m so disappointed about this. I hope they wrap up the season nicely or do a movie or something….