During the Television Critics’ Association summer press tour, Heroes creator Tim Kring provided new insight into the highly anticipated Heroes: Reborn, the 13 episode miniseries premiering next month.
While on stage he revealed; why we aren’t going to be seeing the entire cast of Heroes returning, where Reborn falls in the Heroes timeline, and what the future holds for the series.
I almost forgot to mention, he also teased us with a major story detail revealing why a specific character isn’t returning.
It’s already been announced that Jack Coleman (H.R.G.), Masi Oka (Hiro), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder), Jimmy Jean-Louis (the Haitian) and Christine Rose (Angela Petrelli) will be reprising their roles in the upcoming miniseries. While new cast members include Zachary Levi, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay, Danika Yarosh, Judith Shekoni, Kiki Sukezane, Henry Zebrowski and Gatlin Green.
To answer your question, why isn’t everyone from the original cast reprising their roles in Heroes: Reborn, it simply came down to who would make the most impact in terms of the story and availability. Tim said, “Some of the people, some of the actors, did not have the availability because they were involved in other things,” while that aspect was beyond their control, bringing back original cast members was ultimately storyline based.
“The story was really the thing that dictated who would come back,” he continued. “The show was always designed to be very elastic in its premise. I always saw it as a show that could repopulate itself. I wanted to make it something that was easy for brand new viewers to watch. For them, caring about new characters is just as important as having former cast in the show.”
Based on the official Heroes: Reborn trailer, I’d say they know what they’re doing…
Last week we saw a series of six webisodes posted on the Heroes: Reborn official YouTube channel.
The webisodes begin two years before the events of Heroes: Reborn, focusing on the characters of Phoebe and Quentin Frady. As the webisodes begin we get a glimpse of the world as Claire Bennet left it at the end of season 4, when she came out to the world revealing her abilities. As a result of Claire’s determination to reveal the truth, people all over the world began recording themselves and sharing the footage with the world. Among them was Phoebe, we have an opportunity to watch as she develops her abilities and how the siblings play into the greater story.
What follows could get a little spoilery… You’ve been warned.
As revealed in the webisodes, a year prior to the events of Reborn there was a devastating terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas. This attack resulted in those with extraordinary abilities going into hiding from those who seek to avenge loved ones lost in the incident, that’s where Zachary Levi’s character comes into play.
The attack is one of the main reasons why Hayden Panettiere is not among the returning cast members. “In the real world of the story, [her character Claire Bennet] died a year prior to our story starting,” Kring said. “That gets into some of the mythology that’s attached to the original show.” In that regard, her father H.R.G. will act as a guide for new viewers in unveiling some of the backstory from the original run.
Viewers of the original series may be interested to hear that Reborn picks up in real time, five years after Claire went public with her abilities. “It was almost an obligatory baton pass to where we needed to go from there,” Kring recalled of the series finale. “Because we didn’t get to have that fifth season, I did always have that in my mind that there was an unfinished nature to it… This world has become a very different place. There’s something really great about this: This is not the fifth season, this is actually the 10th season as if there were seasons in-between. I had always wanted to tell the story of when the world discovers these people.”
As to the future of the series, Kring said that they’ve “only spoken about doing the miniseries.” However, the possibility of Heroes: Reborn being a starting point for more to come isn’t out of the question either.
Heroes: Reborn premieres on Thursday September 24th on NBC.