Heroes fans got a treat that fans of other shows often dream of last year when the 13-episode limited run of Heroes Reborn aired on NBC. While it was billed from the beginning as a limited run, series creator and executive producer Tim Kring left a thread dangling that there were more stories to tell in the Heroes universe.
It’s possible that this could still happen, but it won’t be in Heroes Reborn. Yesterday NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt confirmed that there would not be a second season of the series, Variety reports.
“As far as I know there are no more incarnations of ‘Heroes’ coming,” Greenblatt told reporters. “That was always the plan, unless Tim woke up one day and said, ‘Oh, I have another chapter to tell.’ But I think we’re coming to the end of the world, maybe. Stay tuned.”
The wording isn’t definite, but the show’s ratings don’t make it a likely candidate for revival. Though Greenblatt praised the show for performing well on a Thursday night, averaging a 2.0 rating in adults 18 to 49 and 6.1 million viewers when it premiered in September, ratings didn’t stay high. Eventually the show’s ratings slid downhill to 1.0, with 3.7 million viewers.
Speaking at a TCA panel during a press tour last summer, Kring had said that while there were currently no plans for anything beyond a single season, that didn’t rule out continuing the story. “I’ve always felt that the brand was elastic enough and a broad enough premise,” he said. “It’s a show about ordinary people with extraordinary powers.”
“The story was really the thing that dictated who would come back,” Kring said, speaking of the cast of Heroes Reborn. “I always saw it as a show that could repopulate itself.” The show may indeed repopulate itself again in the future, but for now it seems that fans will have to treat the show’s season finale as the series finale.