'Heroes' loses two of its own heroes

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A major development to report from the set of NBC’s Heroes: EW.com has learned that co-executive producers Jeph Loeb (left) and Jesse Alexander, two of the show’s most instrumental writer/producers, are leaving the three-year-old series. Their departure comes at a watershed moment for Heroes, which has taken a serious hit in the ratings amid complaints by critics and fans alike that the show has lost its zeitgeist-tapping appeal. The drama is averaging 9 million-plus viewers this season, down from last year’s 11.6 million average.

Loeb and Alexander are celebrities in their own right among the fanboys. Loeb is an author of many comic books, including Batman, The Hulk, and Superman for All Seasons, which inspired the creation of Smallville. Loeb joined the then-WB drama in its second season. Alexander was previously a co-executive producer on Lost and Alias. It’s unclear whether Heroes creator/executive producer Tim Kring will replace the two writer/producers.

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  • J.

    I’ll keep watching until they cancel it, but damn can anything else go wrong for this show?

  • Robert Cook

    Damn that sucks,hope the show can survive that

  • AJ

    Purely incomprehensible! Is this due to budget cuts or something? Loeb and Alexander were two of Heroes’s best writers! Nonsense!

  • jnik

    Well, how many times can they write a character being killed and coming back?

  • Jeffrey

    It’s like rats deserting a sinking ship, except by “rats” I mean “smart people saving their own *sses”.

  • Allison

    They we’re fired, I don’t think they are leaving a sinking ship, they we’re pushed.

  • Phil

    Smart move! I wonder what their exact reasoning for leaving the show was.

  • M Weyer

    I’m not surprised by Loeb. The man’s actual comic work (Ultimates, Hulk) hasn’t been real good lately. I wonder if the death of his son two years ago is still affecting his drive but confident the show can survive. Hey, EW’s been complaining so long about writing being bad, fresh blood should help.

  • Phil
  • kerrymahoney

    I dont get why losing 2.6 million viewers is such a catastrophe. There are still 9 MILLION people watching the show. I look at it like this: If I had 11.6 million dollars and then spent 2.6 million dollars on a car or a horse or something…then crashed the car, or the horse’s leg fell off…i’d still be happy because I had 9 million dollars.

  • SODFU

    There was SO MUCH potential in this show..b.ut now, heroes basically has the SAME STORYLINE EVERY YEAR!!
    They see something bad in the future…and htey have to change it….
    that’s the only storyline these writers can come up with…seriously???
    1) I’m sick of whole “going into future…save teh world now” theme
    2) everyone dying…but not REALLY DYING!!!

  • REALHeroesFan

    This is seriously major and a very stupid move! I am tired of all the bad press surrounding this show! S3 has been AWESOME and people just keep bashing it! AND YES I MEAN YOU JEFFERY JENSEN! YOU WOULDN’T KNOW A GOOD SHOW IF IT BIT YOU ON THE ASS!

  • joojoo

    maybe this will stop the show from sucking so much…replace ‘em with real writers like those guys who write Supernatural…

  • Jess

    abc should follow suit and fire shonda rhimes from GA. save it!

  • Jesse

    WOW, What a huge mistake!!!!!
    If NBC seriously thinks that Jesse and Jeph are the reason for heroes sucking this year they are idiots. They were probably 2 of the most talented and creative guys working on Heroes.

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