'Heroes' cancellation: Source says NBC not moving forward with movie that will wrap up series

tim-kringImage Credit: Frank Ockenfels/NBCDon’t hold out for closure, Heroes fans: A key source on the canceled drama told EW that NBC is not moving forward with a movie that would wrap up the four-year series. After the Peacock announced the show’s cancellation last May, there was some talk about allowing creator Tim Kring to give fans one more chance to say goodbye to their favorite characters, but that’s as far as it went.

NBC would not comment Thursday.

In June, Kring didn’t sound particularly hopeful about a Heroes sendoff on NBC when he talked to EW about his next project – creating interactive content for Nokia. “No decision has been made,” he said. “But the Heroes brand is an extremely broad premise. It was a premise about ordinary people, an undisclosed number of people all over the world, who were waking up to these extraordinary abilities. Any number of stories could happen around that. We never posited a single ending or a single premise.  It wasn’t about getting off of an island or stopping something from happening. We told stories in volumes that had a beginning, a middle, and an end. Those volumes could go on and on and on with many different characters. As a result, that Heroes universe is something that can be tapped into again in many ways.”  Translation: Any kind of follow-up could happen on the web! Or maybe in print! Just not on NBC during the 2010-11 season, it seems.

Kring’s relationship didn’t end after Heroes: He sold a script to the peacock called III for the 2010-11 season but it never moved past the development stage. It was about a third world war involving the invasion of the United States.

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  • Bee

    no surprise here anymore. as a fan, i wish it happened so that they could tie up what they started at the very end of the series finale (although it wasn’t some monumental cliffhanger). but i knew it was a longshot.

    • donknottz

      This is what NBC does with all of their shows that survive but don’t have great numbers toward the end. They did the same thing to Las Vegas after 5 years just yanked it off the air and said f the fans and this is why they are the biggest pile of garbage on network tv with Leno as the rotten cherry on top of their trash sundae.

      • Joe

        Sob… I miss Las Vegas! I’m glad they didn’t turn the POS Heroes into a movie. Season 1 was fantastic, but after that it was down right unbearable. +1 to NBC for finally making a smart decision for once.

      • Jon

        I really hope SyfY pick this up if they can.

      • Lisa

        Well Said! That’s why I have ditched NBC as a whole! I don’t even watch the “Today Show” either after 20 years. The “Today Show” is what needed to be cancelled. NBC is not a loyal network. CBS and FOX are the networks to look out for!

      • Lisa

        That reply is for @Donknottz

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  • M Weyer

    As someone who was a fan of this show from beginning to end and never bought it being suddenly so horrible after season 1, a real shame NBC couldn’t at least give the fans some closure after the great finale. Ah, well, always comics where the series belongs anyhow.

    • amj

      I totally agree. I would have liked some closure and I thought Season 4 had given us a season finale that would reignite the show once again as well. It left for so much opportunity for future seasons.

    • Jason

      I agree – I watch TV with fewer expectations, so I thought every season was fun. When Claire exposed her ability at the end, I was amped to see what the rest of the world was going to think of this, and whether or not HRG’s warnings were true. The only part I wasn’t a fan of, towards the end, was Sylar’s entire story. However, while there are many fans of the first season, this last season was my favorite. A roaming carnival of “Heroes”?! That’s bada$$!

      • lorraine

        Like Carnivale????remember HBO

      • Lord Kinbote

        NOTHING like Carnivale. They were not a bunch of heroes. I never finished Carnivale but it was more darkly supernatural, like the ultimate battle between good and evil. I need to finish that second season. But yeah, I agree that people WAY overstate the dropoff of quality of Heroes from season 1. I did find it interesting all the way through and season four I found VERY good.

    • Heather P

      I never missed an episode of Heroes. I own the first season on DVD, but there’s a reason I don’t own the other four seasons. They sucked with increasing intensity.

      • John

        you own the first season but u wont buy the other four???? there were only four seasons on DVD DUHHHHH

  • Devin Faraci

    Good! It was a total pile of crap. For morons only.

    • Spammers Older Ex-Boyfriend

      Yep. Big time. I once dated this chick that was almost 11 years younger than me (and a moron) and she loved this show. Good riddance to both of them.

    • joey

      I agree this show was piece crap and its fans lovers of crap. This series should have ended along time ago but all the losers started crying and NBC kept it on. I am guessing that people that were into Heroes also play role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, more than likely 30 year old virgins and losers

      • Melanie

        Joey for some reason I sense self-loathing here.

        Oh and Heroes became an embarrassment after its first season.

      • Big D

        I’m 31 years old, a married father, a combat wounded veteran and a gearhead who’s never played dungeons and dragons in my life. Way to expose your own shortcomings, Joey.

        The show was simply great. It was the first time anyone had ever taken a comic book premise and put it on television in a way that not only preserved all that comic books had to offer, but took advantage of what television could do, and all in a series that had immense popularity (at least at the beginning) coupled with a great story.

  • Alex

    It’s a shame, because it would have been nice for some final closure or something. But I’m not surprised.

    • joey

      It did closure it got canceled

      • Ben

        I think Joey is really “Joey Tribbiani” -Matt LeBlanc. Still got his panties in a wad over his lame ass show cancellation. Heroes Season 1 was pretty sweet. I watched the other seasons, but was pretty much constantly let down. Maybe its better that they let it go. I was also a Carnivale watcher….I was super pissed over that ending before it was finished. Boardwalk Empire better start doing something cool soon, or I am out of that one. Dexter remains a favorite…mostly cause I was to secretly kill you too. True Blood is also addicting. EastBound and Down is forever one of the funniest shows! Check it out. P.S. I only watch United States of Tara to see Brie Larson in her underwear.

  • Lance

    Next! Should’ve ended after season 1.

    • mary q contrary

      hear, hear

    • Jane

      This will be Glee’s fate in 2 years.

      • Alex

        I’ve been saying that since the second half of the episodes started getting all wacky and weird. Glee is good fun most of the time, but I’m not sure how much longer people are going to put up with it.

      • Silent Rage

        Shawn Ryan ruined Nip/Tuck after a couple of seasons…and they got a lesser episode count for their seasons, looks like glee(story wise) is on the fast track to following suit.

      • Nathan

        The difference between Glee and Heroes is that Glee has well written and likable characters, not to mention high entertainment value. Heroes had none of those things.

      • Allan

        This is not Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield and the new show Terriers. Ryan Murphy created Nip/Tuck and now Glee.

      • Chaz Winterbottom

        Does someone have to save the cheerleader in that show too?

  • Larry

    I never believed it in the first place. And neither did the actors it seems since several have found other projects to work on. NBC only said it to appease the Heroes fans. The network was in the middle of a dismal season with their shows and they didn’t want any more bad press. Why would they spend money for a show that they ended over half a year ago. This is NBC -the penny-pinching network. They only care about cheap gimicky reality shows and saving Jay Leno.

  • beatrice

    I don’t want a wrap up, i want a refund. I am sending Tim Kring a bill for all the time i wasted watching the nonsense and hackery that was season 2 and 3. i smartened up and didn’t stick around for season 4, so i’ll deduct that from the check.

    • Cris

      Make sure you bill him for the rope that tied you to the chair, the toothpicks that held your eyes open, and the batteries in your remote that died so you couldn’t change the channel or turn off the TV.
      Seems if you want to sue someone for wasting two years of your life, sue yourself.

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      • Joe

        Actually, Tim strung us all along saying its going to get better, expect some big changes, etc. The show got worse and worse so yeah, I blame Tim Kring as well and definitely a note to self, avoid his future projects as well.

      • Dicazi

        Joe, I agree with you 100%. I think Kring had no plan after Season 1 and was making it up as he went along.

      • Lord Kinbote

        I thought Kring left the creative side of it after season one. He created the show, but I read way back around the writers’ strike that he took a step back from the writing of it and that was one reason why it seemed to go in a different direction.

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  • mary q contrary

    Did anyone actually still think they were going to do it? Think about how many shows people talk about getting a follow-up film, and how many actually achieve it. Plus, it’s NBC.

    • Thantali

      Firefly… *thinks* That’s about it, isn’t it?

      • Sen

        and Prison Break (not amazing, but at least gave me more Wentworth Miller)

      • Brian

        And X-Files.

    • Jake

      Gilligan’s Island got THREE follow up films!

    • Misha Lauenstein

      Don’t forget all those Specials Walter Cronkite was going to host when he left the CBS Evening News.

  • CRZ

    TBS will pick it up, though, right?

  • ken

    :) seriously, this show needed to be put out of it’s misery. it was cruel to the unfortunate people left in the fandom to think NBC would grant them a wrap up movie.

  • Edina

    Tim Kring WISHES “Heroes” had been about getting off an island, or in short had anything like the quality “Lost” did. I adored the first season of this show, watched it free-fall in season two and then tuned out early in season three. Nobody who kept watching ever said anything other than it was perpetually getting worse.

    • Casey

      Exactly! Don’t take jabs at shows way better than yours, Kring. And besides, any fool knows that’s not what Lost was ultimately about.

      • Shaun

        Kring definitely shouldn’t be knocking other people’s shows when his was total crap, but it’s not like Lost has much to brag about either. No, it ultimately wasn’t about “getting off an island,” but the show was a helluva lot better when many of us still THOUGHT it was about that, along with the many (unresolved) mysteries the show threw at us. While Heroes was never all that good, save for few episodes in the first season, I don’t know that it was any worse than Lost’s final season.

      • Pete

        @Shaun Considring Lost was nominated for and Emmy Award for Best Drama during the last three seasons, including it’s final season and Heroes was not, it’s safe to say Heroes was a helluva lot worse! Try not to be so stupid!

      • Lord Kinbote

        I don’t think he was taking jabs at any other shows, he was just stating the difference of the type of premise and how it can limit or open up what types of stories you can tell.

    • Heather P

      Yep, I held out hope that it would get better, but every week I’d just complain about how crappy it was getting.

    • Hysterical

      With all of these comparisons to LOST I can’t help but think they could have used a good comic book writer like Brian K. Vaughan on the show, like LOST did.

      But they did have Jeph Loeb. I forget, was he fired, or did he just quit?

    • Ian

      Actually, I watched all 4 seasons and personally believed that every one of them was great and I have many friends that agree with me on that. Why must people read articles just to say how much they hate it? Word of advice: Don’t read about things you don’t care about or hate. Just watch what you watch and let us Heroes fans grieve for our loss

  • Dave

    Oh well. I can’t really say I’m upset over this. I gave this show so many chances to win me back as a loyal fan, but it always disappointed me. I guess I kept watching out of habit, desperately hoping they could regain the magic of the first season. Now it only seems like that first season was a fluke. A wrap-up movie probably would have just ended up disappointing me as much as the past three seasons did. Actually, the finale was decent, so it’s probably better it’s just left at that.
    Maybe the new show No Ordinary Family will have better luck with a somewhat similar premise.

    • Caryn

      That’s what I’m hoping. I will say I beat myself up over investing way too much time on Heroes, but knowing I’ll always have season 1 is worth it.

    • Sean

      I was kind of at this same point, though I got out earlier. Season one was great, it was right where it needed to be, but then they just let go of too many plot threads, such as pretty much dropping the technomancer kid and his cousin, then they killed off Nikki, only to bring her twin sister with different powers… They were just reaching too much.

  • Ashley

    Though I watched the last season out of morbid curiosity, this show ended for me when they killed Nathan Petrelli. The character had chemistry with everyone, yet was offed by Sylar for no apparent reason.

    • Heather P

      He was offed because Adrian Pasdar had had enough of the show and wanted out. Not that I blame him at all. He was on a sinking ship.

    • Lord Kinbote

      Actually Pasdar was PISSED when they finally killed off his character.

      • der

        Pasdar was supposed to have a new character in the canceled season.

  • Chris Collier

    I think FX should pick it up or even USA… something. And if they do or if something happens, show more Ali Later. That made me mad the most. She is the most talented actress on the show and she got maybe 5 episodes last season! What the heck? More Tracy less Peter

  • John T.

    No surprise there, they did the same thing to Las Vegas.

    • Joe

      A big difference was Vegas was more popular amoung the fans than Heroes was. Everyone would agree that Heroes was getting worse and worse each season. They killed Vegas out of the blue without any sort of wrapup (major cliff hanger), whereas Heroes had a bit of a closure. Comparing the two is not even close in this situation, Vegas got brutalized whereas Heroes didn’t. Ratings were higher with Vegas too.

      • ani

        I discoverd Las Vegas on TNT reruns. I really like the show. Although, judging from the bitterness at how NBC handled its cancellation, I’m glad I wasn’t a fan during that time. I already have enough reasons to hate nbc.

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