The man in the horn-rimmed glasses is returning to NBC.
Mr. Bennet, better known as HRG, is the first role cast for the network’s production of Heroes Reborn. Deadline reports that Jack Coleman has signed on the 13-episodes miniseries that will reconnect with the basic elements of the show’s first season about ordinary people with extraordinary abilities.
The saga behind the 2006 series will return in 2015 with creator Tim Kring adding new layers to his original superhero concept. The series will be preceded by a new digital series that will introduce audiences to the new characters and storylines that will take the Heroes phenomenon to new places.
The event series was announced along with Mark Burnett’s follow-up to his The Bible miniseries, A.D., at the network’s upfront presentation last month in New York.
When the relaunch was first announced last February, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke teased that “the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.”
Heroes got off to a strong start in 2006 — averaging 14.5 million viewers its first season — but collapsed creatively by its second year.