Likely inspired by the current trend of superhero movies and TV mini-series that have picked up in this decade, NBC revealed during Saturday’s Winter Olympics coverage that it would be bringing back its popular cult series Heroes in a new mini-series, by way of a teaser trailer.

Heroes Reborn will kick off in 2015. “The enormous impact ‘Heroes’ had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in an official press release “We thought it was time for another installment… Until we get closer to air in 2015, 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.”

The network has signed up for 13 episodes, opting to reboot ‘Heroes’ as a mini-series rather than a full-blown television series. In addition, it has brought back Tim Kring, creator of the original ‘Heroes’ series, as an executive producer.

Heroes, in its heyday back in 2006 and 2007, was a groundbreaking and riveting series in NBC’s prime-time lineup, whose compelling characters who just happened to be superheroes had viewers tuning every Monday night religiously. Sadly, the series seemed to fall off during its second season, when the Hollywood Writer’s Strike caused Season Two to be cut short. The series never quite replicated the steam that its first two seasons had, suffering from the overdevelopment of some characters (the Man with the Glasses, Sylar’s hero today-villain tomorrow back and forth), killing off of others who were potential fan favorites, and poor plot wrinkles, ultimately resulting in its cancellation after Season Four ended in 2010.

The fact that NBC is rebooting the series as something entirely new may re-energize the fanbase of the original ‘Heroes’ saga and also bring new audience interest. In many ways, this could go very good for NBC. But it can also go very bad. The network and Kring have a lot of work to do between now and 2015 to get us excited about what’s to come. Especially given the corniness of the mini-series’ title.

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