Spin-off series seem to be new trend for television, and Heroes Reborn is NBC’s entry to the race. Little is known about the return of Tim Kring’s once beloved series but at the Television Critics Association presentation yesterday, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt gave an update on the show.
“Tim Kring is working on a show called Dig right now for USA [Network] and as soon as he’s free with that, he’s going to be focusing on Heroes,” he explained. When pressed for a more specific answer for when the show could air he added, “I think it could be summer but I don’t know yet, depending on how the writing process goes.”
The new series is set to focus on a new roster of characters, but casting news has been few and far between. “We’re being coy about that because obviously it’s a hot issue, but Jack [Coleman] was the first step in the process. And stay tuned is all I can say.”
He is of course referring to Jack Coleman signing on to reprise his role as Noah ‘HRG’ Bennet. It has been said that old characters will return for the new series, as either cameos or in some kind of recurring capacity.
Zachary Quinto spoke about whether he would be reprising his role as Sylar, while promoting his new show The Chair at the TCA Press Tour. “I’ve been in touch with Tim [Kring] and he told me they were doing this and we left the door open for me to be involved, the trouble is really my availability,” Quinto explained. “I don’t know that it would really even be possible. And it’s a challenge for me because that experience and role and opportunity really changed my life completely and sent me on a path that I might not have otherwise have been on, but at the same time I’m very interested in forward momentum, I’m very interested in expanding and defying people’s expectations of me.”
“I don’t know that going back to such a definitely iconic character would necessarily do that,” he continued. “So it’s a larger question that I haven’t had to answer because no one’s actually given me an offer. We’ll see. I’m glad they’re doing it and I know that whether or not I’m involved that the fans will enjoy it.”
This wouldn’t be the first time Quinto has been unable to return to a TV show due to scheduling conflicts, having only been able to work on the first two seasons of American Horror Story, unable to return for either Coven or the newly announced Freak Show. Sylar’s return certainly seems unlikely.