UPDATED: THR Feed is reporting that NBC has officially canceled ‘Heroes.’
Deadline confirms the cancellation, adding that NBC is “working on a way to wrap up the show,” which may include a two-hour or four-hour ‘Heroes’ special event.
Make no mistake – no one truly expected NBC to renew ‘Heroes‘ for a full fourth season. But there has been talk that the series would return for a partial run of, say, 13 episodes, if only to tie things up in a tidy little bow.
Well, that talk is getting quieter and quieter. As NBC gets a better look at its options for the 2010-11 TV season it is becoming clear that the network will not order a new season of ‘Heroes,’ says New York Magazine.
Already NBC has its entire Thursday comedy lineup returning, ‘Law & Order’ and ‘SVU’ are locks to continue on, ‘Chuck’ is a fair bet to come back, and at least three hour-long reality series have been renewed.
On top of that, NBC has picked up the new hour-long series ‘Chase’ (from Jerry Bruckheimer), ‘Undercovers’ (from J.J. Abrams), ‘The Event’ and ‘Love Bites,’ as well as the half-hour comedies ‘Perfect Couples’ and ‘Outsourced.’
So you can see how the Peacock’s dance card is getting pretty full.
But… but… there is some hope to see ‘Heroes’ Peter, Claire et al one last time.
“There’s a good chance the network will at least try to find a way to fund a two- or four-hour movie event,” to provide closure to the once-white-hot series, says New York.
In its heyday (meaning, the first season or so), ‘Heroes’ drew a supersized audience, sometimes as many as 17 million weekly viewers. But in the wake of the crippling 2008-09 Writers Guild strike, the show began a fast slide, and its Season 3 finale this past January mustered fewer than 5 million viewers.