It gives me great pleasure to report to you that Heroes, the once-great series about ordinary people who discover extraordinary powers, has been canceled.
I glimpsed the news on EW’s Hollywood Insider where they crunch the numbers on how far the series has fallen since that celebrated first series:
The show never managed to recapture those stellar ratings from its critically-beloved first season, when it averaged a whopping 14.5 million. There has been talk that NBC may air a movie that allows the producers to wrap up the story, but nothing has been set in stone.
Did you watch the show right up to the end? The recently finished fourth series was perhaps the most tepid installment so far. It even went to the lengths of throwing Hayden Panettiere’s into a lesbian affair to spice up the ratings. Desperation had crept in. The show repeated motifs that it had already tackled: Sylar flip-flopped between good and bad, Hiro bounced around past, present and future and Peter Petrelli continued to look moody.
The series could probably have limped along. People like me would probably have watched it for fear of missing something cool. In fact, the fourth series ended with Claire Bennet revealing her abilities to the world (that old chestnut). Perhaps a valid tactic would have been to have the Heroes live in public and legitimise them, give them a chance to be proper superheroes for a while?
Perhaps a movie version will do that.
And while I’m genuinely sad that things never really worked out for Heroes, part of me wants to write a thank you letter to the brave producers who decided to put this show out of its misery.