Heroes Might Actually Get Renewed

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As a rather harsh critic of Heroes, I'll try to deliver this news with the stoicism of Tom Brokaw:

NBC is seriously considering renewing the show for a fifth season.

Primetime President Angela Bromstad made that announcement this week, as she spoke to reporters about the network's recent pick-up of Parenthood.

Asked about other shows on the bubble, specifically Chuck and Heroes, Bromstad indicated that each would receive a 13-episode order for the 2010-2011 season.

Nathan's Funeral

Seen here, HRG, Claire and Peter are sadly NOT attending the funeral for Heroes.

"It is all yet to be debated," she said. "Both of those shows make sense with the new shows we'll be bringing on."

They do? What new shows will NBC be bringing on? True Hollywood Stories: Terribly Constructed Dramas That Make Everything Up As They Go Along and the Networks That Won't Cancel Them?!?

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I LOVE HEROES! Please don't keep me hanging. At least wrap it so that it has some sort of an ending. I am not sure if I like Sylar good or bad though.

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The 1st and 2nd season was based on average people having abilities. You had future Hiro go back in time to save the world and deliver Peter a message. Hiro saved Ando by teleporting him to his job before he went go fight Sylar in the 1st season (and he only new that by going into the future). But wouldn't you do the same thing if you could travel in time? Matt used his ability and put thoughts into peoples heads and used what they were thinking to his advantage. What would you do if you had his ability? You had Peter who used his abilities to save people and did whatever it took to save his brother Nathan. Flew him to the hospital, saved him with Adams blood from all the burns and gun shots to the chest. Its funny that in season 3 he forgets how to save his brother. They could of used Claires blood at any time (Noah was proof of that), time travel and healing power. What would you do if that was your brother? Sylar used his abilities for his own personal gain. Which is what a bad person would do. My point is that the writers forgot that these were everyday people with special abilities and they forgot what the average person would do.

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Honestly, as I think about everything written in the below two posts, I gotta say that's an almost Redlettermedia caliber laying-bare of the Heroes situation.

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Derek, you the man.

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Heroes getting prematurely put on hiatus and rewritten because of the writers strike back in Season 2 was basically comparable to your girlfriend going away to college and then coming back home in the summer as an entirely different person. The show returned to us as unfaithful (to it's own projected paths, which I swear change every few episodes, and to it's fans), risk taking (how many times can you guys jump the shark?), bitchy and yet giving us little reason to put up with it (like it's characters,) spewing nonsense (no explanation needed,) ball breaking (neutering it's main character because they ran out of plot devices to weaken him,) feeding us lies about one of it's suspicious "friends" that it claims is it's long lost brother to get us to not suspect that we're being played (cough, Sylar, cough,) tries to conceal their guilt in misleading you in any way with ridiculous stories and excuses (come on, we all know that they planned Sylar to be Peter's brother... how can you retcon something less than HALF A SEASON LATER????) and worst of all, won't even put out for us anymore (withholding long awaited action scenes and making us wait for episodes for little glimmers of hope.) And yet, for some reason, we're still faithful to Heroes, still giving it our time, despite how we constantly complain about it and fully aware that it's currently only on the air because of some DVDs a bunch of college aged nerds are watching of it and because it's doing "favors" for Professor Sprint to keep itself from failing.

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I think that if they were allowed to order only 13 episodes, they'd probably be able to piece together a likeable and coherent (I'm just too cynical about Heroes at this point to say "good") story arc. And either one that effectively ends the overall story (which is probably the best case scenario) or one that actually leads somewhere (which is very unlikely.) I loved Heroes Season 1, and I loved where Season 2 was heading. But, from the ashes of the forced ending of Season 2 and that ridiculous alternate ending that came out of left field was born what I consider to be an entirely different show. It's one which has had some great moments, but has been without any kind of direction, has been inconsistent, and just overall... crappy. I'm sorry, but when a SERIALIZED drama isn't actually GOING anywhere, then there is obviously something wrong. And that's really what the problem might be. Season 1 was going somewhere. Season 2 was (supposed to be) going somewhere. And Season 3 and 4, which, other than with a little help from Bryan Fuller for a little while there, has simply NOT been going anywhere.

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Season 1 of Heroes was great because it was new and exciting with all kinds of interesting characters and storylines. Season 2 was a stunted victim of the writer's strike, while Season 3 felt kind of like a rehash of past themes. But Season 4 of Heroes has been a fun ride, a departure from the whole agency/government hunting specials, and really got me excited about the show again. Looking forward to Season 5 if/when it's confirmed.

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Awesome! Now lets see what they can do with one last chance. Will they give the fans what we want. Will certain characters come back, will Peter get his abilities back and will their powers work like their suppose to. Let's hope Tim and his writers are in touch with their fans.

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Yes, season one was good. I just meant that I, personally have enjoyed all the other seasons as well, to ME it wasn't any better than the rest. Just to be clear.

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This is one last shot to either wrap it up with a final season or put back on the map like in season 1. Come on Tim, listen to your fans ideas and get creative again. Heroes season 1 overated! First off is the only show if it's kind on TV. Its not your typical comedy, action or drama. It's was different and that's what drew people to it the first season.