Report: Fewer Episodes Ordered for Heroes Season Four

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Despite low ratings and really terrible episodes, Heroes is returning for a fourth season.

According to trade magazine Advertising Age, however, NBC might run just 18 to 20 episodes" for 2009-2010. The publication also says the network is contemplating running the season in one long block, such as Fox does with 24.

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Both changes would definitely alter the series. There were 23 episodes during the first season of Heroes; while this season, which concludes Monday, has featured 25 installments.

Moreover, viewers have endured lengthy breaks, mid-season, over the last couple years. There was a seven-week hiatus, for instance, between the two volumes of the third season.

Might a reduced number of episodes help Heroes? Yes. Might improved storylines and a logical narrative arc help even more? Yes.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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Heroes Quotes

My father spent his life chasing after this insanity. Now I'm wasting mine trying to prove he was sane.

Mohinder Suresh

Isaac Mendez: I don't want to lose you. But if you don't believe in me you shouldn't be here.
Simone Deveraux: Fine. You think you can paint the future, paint one without me in it.

Heroes Music

  Song Artist
Song Road to Joy Bright Eyes
Song Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett
Song I Want It That Way Backstreet Boys