The original cast of Heroes.
We're one step closer to NBC lifting the veil off of which characters from Tim Kring's superhero TV drama Heroes will appear in the Heroes Reborn comeback miniseries.
"Some familiar faces from the show are bound to drop in" when the series debuts in 2015, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said Monday during the network's annual upfront presentation to advertisers in New York City's Javits Convention Center.
NBC previously revealed in February that Heroes would be resurrected for 13-episode standalone story arc, but the powers that be have since remained mum on further details.
Greenblatt didn't add much Monday, though his comments raised some excitement from fans of the original series' four seasons, which aired from 2006 to 2010.
"Save the cheerleader," Greenblatt said. "We have a big miniseries called Heroes Reborn, based on one of NBC's strongest dramas in recent years. Its original creator Tim Kring will reboot the show ... and some of the familiar faces from the show are bound to drop in. Plus, we'll ramp into the show with an original online series prior to launch."
The original show helped pioneer multiplatform storytelling, as some narratives were fleshed out online or were told only on the web — an uncharacteristic tactic for networks at the time.
Still, no cast members have been announced. Among the people in the original cast, which include several actors in a few of today's hit shows across networks, were Hayden Panettiere, Zachary Quinto, Ali Larter, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg and Adrian Pasdar.
Masi Oka, who played a major role as space-time manipulator Hiro Nakamura in the original, cryptically tweeted this message when NBC unveiled the comeback in February:
Was watching the Olympics and saw the #HeroesReborn trailer. Time to dust off the sword?— Masi Oka (@MasiOka) February 23, 2014
“The enormous impact Heroes had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement in February. "Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often and we thought it was time for another installment."
The show attracted somewhat of a cult following after it was canceled. As NBC noted, 10 million DVDs of Heroes have been sold.