11 March 2009

NBC: 'Heroes' will continue next season

NBC plans to bring back "Heroes" for another season, said entertainment president Angela Bromstad.

The action-drama's ratings decline has caused some media reports to speculate as to whether the show will return next fall. As part of Hollywood Reporter's annual Q&As with the five broadcast network chiefs, Bromstad was asked if "Heroes" could be considered "on the bubble" for a renewal.

"No," she said, and added that the network plans to order 18-20 episodes of the show for next season.

That's fewer hours than "Heroes" first or current third season, however, with season two having been cut short due to the writers strike.

For all its headline-making audience erosion, "Heroes" is still tied with NBC's "The Office" as the network's top-rated series among adults 18-49 this season.

Also being factored: NBC's pilot project "Day One," about a group of survivors in the wake of a catastrophic global event. If the serialized "Day One" goes to series, having an established sci-fi drama like "Heroes" could help the new show in a few ways, including possibly airing as part of the same Monday night block.

"Day One' is a big event and we're looking at that to come into the 'Heroes' spot," Bromstad said. "It's right now being looked at as a 13-episode run -- something people could commit to and we could make a big splash with."

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3ib7a02a35762c9434e29789c6baf8ff63

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