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'Heroes' is reborn as 'Heroes: Reborn'

Hayden Panettiere may or may not return to

Hayden Panettiere may or may not return to "Heroes" for this rebirth. Credit: Getty Images

Reasonably insanely big news for all fans of "Heroes:" In a word (or two), it's back. But the even bigger news: It's back with Tim Kring at the helm. A 13-episode "standalone" series arrives in 2015. (Yes, that's next year...)

 NBC has announced that the promo, no doubt, will air on tonight's Olympics, and we can all finally wonder - at long last - whether a cheerleader will save the world. (On that note - no word about casting.) Of course this all seems part of a one-show trend - "24" is back in May. "Heroes" will have a chance to recapture some magic next year...

  The ever-so-slightly hyperbolic statement from the boss (but yes, it's still exciting news): 

"The enormous impact ‘Heroes’ had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often and we thought it was time for another installment. We’re thrilled that visionary creator Tim Kring was as excited about jumping back into this show as we were and we look forward to all the new textures and layers Tim plans to add to his original concept. Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.”


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