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Heroes: Launch date

SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel

Looks like Heroes will air with a 2-hour, limited commercials pilot on Sept. 25th. Thereafter it will be on Monday’s at 9pm ET on NBC.

I’ve heard some doubts that this will be a successful show, but I gotta say I think it will succeed.

In talking about the pitch meeting for the show, NBC’s president, Tim Reilly, said:

“You looked in the guy’s eyes, and you saw the show, and that’s the way it felt through casting,” Reilly added. “We didn’t have to send him back to the drawing board time and time again. … All I can say, speaking to this show, is there feels like there is a cohesive vision, and I think it’s going to end up being a fantastic ride for everybody involved.”

If the vision is clear and the network is supportive, rather than meddling, I really think the show will have promise.

It’s also not going to be all a bunch of soul-searching, though that will be a large part of the show, especially in the beginning. But given what Tim Kring, the show’s creator says below, there is real possibility for some great payoff if this is allowed to play its course.

In a separate interview, Kring said he went into the pitch session telling a dark story, not a superhero tale. “The idea [always] had a … dark side to these abilities as well,” he said. “And I’m sort of positing that it could be you or me or anybody who has this. It’s very much about free will. And if you are naturally inclined to be good, then you veer in that direction.”

The implication, of course, is that if you are inclined to be bad, you’re heading for super-villain status. Handled smartly, you can really pull off a wide range of characters – good, bad, and “grey” – and allegiances can switch up all the time. Ideologies will eventually clash, and you could have one heck of a series finale.

If this runs long enough for fans to be really invested in the characters, I really think it will “take off”.

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