Microsoft planning to resurrect Heroes on Xbox - Report

Report states that show could return on Xbox with new cast and storylines.

Microsoft is reported to be planning a resurrection of superpowered drama Heroes as exclusive programming for the Xbox.

TVLine reports that Microsoft is in preliminary talks to relaunch the show on Xbox with a new cast of characters and storylines. Members of the original cast are also said to be making cameo appearances.

At the start of April Microsoft confirmed it had sold off its IPTV platform Mediaroom and will be now be devoting all of its TV resources to the Xbox.

The move "allows Microsoft to commit 100 percent of its focus on consumer TV strategy with Xbox," said Microsoft corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi in a statement at the time.

"With the sale of Mediaroom, Microsoft is dedicating all TV resources to Xbox in a continued mission to make it the premium entertainment service that delivers all the games and entertainment consumers want--whether on a console, phone, PC, or tablet," Mehdi added.

Heroes ran for four seasons and ended its run on US network NBC in February 2010.

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91210user
91210user

Microsoft may make this work! Heroes is going to find it's audience but much bigger and Microsoft will make it happen. I like the fact Microsoft is picking it up!

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

Well I'm glad to See They Continue Heroes, After All my user name Is Sayler! 

asheth007
asheth007

From my understanding the show wasn't cancelled because it became bad it was cancelled because the production cost > rating.   It still had great ratings when it stopped but NBC didn't think it was worth it to continue based on how much it cost them for each episode.  The writers strike did mess things up a bit but the next season they tried to put it back on track.  The writers strike season was basically a season 1 with different people they tried to reintroduce new characters with powers it was basically filler.  

DemannameD
DemannameD

I for one hope not... they ruined the charcters and story after the Writer Guild Strike to a point that everything was terrible.


Kaobasa
Kaobasa

Not a bad idea so long as you don't stuff it with an absurd amount of characters so that the show constantly has to shift every 3 to 5 minutes to keep up with everything not to mention the past, future and present story lines.  Damn, that show just had way too much going on.

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

Ughhhh... There's a reason it isn't on TV. It's like a bad relationship in the fact that if it didn't work the first time, chances are it won't work twice.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

Honestly, after Season 2 I stopped caring and stopped watching.  I don't know if this is good news or not.  I guess I'll have to wait and see.

1337hackz
1337hackz

After the writers' strike the show sucked 

The1WhoKnocks
The1WhoKnocks

Hmmm...I don't know. This idea might actually fall in line with the latest theory that Microsoft seems to be engaging in some serious dumbfuckery lately. It's like they fired everybody and replaced them with a bunch of those long-armed inflatable advertising dummies that flop around in the wind.

senjutsu
senjutsu

New cast? Well, without hayden panettiere it's without me too, lol.

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

Edgy characters having sex in every 2 scenes with a OST filled with mostly dubstep. No thanks, Microsoft.

paxusromanus
paxusromanus

Yeah without the original cast im skeptical, but heroes is still heroes to me and a chance to get back into that wonderful world that they so disgracefully abandoned is a huge welcome.

chebba98
chebba98

I LOVE HEROES AND WILL WATCH THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

JRLennis
JRLennis

I don't know what to think of this.  The only season that was exceptional was the first.  And the reason Heroes lasted as long as it did was because of the cast.  Without the cast, Heroes has nothing.

Flamewolf75
Flamewolf75

God please no. No no no no no. No. It's been over for too long to just resurrect it. And especially if Microsoft is gonna do it. 

Chronologo
Chronologo

Please no, I was a follower of the series and they're best laying it to rest if you can't get the original cast and continue the story

nairz
nairz

Dont know whether i should celebrate or cry.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Stick to making games for crying out loud. This is ridiculous.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Heroes became absolute garbage by time it ended.

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

Speaking for myself, I only want a console to play games on and nothing else at all!

tim1935
tim1935

LOL TV shows are not why I have a gaming rig

Cappuccin0
Cappuccin0

The first season was pretty cool, but it all went downhill from there. If they do bring it back, I wonder what they'll do to fix that.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

If they start at the end of season 1, then maybe, otherwise don't bother.

MAJ0RSURGERY
MAJ0RSURGERY

First season of Heroes was great, I was hooked. So much potential. It lost its way in the second season although it picked up again in season 3. What killed it for me was that ridiculous Sylar-Nathan story in the final season. !

Cashmoney007
Cashmoney007

Darth Vader says........

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Oh for f*** sake. The show was cancelled for a reason. Why drag up the past? Didn't Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows give enough reasons why you should resurrect things/people from the dead? Why make a show that was dying even worse? I enjoyed the first two/three series, I will hate them all if you continue down this path. Doesn't anyone know how to use their imagination anymore to come up with NEW ideas?

ablerider
ablerider

so they want to save the cheerleader and the world?

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

The next xBox seems more like a cable box or apple TV then a gaming console

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

I honestly think have TV show ONLY on the Xbox isn't going to work.
TV shows struggle enough as is, and it is a lot easier to gain access to these shows.

I can't see many 3rd party companies supporting this - so everything on the Xbox will be Microsoft owned. And I doubt they will be able to produce enough shows and variety to make this feature worth buying a console over.

Even though there is no official statement about the Always online situation - I can assume Microsfot TV will be a streaming feature - which in-and-of itself, will obviously need a decent internet connection.

Too many things working against this for it to be a huge selling point.
Also, Heroes season 1 was above average at best, and season 2 onwards was atrocious.

okassar
okassar

The first season was golden. It was easily my favorite show of all time (still is), but it lost a lot of steam with the following seasons. I got too disconnected and complex, to the point that you can skip over one of the mini-storylines they cover over a few shows and not feel like you lost anything (or watch those and feel like you wasted your time when they're abruptly cut, lol).

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Honestly. The one thing I do not want on my console is TV shows. I want games, all types of games. I have like 5 different devices that can stream TV shows and I will guarantee the Xbox will be the last thing I consider the one xbox to rule them all.

Plus. Who pays for tv shows and movies anyways?   

funkymonkey4710
funkymonkey4710

I am okay with them resurrecting this show only if:

A. They start with brand new storylines and I mean BRAND NEW not some sideways bullshit to try and tie it in. The sloppy writing of midway seasons 2 and later cannot effect this.

and 


B. They try to amp the action a bit more, I always felt like Heroes was lacking in that department.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Had season 2 not been destroyed by the writters strike, and had the writters not gone power crazy on season 3... it might have lasted. Its a shame too because the actors they had were all pretty great together.  It won't be the same without Sylar either, even a cameo wouldn't be enough.

verybadperson
verybadperson

I wonder what games they will show for their new "console".

I don't even know why I bought the Xbox 360, the last few years the Playstation 3 got so many exclusives

WTF MICROSOFT ?!?

chechak7
chechak7

sylar will came and kill them all ..moohahahhhahh (sylar is with open source )

Cloud418
Cloud418

This was the TV show that got me into watching TV shows....from here I found shows like LOST, Dexter, Prison Break, The Shield, etc...it all started with Heroes. 


Such a shame the way it ended. Even with new cast members it'll just remind me of how the writers messed up such an amazing show...

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

I would watch it (provided the writing quality of the first few seasons is there).

Saketume
Saketume

Such a fantastic show that was completely ruined by sloppy writers. I'm sure the strike didn't help but that wasn't the only reason.

Story lines that never lead anywhere. New characters built up that then mysteriously vanished without a trace or explanation. Too many logical errors to list etc etc.

Best X-Men concept ever without actually using the Marvel brand.

When it started I loved it more than any TV show in ages and when it ended I was pissed off because they mistreated it so badly.

Do I want a game about it? Hell no!

DemannameD
DemannameD

@SavoyPrime Garbage is a compliment, by the time it was done in was toxic sludge, The moment they took away peter patrelli's powers and thus destroyed the inevitable Super Human/Dragon Ball Z like epic fight that Sylar and he were surely going to build up to, ruined everything that I had invested into enjoying that series... It is where it is for a reason... And just for nails in the coffin... they took Hiro and made him awesome and then gave him a "brain tumor", I rather see them bring cheers or night court back!

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@SavoyPrime Honestly, I thought it became absolute garbage a little after halfway through.  I was shocked, I'd never seen a series go so bad so fast.

method115
method115

@Cappuccin0 Agreed they made horrible choices. Taking the main characters powers away was dumb. I hope they bring it back though because I love heroes and zombie related things.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@Cappuccin0 The reason it went downhill is because the Writer's Guild of America was on strike, which affected not only season 2 of Heroes but a lot of other shows.

If they get the same writers I could see it being pretty awesome.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@Phazevariance  

I agree with most of your points, but I REALY think they should have moved on from Sylar after the first season ended. They could have brought him back in future seasons (like S3 or even later). But Season 2 really should have been about someone else.

The way I see it - the main downfall of the series (other than it being completely atrocious writing) is that Sylar was the main character from Season 2 onwards. The show might as well have been renamed "Sylar".

DemannameD
DemannameD

@DaneGamer @Flamewolf75 I agree that gates would never have anything to do with this... but I'd say that's A: because I'm sure your aware of this but bill gates isn't a "controller of MSN any more and B: if he was... we wouldn't be reading about this at all. Because Bill gates is smart enough to know that this is a bad idea, for MSN at least.

JRLennis
JRLennis

@HowlPendragon @Cappuccin0 Granted, but the quality didn't improve after the strike ended.  No one seemed to know what direction to take the show after that, and by the end of season 4 the plot was an ungodly mess that no one could follow or care about.