Strike jitters scotch Heroes: Origins?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Heroes spin-off , Heroes: Origins, will not be receiving its eight episode run, which was to begin in the summer of 2008. While NBC hasn’t officially said that the series is, ah, eclipsed, producers have not been given a date when it would be put on the schedule. During the network upfronts held last May it was mentioned that Origins would be spelling its older sibling during a late-season hiatus, and that Kevin Smith would be directing the first episode.
The big question: is it because of a pending writer’s strike, or is it because of tanking ratings for Heroes? To which the obvious reply is: Can’t it be both?
Either way, this will be touted as the first casualty of the writers’ strike, which I’m just interpreting as a propaganda stunt to get rabid fanboys ticked off at those mean writers. It’s the same reason that TV Guide runs all those alternate covers of anything remotely science fiction.
Incidentally, the strike jitters is the reason why we haven’t reported on the theoretical deal that Joss Whedon has to develop a new TV show on Fox with Eliza Dushku. Well, that and some other reasons we’re looking into. There are a few shoes waiting to drop…