A lot of things suffer from what we like to call “The Sophomore Slump.” Kevin Smith went through it with the backlash of Mallrats. ABC waded through it during the second season of Lost. Even some musicians aren’t safe from this curse.
One of the things affected by this right now is Heroes. The first season was fantastic (minus a few bumps caused by its two month hiatus and the lackluster season finale). This season has been all over the place and very sporadic, with no real ‘thread’ pulling everything together. This has caused many of its viewers, and quite a few critics, to tear it apart and stray away from it. I’m sure it’ll pick up again, but will viewers still be sticking around to see?
One of the problems the low ratings have caused is the stopping of production on the spin-off series, Heroes: Origins. As of now, NBC has indefinitely shelved production on the six-episode series. Now, don’t get me wrong…the numbers were not the main reason that caused this decision. Its reported that NBC Universal Entertainment co-chairs Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff didn’t want to move ahead with production due to the uncertainties of a possible Writers Guild of America work stoppage.
For those of you who didn’t know, Heroes: Origins was supposed to be a six-episode mini-series to be shown during the hiatus of Heroes later this season. Each episode was to contain two separate stories, each introducing a new character in the Heroes universe. The project attracted some big names, such as Kevin Smith and Eli Roth, who were both attached to be a part of the show in some capacity.
This is disappointing, as I was looking forward to seeing what they were going to do with this show. However, it is rumored that the project isn’t completely dead, and could very well be revived for next season.