Today, it was NBC’s turn at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California where they made several programming announcements. One of the biggest was about it’s Heroes reboot entitled Heroes: Reborn.
Zachary Levi is making his long-awaited return to television in NBC’s upcoming event miniseries “Heroes Reborn” to play a key yet undisclosed role.
Levi is best known for his popular starring role on the NBC series “Chuck,” which ran for five seasons as well as his role as Fandral in the Marvel franchise “Thor: The Dark World.” Levi also made his Broadway debut in the musical “First Date” for which he received critical acclaim.
Jack Coleman, who played Noah Bennet in the original “Heroes” series, has previously been cast to reprise his role as “HRG” for “Heroes Reborn”
With the return of “Heroes Reborn,” NBC will launch a digital series prior to the premiere that will introduce the characters and new storylines. This leveraging of social media is a way for fans to re-engage with what was one for the true pioneers in multiplatform storytelling.
Other notable news items from today’s panel includes:
– The third season of Hannibal has now been pushed back and will now debut in the Summer.
– The network has given a 13 episode order to the Eva Longoria single camera comedy Telenovella. Longoria will play the willful but popular diva Ana Maria, star of Latin America’s most beloved telenovela who strives to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera.
– NBC has signed a development deal with country legend Dolly Parton. In conjunction with production partner Sam Haskell of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, NBC will develop a slate of two-hour TV movies based on the songs, stories, and inspiring life of Dolly Parton.
– The network has also added an 8 episode miniseries called Freedom Run to its upcoming schedule. The miniseries will focus on three specific epic journeys and love stories, each based on actual people. It is based on Betty DeRamus’ acclaimed book “Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad”.