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Hayden Panettiere is as Surprised as You Are About ‘Heroes’ Revival

Hayden Panettiere 2006 Heroes

NBC in February trumpeted a 2015 revival of Heroes as an “event miniseries,” the network teased the involvement of creator Tim Kring and the possible return of some of the original cast. The announcement came as a surprise not only to the sci-fi drama’s fans and detractors, but also at least one of its stars.

“Well, it was a shock to me, and, in fact, I believe I became privy to that through my cousin,” Hayden Panettiere, who played cheerleader Claire Bennet for all four seasons of the series, tells Cosmopolitan. “She sent me a text message and told me about it, and, I mean, we had nothing, nothing to do with it; it will definitely be interesting to see how they reinvent that.”

Planned as a 13-episode standalone story arc, details of Heroes Reborn are, in the network’s words, “shrouded in secrecy.” However, the presumption, by Panettiere and others, is that the miniseries will introduce new characters — something the original loved doing, frequently to the detriment of the story — rather than recasting Claire, Hiro, Nathan & Co.

“Who knows?” the Nashville star says. “It’s a little bit of an interesting feeling because you go, ‘That was our show, our home, our family,’ something that we had a major part in creating as well, and, I mean, I hope that they don’t have somebody else playing our characters, that would be a little dagger in the heart. But, you never know. I wish them success in it, for sure.”

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  • Zarathos No Daimaōh

    ” the miniseries will introduce new characters — something the original loved doing, frequently to the detriment of the story — rather than recasting Claire, Hiro, Nathan & Co.”

    I’d say the insistance on keeping Peter , Sylar , Hiro and co around , without a clear and sound plan , and without securing the quality of the serie , is what killed it . Not the influx of new characters , wich they screwed anyway , to keep the old ones the stars in the end

  • Tommy Rankin

    yeah, that was one of the first big problems that arose with the series after the first season. it was originally designed to have new characters introduced every season and changing that premise to keep the previous characters around because of their popularity despite their stories being wrapped up mostly by the end of the season was a mistake. I liked characters like Peter, Hiro, Sylar and Claire but they should have been taken out of the series after the first season like it was planned.

  • Tommy Rankin

    It’s probably best that Claire doesn’t appear in Heroes Reborn. I liked her but over the seasons I got an overdose of her to last for a long time.

  • Victor Acosta

    This is kind of lame, because the last episode set up a very interesting premise: the revelation to the world by Claire that the Specials were amongst them.
    And we never got to see what happened afterwards!
    I hope this miniseries at least makes reference to that.

  • Jon Holden

    Glad she won’t be a part of it.
    She sucks.
    I’ve seen better acting in porno movies…

  • TallBoy6t6

    Yeah, Claire definitely Did Some Doings in the final shot of the series (great callback to the pilot) which really have to be addressed in the narrative of the Heroes universe. Be kinda hard to pull it off without Panettiere!

  • Grimace

    With “Nashville” teetering on the fence for cancellation, we may be seeing Claire again in the future…

  • Scott West

    Wow this is great news.:D