When Heroes debuted in 2006, it rode a wave of acclaim that turned it into must-see TV. While I wouldn’t call it groundbreaking — even back then it was pretty clearly riffing on concepts X-Men had explored years prior — it was just good. Series creator and showrunner Tim Kring did something different with the show that year; he took a group of ordinary but compelling people, gave them superpowers, and threw them into a mystery that could decide the fate of the world.

Nine years have passed since then, and Heroes is by now a joke. People talk about that first season fondly. The second season was rough, sure, but there was that writer’s strike. Never mention seasons three and four. Still, Kring has hope he can bring audiences who were so…

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