Tim Kring, Heroes‘ creator, has released a statement on the demise of his show (via THR.com’s Live Feed):
Regarding NBC’s decision not to renew the international hit Heroes for a fifth season, creator and executive producer, and award winning transmedia storyteller, Tim Kring commented: “I want to first extend my deepest gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to the legion of enthusiastic fans who have watched Heroes on TV, online, DVR, DVD and mobile over the last four seasons.
Every week more than 45 million TV viewers around the world, as well as millions of social and digital media-based fans, have made Heroes one of the five most-watched shows across traditional and digital media screens in the history of television.
For NBC, I certainly understand the challenge of creating a business model around a show which arrived precisely as the audience was finding new ways to watch traditional content on multiple screens.
I personally have had 12 great years with my friends at NBC, and with Heroes, they provided me a rare opportunity to put a message of hope, interconnectivity and global consciousness into the world. For that I am grateful and look forward to finalizing our discussion about a number of ways to keep the Heroes universe alive for its fans.”
I haven’t ever watched even five minutes of this show, but I’m aware of how fan support for it crashed and burned like the Hindenburg in the seasons following the first. So is Kring’s hope for other transmedia (heh, love that word, sounds like a crossdressing TV station or something) incarnations like comics or movies realistic?