Heroes: Origins put on hold
Production of one of the more highly anticipated shows on the NBC schedule, Heroes: Origins, has been put on hold. Apparently, due to fears of a pending writers' strike. Or, maybe not.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the Heroes spin-off will not be receiving its six-episode run, which was to begin in April of 2008. While NBC hasn't officially said that the series is canceled producers have not been given a date when it would be put on the schedule. During the network upfronts held last May it was mentioned that Origins would be spelling its older sibling during a late-season hiatus.
However, that statement was made during the reign of then NBC entertainment president Kevin Reilly at a time of huge popularity for Heroes. Under the administration of Ben Silverman, things aren't as rosy. Over the last few weeks ratings for the superhero series have dropped off considerably. According to some in the television industry this may be the reason why Origins does not have a definite start date.
On the other hand, stories that Heroes: Origins being put on hold due to fears of a writers' strike could be true. If that was the case then this could be the first of many projects lined up by the networks that could be downgraded. If the strike lasts for a long period of time money for these projects could be reallocated to strike-proof fare like news and reality programs.