NBC announces webisodes of Office and Heroes
NBC announced today that webisodes for The Office and Heroes would officially premiere on NBC.com starting in July. Seems like all that chit-chat that led to the WGA Strike cease-fire is finally showing some results.
The Office webisodes will premiere first in early July and will focus on Kevin's gambling issues and how he plans to pay for his debts. We got a taste of his competitive side in this past week's episode when he started betting on holes at the golf course. The summer series will also feature Stanley, Oscar, and Darryl. This is the second series of webisodes for The Office, which premiered The Accountants back in the summer of 2006.
The Heroes webisodes will air in mid-July with the premiere "Manhunt." NBC was scant on details for this, except to say that a new villain will be introduced and that the web series will lead right up to the third season premiere. No word on whether or not any stars from the TV show will make guest appearances.
So what does everyone think of this? Honestly, I'm not too psyched. While I love both of these shows, webisodes tend to be of much lesser quality than the series themselves. Plus, they never tie directly into a show or have serious implications because, believe it or not, some folks still don't have Internet access. To chastise those fans is something that networks don't seem ready to do... yet. I'm sure these can be skipped over without having to play much (if any) catch-up when the new seasons premiere in the fall.