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Should NBC give Heroes an end date like Lost has?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 10th 2009 6:02PM
NBCInteresting story over at The Hollywood Reporter: should NBC give an end date for Heroes like ABC gave an end date for Lost?

It's an intriguing idea. If they were to say that Heroes was going to end, let's say, after the 6th season, then the writers and producers could actually start planning the story in a certain way and give it a real ending. I also think that if the show were to have a definite end date, fans and former fans would watch the show, knowing that it is actually going somewhere. James Hibberd makes a good case, saying that scarcity increases demand, that it will probably increase ratings, and the show is, well, a goner anyway.

Of course, this could probably be said about a lot of shows on TV, that giving them an end date would make the stories better and get fans interested. Except for According To Jim of course. ABC just renewed that the sitcom through the 2021-22 season.

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I wrote a long and detailed article about why Heores SHOULD NOT set an end date:

March 15 2009 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Lost" already got out of hand. People were complaining that the show wasn't going anywhere by season 2. The whole reason the whole end date thing started because they were losing viewers and people were getting fustrated thinking they were just dragging thier heels. Most networks wants a successful show to last as long as possible. If they continue to get viewers and ad revenue for a series they don't care if "Lost" goes on for 15 seasons. They let the writers worry about the stories. They just care about the bottom line. "Heroes" slumped at season 2 and never quite got its creativity back, it just seems like they were throwing things against the wall to see what grabbed viewers attention.

March 11 2009 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm not sure an end date would help with this show. They have NO idea what they are doing or where they are going and every episode after the first season has felt like an ass pull.

March 11 2009 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Definitely need an end date. It's astounding how bad Heroes is getting lately. The first season was just so damn good, and the second fell apart almost completely, and this current season just seems to be going nowhere. Would be nice to get some serious structure to the plot again.

March 11 2009 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

yes. how about next week?

March 11 2009 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey Bobby, get over According to Jim, the world on TV doesn't revolve around you. If you still watch it and hate it, you're just as big as idiot as the one's who say they force themselves to watch Heroes. Or the one's who say they stopped watching but have to ask how it's going to make sure they're not missing anything.

March 11 2009 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My feeling has always been that EVERY show should be limited to 4seasons max. It focuses storylines and prevents the studios form overmilking the franchise.

March 11 2009 at 12:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Urkel's comment

Then we would have only gotten 4 seasons of Fraser, and the show was fantastic until season 7 at least.

March 11 2009 at 1:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree, generally, but I think it depends on a case-by-case basis. Some series (like LOST) should have an end date. Other series have premises that allow them to go on indefinitely -- the Law & Order shows and The Simpsons would be examples.

As for Heroes, its premise actually allows for it to run indefinitely -- but only if the writing is good (or at least mostly good), and characters are either killed off or written out, and new (and good) characters are brought in. Think of the Marvel or DC Comics universes. Heroes could have been the TV series equivalent of that.

March 11 2009 at 3:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If we're being honest, Heroes should have ended with the first season. They saved the cheerleader; thereby, saving the world. Why keep going? One of the great things about the British system of broadcasting is that they're slaves to the story, not to 22 episodes, or creating several seasons of a series. Life on Mars was an exceptional series, but it only lasted for two seasons; and that was enough. If the American version had succeeded they would have dragged it on for years past its prime.

March 10 2009 at 8:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yea, this article was written on the wrong premise. Lost chose to end because they didn't want it to get too out of hand. Also, someone else mentioned this but The Shield chose to go out on its own terms because I think they realized that they had already told the story they wanted to tell.

March 10 2009 at 8:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you mean like at the end of this season?

heroes is the only show that i have to force myself to watch. i dont have nearly as much time to watch tv anymore and heroes is just piling up on the dvr and if last 3 episodes aren't any better than the last two season i think i'm done.

March 10 2009 at 8:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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