Today has been bad day for some fans of genre shows on network TV, especially fans of the two shows featuring members of the new Star Trek crew. Today news has come out that ABC iscancelling the time-travel show FlashForward (featuring John Cho), and NBC is saying goodbye to Heroes (featuring Zachary Quinto).
No fifth season for Heroes – maybe a MOTW
The NBC series Heroes will not be returning for a fifth season. After bringing in up to 17 million viewers in its first season, the show’s fourth season finale went out with a whimper of only 4.4 million viewers. There has been some hope that NBC might bring the show back for one last season as it has a loyal core and does well on DVD and overseas, but today NBC made the cancellation official. There are other reports that NBC may wrap up the story with a 2-hour (or maybe 4-hour) movie of the week, but a decision on that will likely follow the NBC network upfront presentations next week.
Zachary Quinto in Heroes
Over the years Heroes has had a strong connection to Star Trek. The most visible connection is the main villain of the series, Zachary Quinto, who became the new Mr. Spock for JJ Abrams Star Trek. But the connections run deeper, with regular Star Trek references to the show through the years, many of which were put in by former Star Trek writer Bryan Fuller, who worked on Heroes in the first season and consulted on the third season. A number of Star Trek regulars also appeared on Heroes including George Takei, Nichelle Nichols and Dominic Keating. More Heroes/Trek connections at the Heroes Wiki.
License plate for Kaito’s (George Takei) car – just one of many Star Trek / Heroes connections
ABC says no to FlashForward – Yes to V
After one season ABC has decided to pull the plug on the time-travel series FlashForward, co-created by Trek vet Brannon Braga and featuring John Cho as one of the main characters. After starting off strong in the fall, the show has struggled since returning from the winter hiatus. Word is that ABC decided they would only carry one of their new genre shows into a second seasons, and that slot went to V.
John Cho in FlashForward