NBC is blaming the WGA’s strike for the shelving of their Heroes spin-off, according to Variety. We have a feeling it has something to do with the crappy subplots and growing backlash, as well. As Newark Star-Ledger critic Alan Sepinwall’s blog put it, “Are we sure the writers of Heroes haven’t already gone on strike?”
Peacock wasn’t talking Wednesday, but people familiar with the situation said NBC U entertainment co-chairs Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff didn’t want to move forward with the project given the financial uncertainties of a possible WGA work stoppage.
Indeed, it’s believed that all unproduced NBC production commitments are being re-evaluated in light of a likely strike.
“Heroes” also has been facing sophomore growing pains, losing some key staff members. Trying to take on the production of six more episodes of a hugely complicated, mythology-based skein might have proven to be too difficult, especially given the possibility that all production could halt soon.