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Corrections on 'Heroes 360', 'Origins'

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With the upfronts taking over the news cycle for a week straight, something was bound to get screwed up. Right before the upfronts, I had written that Heroes was getting an online series of videos that would document behinde-the-scenes action on the making of the show.

Then when the upfronts came along, we all got the surprise news that Heroes was getting a limited-run spinoff called Origins. I noticed that a number of people -- myself included -- thought that they were one in the same, that the early news was simply misinterpreted.

I then noted that the day after NBC's upfront, an editor at TV guide stated that there was no spinoff to air on NBC, just the web videos. Now things are a bit more sorted out.

Heroes 360 is a short run series of videos that will stream from NBC's website detailing the making of the show, something that will debut this year. Origins will be a limited-run 6 episode series, but when it airs is still up in the air. Ideas being floated are to run Heroes season 2 straight through like Fox does with 24, then follow it directly with Origins. Another idea would be for Heroes to take its normal mid-season hiatus, and fill the dead time with Origins.

Obviously it's too early to in between the end of the first season, and the beginning of the second, so you won't be seeing anytime in the near future. In fact, I believe the first scenes of the second season opener have already been shot.

Origins will feature an all original cast, and viewers will get to vote which of their favorite characters from Origins will join Heroes when it returns for the third year...if it returns for a third year. Just keep in mind that Lost was killing everything in sight with 22+ million viewers with its second season debut, but is only bringing in 9-11 million near the end of season 3. Heroes has fallen off quite a bit from mid-season form, so don't just take for granted that it'll be there.

You need to watch it and bring those ratings up if you really want it to survive -- that means stop downloading it off the Internet.

So there you go, consider the veil of confusion lifted.

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