NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt has announced that the star of its former hit show “Chuck, ” Zachary Levi, has been picked to star in its upcoming reboot of the show Heroes. The new program will be called “Heroes Reborn.”
It will be a 13 part miniseries and does not yet have an air date.
“Heroes, ” which ran for four seasons from 2006 to 2010, was an instant hit with a huge cult following. But fans quickly stopped watching as many felt that the show’s story lines fell flat after its first season and the ratings bottomed out in its fourth.
With a name like Zachary Levi you would assume that the actor was Jewish, but you would be wrong. The 34 year old actor’s full name is Zachary Levi Pugh and he is of Welsh ancestry.
Levi commented on the news to TVLIne saying, “There are a few franchises I’ve always wanted to be a part of, and Heroes is one of them. Chuck gave me the opportunity to wield some fun powers, but an entire world with superpowers is a world I’ve always wanted to explore.”
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with Tim [Kring], and the awesome team around him, in bringing this to life, ” he adds. “Moreover, to be working with NBC again is such a reward in itself, as my bonds and relationships there are deep.”
Jack Coleman who played Noah Bennett on the show is the only original cast member to have been confirmed as returning for the miniseries.
“Jack’s the way in, but I think – and I’m not trying to be coy because we just don’t know – you will see several of the old cast popping in to episodes, ” Greenblatt said Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.