Writer & Producer Axed from Heroes!

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Hello all, a huge piece of news came to light today when it was revealed that writer/producers Jesse Alexander and Jeph Loeb were leaving the show due to "creative differences".


It may be due to fans and critics being all over the show since the start of Season 3, and the season has continued to lose ratings.


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Here is the full report from Variety:

Big shakeup on the staff of NBC's "Heroes" came down on Sunday with the axing of co-exec producers Jesse Alexander and Jeph Loeb.


Both scribe-producers had been with the show since its first season and were known to have led the day-to-day production operation under the direction of creator/exec producer Tim Kring.


"Heroes" produced by Universal Media Studios, has struggled in the ratings its third season. It's understood that Alexander and Loeb were let go because of Peacock execs' frustration with the creative direction of the show. The show is also said to have been grappling with hefty budget overruns this season, that are going well beyond its already sizable $4 million per-seg pricetag.


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What do you guys think? Do you think the show needs new writers/producers and a new direction?


I'm quite satisfied and feel the show has been going well so far. Season 3 is definitely better than Season 2 and I expect more interesting plots to be revealed.


Feel free to share your thoughts on the subject, I'm curious as to what fans might have to say about the show.

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Nov 3, 2008 1:09PM EST

I think this is the begining of the end for Heroes. I just hope they wrap up some loose ends and give us closure before they pack it in.

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Nov 3, 2008 7:36PM EST

the fly story arc and future where everyone has super powers (4400) were gr8 borrowed ideas.
some of the main characters are very one dimensional like the cheerleader and peter petrelli. there are some gaping plot holes- with hiros and peters time travel ability most of the bad guys could have been thwarted already.
season 3 is faster than 2 with some interesting ideas, however neither matches up with season 1. 2 and 3 are lacking in different ways.
so yes, i think its wise to fire the writers. fresh quality talent is needed so that the show can retain its former glories

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Nov 3, 2008 9:10PM EST

Well I think there are too many factors this season with the Economic Crisis. I would think that people as shown more interest in the Politics & Economy this season than Entertainment. People might just want to know whats happening in the Presidential Election than what's on a Fictional Show.
Also the internet plays a huge role now. Most people I know are either watching EPS online or other channels because of their schedules.
I say wait it out till the end of the year and lets hope is picks up. Now for the story plot this season they're gonna have to really promote the series after the election to get people back into Heroes.

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Nov 4, 2008 4:14AM EST

IMO this season lacks focus somehow. Maybe not, but it has definitely lost something. Freshness? Has it lost that new car smell? Yea, that's what I'm getting at; it's stale. It feels like a repeat of what has already happened maybe. Perfect example, Claire and her videos. Why is everyone still running around like decapitated chickens? Shouldn't they be closer to actually saving the world? We spent the first two seasons seeing how the future was created and such but now all that has changed and we have to start over. That doesn't make me feel good about the direction the show is going.
Also, let me know if I missed something or got something wrong, but what is up with Sylar?! One of the show's top villains, if not THE top villain, is a murderous psychopath. All of sudden he's a good guy because he met his birth mother? I'd find that easier to believe if he was some kind of autistic. No matter what flavor of clinically insane he is, he's still not honky dory suburban dad material that we saw when peter visited the future.
The characters are starting to get unbelievable for me. I don't care what situations the character is in really. Believing someone can fly or stop time or kill a yak from 200 yards without a gun but with mind bullets, believing that character can do these things is no problem as long as they act like real people.

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Nov 4, 2008 4:22AM EST

i think heroes has sung its swan song. i haven't even cared enough to watch the last three episodes yet. it used to be as soon as it came i would scramble to watch it right away and then i would discuss it with other heroes fans. however, i feel that ever since last season it has continued to decline. last year there were some good beginnings of story lines but they took them in the wrong direction and some were cut off completely due to the writer's strike. what stinks about shows like these are that sometimes they are only meant to be one season or a miniseries because keeping them any longer loses the shows creativity and uniqueness.

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Nov 4, 2008 1:06PM EST

I have to say I loved season 1 of heroes and season 2 was kinda ok. However, the more I see of season 3 makes me think the writers kinda lost the plot. I mean Angela Petrelli being Sylars mum which means Peter and Nathan are his brothers. Then the whole Arthur Petrelli being alive and meeting his sons. Then you got the clone thing with Nikki, Jessica, Baba and whatever else the other clones or genetically modified people are called. It all gets a bit wearing and I get to the point where I start to question if it's Heroes I'm really watching or if it's really an average episode of Days of Our Lives. I realise it's a sci-fi show and things are not always linear (what with the whole time travel thing added) but this season goes beyond the believable into the dumbest of story lines I have ever heard.

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Nov 4, 2008 3:32PM EST

Its about time this show ended and with Jeph Loeb leaving I'm sure the show will fall apart even sooner than I expected.

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Nov 4, 2008 4:29PM EST

I became so bored with Heroes that I stopped watching halfway through the 3rd or 4th episode this season. I don't bother watching it anymore. I was entranced by the first season- the mystery is gone. True Blood has my interest now; it still has mystery.

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Nov 5, 2008 12:32PM EST

I'm going to go against the flow and say that I'm still enjoying Heroes. Sure, there's a shift and perhaps a slowdown, but personally, I was bored to tears until at least 7 episodes in of Season 1. It picked up though, and I was delighted. Same happened in Season 2.
It's inevitable that once we know the old characters well, the writers have to be clever and that sometimes fails miserably (like with the reintroduction of Nikki's sister or the fact that the Petrelli's have a family tree that would put a Mexican soap to shame). But overall, this is the best sci-fi show I've seen in a while (beating out Eureka, Torchwood, etc. hands down).
Here's hoping it stays on.

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Nov 5, 2008 1:16PM EST

heroes has lost appeal after the first series, but only because "saving the future" as a storyline will only work once and maybe again about 3 seasons later.they need to get more personal with the characters, where each character has their own separate story not related to the other charcters, but occasionaly cross paths with other charcters. the niki jessica tracy storyline should not have happened, it is totally confusing and unneccessary, there was no need for niki to disappear and for tracy to be introduced.we need to get to know the characters more and see them having their own lives and own problems rather than them all trying to collectively save the world all the time! it just gets boring!!!heroes shouldnt be like prison break for example where one season has one main mission, prison break has one exceptional character so one storyline is enough and thats why it works really well for prison break, but heroes has loads of exceptional characters so they should have their own storylines.
and they should bring back ISAAC MENDES!!!!

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Nov 5, 2008 1:21PM EST

honestly i agree with uncommited. the first episodes of season one and two were so boring. people say season one was the best but it was only the final few epiosodes that made it wat it was. honestly i still love heroes and i think people should give it a chance before criticizing the show.I agree there are some stupid repetitive plot ideas like the heroes trying to cahnge the future all the time. but its still a good show.

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Nov 5, 2008 9:07PM EST

I don't see why everyone has to slate the program. People complain that top shows get canceled but its the constant whinging that the show isn't going the way that you wanted it to go that gets it canceled in the first place. I don't really understand that ppl will come on here and go out of their way to say "I haven't even watched this show since season 2, It should be canceled!".
I'm from the UK and shows rarely get canceled before their time. Then again we generally finish the show on a high at an early stage (eg. the office, faulty towers) so the storyline rarely has a chance to get stale. But how can Heroes be stale so quickly, I still think its great! I just think with so much on offer in America these days, you all get bored pretty damn quickly.
Granted, the whole Niki/Tracy thing is ridiculous, mainly as IMO the character was crap anyway and Yes, Peter and Hiro could fix absolutely everything just by stopping time. But would you wanna watch that show? "Peter and Hiro Stop Time" sounds like a pretty lame ass show to me. This is sci-fiction and stupid things happen. Deal with it!
I hope that these changes with writers works out and i still get to watch a damn good show. The phrase "If you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" comes to mind. If you don't like it, shut up and let the people who do like it continue to watch each week and hopefully for the seasons to come!

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