By the time the most important show on NBC's prime-time schedule, "Heroes," returns to the air on Sept. 22, it will have been out of sight for nine long months. Its creator, Tim Kring, can only hope that it has not been out of mind for some of the most passionate fans in television.
"A little absence can really be a benefit," Mr. Kring said, citing other "eventlike shows" like "The Sopranos" that have rebounded from long gaps between seasons. In the intervening months, he said, viewers "have seen a lot of stuff on TV that wasn't of the quality of 'Heroes.' I think they'll be raring to go.
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