Good news: Heroes completed filming on its abysmal fourth season this week.
Bad news: Star Greg Grunberg says complete confidence that the show will return for a fifth season.
"[The season finale] is nowhere near a series finale, he said at the People's Choice Awards. It is cliffhanger-y and exciting, but it is nowhere near an end to a series that people are so invested in. It does not tie everything up in a neat bow... I don't have any doubt that the show will be back.''
Grunberg, of course, has no actual say in whether or not the series returns. Nor does anyone that runs Heroes.
Of course the show wouldn't air a series-concluding episode without word from NBC that it was giving Heroes the ax.
The actor is correct, however, when he cites strong DVD sales and international popularity as two reasons the drama might go on. He's also incredibly off-base when comparing Heroes to another, truly successful, iconic program:
Lost announced an end [date] and I think that helped both the people working on the show and the people watching it. They see the finish line and I think it gives them something tangible to invest in and be excited about. It's like it's a movie and they want to see the end of it. That's what I hope happens with our show.
In conclusion, based on the way NBC has bumbled the Jay Leno/Conan O'Brien situation - and based on the fact that it clearly has no idea how to run a contending network - anything is possible.
But even long-time fans and posters in our Heroes forum appear sick of this season and hesitant to trust Tim Kring to write a new one. Where do you stand?