The nets are announcing their fall schedules this week, and although we still don’t know for sure about VERONICA MARS (although it looks bad), we do know that HEROES is the show everyone is imitating, and it even get s a six episode spin-off mini-series, just like in the comics.
Perhaps the biggest news from NBC was the announcement that it would, in effect, spin off “Heroes” into a second series called “Heroes: Origins,” a limited-run, six-episode drama that will introduce a new character each week and incorporate an online element that will allow “Heroes” fans to vote on which of the six new characters on “Origins” will be added to the original series. As a breakout freshman hit, “Heroes” has reshaped NBC’s thinking in several ways. By increasing the number of episodes to 24 this season, and adding six episodes of “Heroes: Origins” to the schedule next year, NBC gets 30 total episodes and makes a significant attempt to keep viewers from scattering during the inevitable rerun period. (“Origins” will air on Monday nights when “Heroes” takes a break.)
THE BIONIC WOMAN is also coming back but frankly, we were much more excited to hear that there will be a US edition of The IT Crowd:
David Guarascio and Moses Port (Joe’s brother) will serve as executive producers on The IT Crowd. The original British series centers on three IT workers who are generally despised by the rest of the workers at Reynholm Industries in London and yet are crucial to keeping the company running smoothly. The Channel 4 series was quite a success across the pond, so naturally NBC wants to try and duplicate that success here.
The hopeful news is that Richard Ayoade will reprise his role as Moss in the US version. (We’ve been fans since GARTH MARENGHI”s DARKPLACE.) Of course it won’t be as funny as the UK one, but we’re sure Ayoade’s Asperger’s-impaired IT guy will strike a chord with anyone who has ever struggled to find the new archives for their Outlook.