Heroes is a serial drama scheduled to begin airing on the NBC network in the United States September 25th, 2006 and on both Global and CH networks in Canada in the fall of 2006. The premise deals with people all over the world abruptly discovering that they have superpowers. The show will follow how these changes affect their lives and the lives of those around them. Tim Kring is the series' creator and the pilot was directed by Dave Semel. This pilot leaked onto the internet in July 2006, having been ripped from a DVD screener. However, in late July 2006, NBC also announced plans to release the pilot as a free iTunes download. Heroes will be produced by NBC Universal/Tailwind. The show will air Mondays at 9pm/8c.

The drama tells the story of people who "thought they were like everyone else... until they woke with incredible abilities". A Japanese salaryman discovers that he can manipulate time and space. A struggling New York artist can paint the future but only whilst he is using heroin. A discontented police officer in Los Angeles can hear the thoughts of others. A high school cheerleader discovers she recovers from any injury and a single mom realizes she has "a powerful alter ego". The premise is that these people have a role in "saving humankind".

According to the NBC website, not only do the characters discover what having superpowers means to them, but also uncover a larger picture of the origin of their superpowers. The characters eventually become involved in each other's lives as they attempt to evade the series antagonist. The antagonist wishes to harness their "super DNA" for his own ends. Together, they must find a way to save the world.


* Hiro is at his office concentrating on his desk clock until it stops temporarily and then turns back one second.

* Claire is seen through a video camera and tells the person filming to watch what she does. She then runs up the stairs of a look out and falls down. The person filming runs toward her and watches her get up, pop her dislocated shoulder back into place and say "that was attempt number six."

* Claire goes through a burning building and firefighters are amazed to notice that she has absolutely no burns at all.

* Peter is on top of a building and jumps off. The screen then zooms through the city in mid air as he says "I think I can fly" in a voice over.

* Isaac finds out when looking through the newspaper with a friend that a painting he made three weeks ago matches the exact picture they see on the cover page and that the image was only made recently, as it was based on a current event.

* Matt is talking to a woman and tells her that he can hear peoples thoughts. She replies, and says that he is crazy and starts to walk away. Matt then grabs the woman's arm and pulls her up to him but she snatches away and he hears her think, "You're smothering me." He then walks away.

* Niki sees that her reflection does not match her expressions and has a devious look on its face. As Niki finds herself amongst what appear to murdered people, she see her blood covered alter ego in reflective surfaces making a hushing gesture, as if requesting Niki keep what she's found a secret.

On July 28, 2006, NBC announced that the Heroes television pilot episode, "Genesis", will be released in its entirety as a free download beginning on September 1st. The semi-complex cross-promotion starts with National CineMedia. NCM owned theatres such as AMC Theatres and Cinemark will offer moviegoers "co-branded cards" which give them a personal identification number to be be used at an iTunes fall season preview website. The website will provide the free pilot download and other features.

* For similar themes in comic book literature, see J. Michael Straczynski's limited series Rising Stars and Supreme Power, as well as New Universe's DP7/Displaced Paranormals 7. All three of these comic book series are about people who suddenly obtain incredible abilities; Supreme Power and Rising Stars also deal with how the rest of the world reacts to newly superpowered individuals, and the political consequences of the changes.

* The Wild Cards series of books deals with regular people trying to deal with inhuman (but not always superhuman) abilities.

* In film, M. Night Shyamalan's movie Unbreakable also treats the birth of a superhero as its subject matter.

* On television, "The 4400", details a universe in which 4400 people gain powers, although calling many of these people superheroes is debatable.

* Comic book writer Jeph Loeb (Superman/Batman) has signed on as a writer/co-executive producer.

* The paintings made by Isaac were created for the show by comic book artist Tim Sale. Sale is well known for his collaborations with writer Jeph Loeb.

* The pilot uses the track "Molossus" from the movie Batman Begins, which was composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard.

* There was a similar series on NBC in 1985 called Misfits of Science. That series only lasted for 16 episodes, and starred a very young Courtney Cox.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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