Zachary Levi Only Signed On For One Season Of Heroes Reborn

Although Heroes Reborn is bringing back a few people from Heroes, much of the main cast is comprised of new players. One of these people is Zachary Levi’s Luke Collins, a man who is traveling across the U.S. with his wife Joanne. Currently Heroes Reborn is being labeled as a 13-episode event series, meaning that NBC is tentatively looking at this as a one-time thing. However, should the show be renewed for a second season, we may not see Levi in the next installment.

At a recent press event (via Screen Rant), Levi was asked about the future of Heroes Reborn, but he made it clear that as of now he’s not involved with any of those discussions. The actor said:

I’m sure there’s conversations going on with the powers that be about if, in success, they want to do more seasons. That’s above my pay grade. As far as I know, I’m just doing one right now.

While Heroes was hugely successful during its first season, the following three seasons were less well-received, to the point that many didn’t even care when the show was cancelled following Season 4. Although NBC felt that there was enough nostalgia left over for the original series to make this miniseries, there’s still no guarantee Heroes Reborn will be successful, so it makes sense that Levi’s only signed one for the event series thus far. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if all the main cast members only signed one-year deals. Once more reviews and viewership numbers start trickling in, that’s when the network should start discussing if the Heroes revival has a future beyond the 2015-2016 TV season.

Aside from the information mentioned earlier and the snippets of him we’ve seen in previews, we know little of what to expect from Luke Collins in Heroes Reborn. He’s being painted as one of the “bad guys,” but it remains to be seen how exactly he and Joanne’s path will intersect with the other main characters. Like fellow non-powered human Noah Bennett, Luke may prove to be resourceful enough to make it through these events alive, and Levi will subsequently extend his deal. On the other hand, perhaps Levi is being purposefully cagey, and Luke is getting killed off before the miniseries concludes, though in a show full of flashbacks and people that can travel through time (I’m looking at you, Hiro Nakamura), it's hard to believe someone could truly be gone forever.

Heroes Reborn premieres this Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. If you haven’t already, make sure to read our review of the first two episodes to get a sense of what’s to come.

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