Report: Microsoft looking to bring 'Heroes' to Xbox as original content

Microsoft has been pushing to get the next Xbox into the TV space, but a new report out of Hollywood suggests the company is looking at bringing...

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Microsoft has been pushing to get the next Xbox into the TV space. It has been increasing the amount of TV apps it adds to the console, and recently sold Mediaroom to focus its entertainment efforts on the Xbox. But a new report out of Hollywood suggests the company is looking at bringing back an old TV show as original programming.

TVLine (via Polygon) cites sources that say Microsoft is in talks with NBC Universal to bring the defunct superhero show Heroes to the Xbox as an original show "with new stories and heroes, while mixing in cameos from the original series' cast (schedules and interest permitting)." It characterizes the talks as being "in the preliminary stages."

This comes on the heels of Microsoft's creation in February of Xbox Entertainment Studios in Los Angeles, headed by former CBS Entertainment boss Nancy Tellem. She recently said that the studio plans to invest in premium content, hoping to bring some of it to users before the end of 2013.

More content providers are entering original programing. Both Netflix and Hulu have recently crossed into producing original shows. Microsoft's Xbox TV has been among the consoles helping push those services onto television screens, so Microsoft pushing its own original content would put it in competition with some of its strategic partners.

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    April 17, 2013 3:30 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Report: Microsoft looking to bring 'Heroes' to Xbox as original content.

    Microsoft has been pushing to get the next Xbox into the TV space, but a new report out of Hollywood suggests the company is looking at bringing...

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      April 17, 2013 3:32 PM

      Heroes? like... the show? wasn't that show canceled? and wasn't it terrible at the end? what a baffling choice

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        April 17, 2013 3:36 PM

        The first season was really good and the second was decent but after that yea that series went down hill fast.

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          April 18, 2013 1:33 AM

          The show was a casualty of the writer's strike. When the show came back the drop in quality was almost immediate.

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      April 17, 2013 3:32 PM

      Good idea MS, bring back a show that completely went off the rails into shittown so everyone stopped watching and the ratings died. Yep, go after THAT show.

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        April 17, 2013 3:40 PM

        Well, it's likely they can't get the actors back so either they have to reboot which could have good potential with new people behind the wheel or they have to totally disregard what came before and run their own stories, which could have potential.

        That said, it's not like Heroes is original stuff. They could have just created their own franchise.

        Original content is a huge deal now because of all the options to license out. I would expect a lot more of this stuff from Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft and all the others. But it's also probably a bubble that will inevitably burst.

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        April 17, 2013 3:40 PM

        Eh, if they do like is reported and bring in a new cast and writers, it could be good. The first season was fantastic, imo. Second was ok. I thought the third season actually had a good premise but was executed like a train wreck. The fourth season was LOLbad in just about every respect.

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      April 17, 2013 3:43 PM

      If they brought back Firefly instead some people might actually care.

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        April 17, 2013 4:11 PM

        it would have to be without joss whedon so...

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      April 17, 2013 3:53 PM

      Bring back 1vs100!!!

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      April 17, 2013 4:03 PM

      So my Xbox might finally have something worse than Kinnect Syar Wars on it.

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        April 17, 2013 4:04 PM

        Just pretend that whole last part was typed correctly. Save the typo, save the post.

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          April 17, 2013 7:47 PM

          Why not just abuse your power? All the other mods do.

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          April 18, 2013 3:52 AM

          Still a typo, but Kinect Syria Wars would be better. Maybe a little too soon though.

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      April 17, 2013 4:08 PM

      hahaha

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      April 17, 2013 4:09 PM

      How can we charge everyone more?

      I know we can have our own Netflix type thing and charge a monthly fee for that on top of the basic Xbox live service!! We're going to milk the hell out of the next generation console buyers!!!!

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      April 17, 2013 4:10 PM

      It sounds like they're finally going to do what they had originally planned to do with the series, which was to have each season be a stand-alone set of origin stories. The downfall of the series was that the first set of characters were so popular that they never moved on from them and just rewrote their personalities to fit a weak story that changed from week to week.

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        April 17, 2013 7:59 PM

        Yeah, if they had changed the characters out every season it may have been much better. I was tired of seeing Claire bitch and moan after the first season, much less the fourth. Peter was artificially nerfed for who the fuck knows what reason, since Sylar could still do whatever the hell he wanted. The other people were mostly just dumb.

        The only new characters I liked were the Ice lady in S3 and 4, and the deaf lady in the 4th season. I liked Ice lady because she was sexy (Ali Larter, UNF), and the deaf lady just had a really cool ability. The story sucked nuts after S2.

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      April 17, 2013 4:41 PM

      Wow. Some big shot exec gets paid six-figures to think up of this shit?

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      April 17, 2013 6:05 PM

      Bring back TV worth saving-- like Lost!

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      April 17, 2013 7:29 PM

      The most interesting part of Heroes, imo, was seeing Hiro (sp?) in the past (/present) being a shy guy, and seeing the future version of him being all badass, then slowly seeing him get there. After the first season, they revisited that arc every now and then, but nothing really happened. Just a bunch of random sitcom-style non-events.

      Luckily, Continuum seems to be sort of along those lines in many ways, involving time travel, knowing snippets of the future, and seeing how the present evolves to get there. Hopefully its second season is as good as the first.

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        April 18, 2013 4:12 AM

        Yup, there was so much promise, but we never saw the promised journey to badass Hiro. Man they fucked up that show.

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      April 17, 2013 7:30 PM

      ..and it will require Xbox Live, so you can forget about me watching it.

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      April 17, 2013 7:44 PM

      No more heroes, please.

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      April 18, 2013 1:38 AM

      Season one of that show was so good. Shame the rest of it was so unspeakably shit.

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      April 18, 2013 4:57 AM

      If this happens, please do this:

      Start the show at the end of Season 1 with the Sylar/Peter fight..I figure Quinto doesn't wanna return to Heroes, so there's the perfect chance to have Sylar die right there in Kirby Plaza. Then go right into "Season 2a" and keep moving forward.

      Keep Season 1, treat the NBC seasons 2-4 as alternate continuity (which was shit), and run with it however they want (personally I like the idea of going back to the "a different cast each season with occasional returning characters rather than The Amazing Petrelli Family).

      Let NBC season 2-4 be like the "Snake's Revenge" to Xbox Season 2a's "Metal Gear 2"; an alternate continuation that ultimately is discarded for something better. And then we can never talk about Peter's amazing vanishing Irish girlfriend ever again.

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      April 18, 2013 10:37 AM

      HEY EVERYONE'S STARTING TO MAKE GREAT ORIGINAL CONTENT LET'S BRING BACK HEROES

      Idiots.

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