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It was only a matter of time before fan and reviewer trashing of the third season of Heroes led to changes in the show.  The first casualties of the shakeup find co-executive producers Jesse Alexander and Jeph Loeb being shown the exit.

It’s understood that Alexander and Loeb were let go because of Peacock execs’ frustration with the creative direction of the show. The show is also said to have been grappling with hefty budget overruns this season, that are going well beyond its already sizable $4 million per-seg pricetag.

I can’t say that I’m not surprised, but I axing two-thirds of the team that understood how hero stories should be told is a bit odd.  Expect the rest of the season to feature more teen oriented melodrama and sappy love stories before the show is axed in May.

via Variety

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9 Comments

  1. matt
    November 3, 2008 at 8:18 am — Reply

    “Expect the rest of the season to feature more teen oriented melodrama and sappy love stories before the show is axed in May.” I hope not I mean this isn’t the CW but I guess I wouldn’t be surprised. I honestly stopped watching heroes after the end of the first episode when a very dead villain just shows up out of the blue. That was the end for me, and judging from the reviews since I’m not missing much.

  2. Lifeisaglitch
    November 3, 2008 at 8:32 am — Reply

    @Matt he is still dead…Nathan was mind raped by a telepath…

    The teen melodrama has been cut down drastically and so far there has been none of this so called sappy love stuf what so ever.

    Personally i just think it got “cool” to hate on heroes after season 2….

  3. November 3, 2008 at 10:23 am — Reply

    @ Lifeisaglitch

    I think it’s become to “cool” to hate on Jeph Loeb in general. He’s reaching Bendis levels, in that his work is not being read to be enjoyed, but to find continuity errors to exploit on the intarwebs. It’s that small fraction of fanboy that gives the rest of us a bad name.

  4. Cory
    November 3, 2008 at 10:26 am — Reply

    Heroes was doomed once the season 1 finale failed to live up to the build-up of the whole season. Season 2 was pure crap.

    I think the problem was in not hiring the right people. There were plenty of Buffy writers who would have made great additions to the staff of Heroes. But no. They could have brought on Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, Mark Millar, Geoff Johns etc as creative consultants. But no – they chose one of the WORST WRITERS in comics history as their primary consultant – Jeph Loeb.

    Heroes is doomed. Good riddance.

  5. matt
    November 3, 2008 at 10:40 am — Reply

    I personally enjoyed the season 1 finale of heroes and it left me wanting more. But since then its just kinda Meh. I really like the Irish gal who’s name I can’t remember but when she was lost for no real reason other than to get Peter alone with Adam. Because other than screaming a bit he really didn’t seem to mind losing her. I just not sure where the show is going anymore and a show without direction is hard to seal as a drama after the first season. My plan is to catch up with Season 3 when it comes out on DVD is expect that if Heroes can get their budget under control DVD sales might be enough to keep the show alive…works for the Simpson’s.

  6. November 3, 2008 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    HEROES has been fail from the start. I don’t consider Loeb to be the end of all of writers … but I did expect more from him once I saw his name attached to the project. I tried to watch the first season to give it an honest shake, but I found it to be too derivative. And the second season WOW did that just suck terribly. The plot moved too slowly, the cast got too big, and the characters were bland.

  7. November 3, 2008 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    And while I’m at it … Loeb’s take on the Hulk (or should I saw RULK) and the Ultimates is absolute garbage. What the fuck are the editors doing over at Marvel? They put Pak off of Hulk for this guy? Fuck you Joe Q

  8. Randallw
    November 3, 2008 at 5:05 pm — Reply

    While I watched it last week it occurred to me that it was quite average nowadays, maybe it always was but I only just realised, what with Peter turning evil, Sylar turning good, Mohinder ripping off The Other. It’s like a by the book x-men series, but what keeps me watching I think is that at least it’s an x-men series on tv.

  9. Julian
    November 3, 2008 at 7:26 pm — Reply

    Season 1 was the only good, awesome, epic and other positive words. Then afterwards, they got greedy and been milking what season 1 should have been left alone. Im wont be suprise if Heroes get cancelled. Season 1 was epic enough to end the entire series with satisfaction.

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