Josef Adalian of NY Mag’s Vulture blog is reporting that rather than renewing Heroes for a shortened fifth season, NBC will likely cancel it, although there is a chance NBC could air a TV movie to wrap the storyline for the fans:
For weeks, even in the face of Heroes’ bottom-dwelling ratings, conventional wisdom among TV-industry insiders has been that NBC was leaning heavily toward bringing back its once-mighty superhero series for a fifth and final thirteen-episode wrap-up season. But as NBC has become more confident in its slate of new shows, all indications are that our Heroes are dead.
However, NBC (which declined to comment for this story) is nothing if not appreciative of the few Heroes fans who still care about the saga and doesn’t want to leave them hanging. While a half-season appears to be out of the question, we hear there’s a good chance the network will at least try to find a way to fund a two- or four-hour movie event in order to give some finality to the franchise. Those discussions haven’t taken place yet, however, since NBC still hasn’t officially told Heroes creator Tim Kring his show is canceled.