Click to viewHeads are rolling over at NBC's super-powered mutant series Heroes — and it's no wonder. Just about every critic has taken aim at the storyline gridlock this season, including a stinging critique on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. It was only a matter of time until NBC started trimming the fat, but can this drastic move save Heroes?According to the trades both executive producers/writers Jeph Loeb and Jesse Alexander were fired due to:
The 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.
While it's sad to see Loeb (the only writer with any comic-book cred) exit the NBC doors, I have to say this was probably for the best. Let us not forget the creative direction Sylar (the once bad ass villain has taken), the many tacked-on characters and the bazillion ho-hum plot lines. Now who should they get to replace them, besides all the J.J. Abrams people who are busy writing Lost, Fringe and StarTrek 2? (Just guessing on that last one). Actually, I think Steven S. DeKnight (Buffy, Angel, Smallville) is available, having just left the staff of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. [Variety]