If you couldn’t figure out why many of the original ‘Heroes’ weren’t returning for ‘Heroes Reborn‘ you’ll be happy to know that we’ve got some answers for you. While the 13 episode revival will feature Jack Coleman, Masi Oka, Sendhil Ramamurthy , Jimmy Jean-Louis, Greg Grunberg, and Christine Rose, there are still many fan favorites who won’t be returning. Of course the very nature of the series allows for characters to come and go which is why newcomers Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay, Danika Yarosh, Judith Shekoni, Kiki Sukezane, Henry Zebrowski, and Gatlin Green all were able to join the cast.

We’ve been finding out a ton of news from the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour and thanks to Executive Producer Tim King the absence of some of the original ensemble is clarified.

“Some of the people, some of the actors, did not have the availability because they were involved in other things. The story was really the thing that dictated who would come back. The show was always designed to be very elastic in its premise. I always saw it as a show that could repopulate itself. I wanted to make it something that was easy for brand new viewers to watch. For them, caring about new characters is just as important as having former cast in the show.”

So some were asked back and weren’t able to or interested and others that aren’t returning just didn’t have a place with where they wanted to go when the series returns.

Speaking of returning the show has been off the air for awhile and we know that a year prior to the events we’ll be witnessing a terrorist attack hits Odessa, Texas which causes everyone with super powers to go into hiding.

This attack is actually going to be why we don’t see Hayden Panettiere reprising her role:

“In the real world of the story, [her character Claire Bennet] died a year prior to our story starting. That gets into some of the mythology that’s attached to the original show.”

Good setup as to not only why she won’t be returning by why H.R.G. is going to be so important when the series returns.

What are your thoughts on ‘Heroes Reborn’ coming back to TV? Is the trend of revisiting shows such as this, ‘The X-Files‘, and ‘Twin Peaks‘ a good one or just the latest extension of Hollywood’s problem with doing remakes of existing properties?

‘Heroes Reborn’ is set to premiere on NBC on Thursday September 24th at 8pm ET

Source: Entertainment Weekly