Heroes has stumbled on yet another roadblock. Bryan Fuller, the man who was supposed to save the troubled series, has decided to leave the NBC show once again, consequently vacating his post as consulting producer.
Based on past interviews, Fuller seemed very upbeat about the upcoming fourth season of Heroes. So why did he quit just a few months after he returned to the show with much fanfare? Evidently, Fuller’s departure has to do with time constraints and his upcoming projects, and not due to any creative differences with Heroes creator Tim Kring— as some have speculated.
“Development was really starting to heat up, and it appears like I may be writing multiple pilots for NBC so that wasn’t leaving a ton of room for Heroes, unfortunately,” Fuller told Ain’t It Cool News. “We crafted some really great arcs for the season that I’m excited to see come to fruition. I love that cast dearly and am sad to go, but the plate — she was over-flowing.”
Fuller, who is credited for Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has worked on some of the best Heroes episodes, including “Company Man” and “Cold Snap.” He left the show towards the end of its first season to create Pushing Daisies and then returned to Heroes as a consulting producer near the end of last season after ABC canceled Pushing Daisies.
“I just really wanted to get everything back to a character base,'” Fuller said back in April of the changes he wanted to implement as Heroes heads to season 4. “I think character was shoved aside for plot.”
According to a source familiar with the situation, Fuller, who has a two year deal with Universal Media Studios, will work full-time on developing other projects of his own for UMS.
Though this spells disaster for Heroes fans, Fuller creating from scratch will surely provide viewers with more quality programs to choose from on NBC’s slate.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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