To be fair, this one had been coming. Ever since its first season, Heroes has struggled to get back to anywhere near the same standard, and when season four petered to an end earlier this year, most assumed it was done.
For NBC, the high production costs and the dwindling ratings were clearly major factors. Yet nonetheless, just as ABC did with FlashForward, it toyed with the idea of a shortened new season order, in this case to round things off. As late as yesterday, there were plans for a one-off finale to tie-up threads being reported.
But today: the plug has been pulled. NBC is not making Heroes any more, and the show will not be getting a fifth season. Nor, it seems, a one-off special.
Sadly, we can't say we're surprised, as we weren't expecting it to even get a season four order. But just as with the also-canceled FlashForward we can't help thinking that there was a missed opportunity here. In the case of Heroes, the strength of season one left us salivating for anything close to that standard again, but we never really got it.