A new era is about to begin for a popular science fiction television drama created by Allan Hancock graduate and Santa Maria native Tim Kring.

Tim Kring
Tim Kring

“Heroes Reborn” begins with a two-hour series premiere on Thursday, September 24, at 8 p.m. on NBC. Kring is the creator and executive producer of the series that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. The original series, “Heroes,” aired on NBC from 2006-2010.

“The show is a complete reboot of the original with the idea that the original existed,” said Kring during an interview with NBC. “A lot of the methodology form that show does factor into this. But we start five years from where we left off.”

The original series ended with Claire, the cheerleader played by Hayden Panettiere, going against the wishes of her father, Noah Bennett, played by Jack Coleman, to reveal the existence of people with special abilities to the world.

“When we come back five years after, sure enough, her father was right. The world has not accepted them. They are persecuted and hunted and exploited. Our show starts with that as the main premise,” said Kring.

The 13-episode series begins with people who have extraordinary abilities in hiding or on the run.

Kring, an Emmy Award nominee in 2007 for Outstanding Drama Series, also created the popular television shows “Crossing Jordan” that ran from 2001 to 2007, and “Touch” which featured Kiefer Sutherland and ran for two seasons. He also served as the executive producer of “Providence.”

Kring’s father, the late Ray Kring, was a legendary track and cross country coach at Hancock from 1968 to 1990. He led the Bulldogs to 16 conference titles and three state titles. Tim and his three siblings all competed at Hancock under their father’s tutelage.