Heroes is dead, but NBC picks up Batman-like Cape

NBC picked up the Batman-esque-sounding The Cape, along with three other series to round out its scripted series orders, and Chuck was officially renewed for a fourth season, the network announced today in a statement. The other series included the dramas Outlaw and Harry's Law and the comedy Friends With Benefits.

Meanwhile, news has broken that NBC has canceled the ailing superhero drama Heroes after four seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed blog. The news is hardly a surprise: The show has been limping along in the ratings for several seasons.

After ending its fourth season to terrible ratings, speculation had been going on for months as to whether Heroes would get a shot at one final season, or perhaps even a two-hour movie, to finish up its story.

Given the high cost of the show, the bottom-of-the-barrel ratings and the fact that Heroes hasn't been around to build any buzz, it spelled doom for the series.

With regard to its new shows, "the addition of these four inventive series to our new scripted lineup demonstrates a wide spectrum of creative stories," said NBC prime-time entertainment president Angela Bromstad in a statement. "We are featuring popular, top-flight stars along with a strong pedigree of successful writer-producers. Likewise, Chuck has proven its enduring appeal and we love the new creative direction that Josh and Chris have taken the show."

The Cape stars David Lyons and everybody's favorite TV terminator, Summer Glau. Here's the official description of the series:

The Cape is a one-hour drama series starring David Lyons (ER) as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, Life on Mars) and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, Flash Forward). Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes The Cape his son's favorite comic book superhero—and takes the law into his own hands. Rounding out the cast are James Frain (The Tudors) as billionaire Peter Fleming—The Cape's nemesis—who moonlights as the twisted killer: Chess; Keith David (Death at a Funeral) as Max Malini, the ringleader of a circus gang of bank robbers who mentors Vince Faraday and trains him to be The Cape; Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) as Orwell, an investigative blogger who wages war on crime and corruption in Palm City; and Dorian Missick (Six Degrees) as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and friend to Faraday.

The new shows join several already-announced series, including J.J. Abrams' Undercovers and the conspiracy thriller The Event.

NBC will officially announce its schedule on Monday, May 17.

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