Seven to fast-track Heroes Reborn, The Player, Quantico.


Good news from Seven today with confirmation it will fast-track three new shows: Heroes Reborn, The Player and Quantico.

All three are expected to debut in the US between September 24- 27.

Seven’s Director of Network Programming Angus Ross said: “Seven has the pick of the new US dramas and we want to bring them to our viewers as quickly as possible.”

Heroes Reborn
The groundbreaking series Heroes is being reborn in an epic 13-episode event series which will be fast tracked to Seven later this year along with two new action-thrillers. From Creator/Executive Producer Tim Kring, who imagined the original, critically acclaimed, breakout series Heroes, comes Heroes Reborn – a 13-episode event series that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities.

A fresh crop of inspiring heroes take on the ultimate struggle between those with extraordinary abilities and those with nefarious motives to hunt and harness their powers. Epic adventures await these newly empowered allies as they cross paths with some of the original heroes and uncover their destinies as the potential saviours of mankind.

The Heroes Reborn cast features Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Ryan Guzman (The Boy Next Door), alongside heroes of the past including Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis). Jack Coleman reprises his role as Noah Bennet aka H.R.G.

The Player
Wesley Snipes (Blade) and Philip Winchester (Strike Back) star in this action- packed Las Vegas thriller about a former military operative turned security expert who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organisation of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. From the Executive Producer of The Blacklist.

In this edge-of-your-seat, sexy thriller, a diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11. Smash showrunner Josh Safran writes and executive produces with Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds) and Nick Pepper.


  1. Nothing stopping the networks from airing fast tracked shows same day on Friday nights – alot of us do actually watch TV on Friday nights – not just the footy either. If fast tracking was supposed to stop downloaders then they would air Friday night, then replay the next week if need be. In all seriousness, serial downloaders won’t wait even a few days – they’ll be downloading and watching Friday night – just like hard core fans of Under The Dome are probably doing now (well at least those who haven’t let it go yet!)

  2. Strategy Plan for Seven/Nine/Ten network.

    1. Press release and announce new US shows as ‘fast tracked’.
    2. Spend significant $$ acquiring new US dramas/genre/action television shows
    3. Say nothing for 3 months
    4. Start fast tracking shows with almost no lead-up or promotion at all.
    5. Schedule a new big shiny floor dancing cooking dating singing reality show
    6. Citing poor ratings pull show for 2 weeks
    6. Reschedule the US scripted material with monkeys tossing darts at weekly schedule after 10pm
    7. Yank the US scripted shows from schedule completely
    8. Say nothing for 3-6 months
    9. Dump US scripted shows on multi-channels using method 6.
    10. When latest shiny floor show fails return to main channel without any announcement and start to burn it all off after midnight.
    10. Repeat steps 3-10 until sold to Pay TV or show gets cancelled in the US.

    • The will promote the shows for months with “On Seven” then “Coming Soon” and finally with the timeslot at the beginning and end of every ad break and with popups all over the top of whatever you are trying to watch on Seven.

      Which will make no difference to the shows getting dumped and burnt off later.

    • Michael Young

      Brilliantly said! Programmers are a disgrace and need to get out of our way so we can watch what we want! They destroy the chances of success for their own shows every year and no-one stops them or comes up with a decent plan to give the shows a chance of success.

  3. Seven has picks of NBC and ABC shows (presumably minimum buys) and is risking going early rather than waiting to see what gets picked up and looks like being renewed. Fast-tracking shows in October, especially new ones, has been proven to reduce the audience. On the plus side since Nine has given up on new US dramas completely, they won’t have any new shows to hype against them.

    Heroes Reborn and The Player are on Thursdays in the US, so can’t be shown within 48 hours on the weekend, that would be suicidal. And what’s the point of following the US with the production breaks, special events, holidays and sports a couple of weeks behind is fine because you catch up by the end of the block of episodes anyway? And as long as the season final is shown by the end of May does it matter?

    Fast-tracking is whatever the networks say it is. Shows used to appear 6 months later in March to…

    • In response to your comment
      “And as long as the season final is shown by the end of May does it matter?
      It does matter. Because if you have any sort of internet presence some spoilers just can’t be avoided.

  4. It will probably go the same ways as The Blacklist, show eight eps take it off for six months. Nah we’ve got enough stored away to do without commercial telly. we can and will wait for the DVD. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Sadly they bring it upon themselves

  5. Perhaps the second Season of How to get away with Murder will get a better showing and be fast tracked (only joking I do not expect this)!
    Sadly those shows do not appeal to me, so drama is still pretty light on.
    Thanks for the update David

  6. The thing that gets me about Seven fast-tracking a show like Heroes Reborn that gets me is: do Seven believe this show has a chance of succeeding or is it done to fill a hole in their schedule for a short term.

  7. After Seven’s recent poor treatment of high rating shows like The Blacklist, I have absolutely no confidence in watching these shows on FTA.

  8. Meanwhile they still havn’t shown Agent Carter, the second season of Mistresses (US) and last year about this time they aired season one of Bates Motel. Season two is still nowhere in sight.

  9. Unexpected news from the network that still hasn’t played season 4 of Once Upon A Time!

    All three series sound good, so I’m looking forward to watching them. I hope fasttracking pays off for Seven so all networks are encouraged to do this more often.

  10. Good to hear, but will they hold the episodes over Dec\Jan? Hopefully they play them in the same week as the US, ratings season or non rating season.

  11. So a nice headline 7 that’s very light on details. How soon will it be fasttracked after airing in the US? Will they have a consistant date and time? Will the shows be buried late at night? Will the show disappear for a week for no good reason? Will you keep treating your drama viewers like crap?
    Greys Anatomy premiers the same week as these shows in the US? Will this be fast tracked or will it like previous season be held off for months, burned in double episodes, taken off for week here or there for no good reason and be buried so late at night that sometimes it doesn’t finish past midnight?
    Gee 7 your headlines don’t look so great when you try to find the detail and take past experience into account.

    • I would not expect a network to reveal precise TX details this far out, especially where they are subject to US broadcast plans. Most people view fast-track as within about 48 hrs of US. I don’t think Greys warrants the same focus after so many seasons. Seven will know Heroes Reborn is subject to illegal piracy hence the smarts to move on it.

      • I don’t assume fast tracking is 48hrs. Eg. Latest season of 24 was shown on ten a week after airing in the US and that was promoted as fastracking. Networks will manipulate terms how it suits them. Any show that has an audience is subject to piracy for whatever reason and I don’t think heroes reborn should be singled out. I recall the tvtonight 2015 US network upfront articles having a broadcast schedule for say CBS included so 7 surely has an idea what their broadcast schedules may be. If its good enough for the US why isn’t it good enough here. Also when I said 7 will play around with these shows and others I obviously wasn’t including times when their wasn’t an episode available from the US to air. Please refer back to these comments when 7 plays around with these shows or any drama on their schedule because it will happen. I don’t want to be negative but past experience has…

        • I did indicate most people view fast-tracking at around 48 hours, but the term is indeed flexible, hence why our definition of it changing all the time. Others have argued “airing before next US episode,” too. Each network will use the term as they deem fit. Seven does indeed have “an idea” of when these shows will premiere hence being able to commit to a fast-tracking. If you are expecting TX details now then you are misreading the value of programming information as commercial in confidence. I get that Seven has been imperfect with programming US shows, but there is usually room to look on the bright side.

          • Good Debate.:)
            Why is it seen as commercial confidence in Australia to hide premier dates/times for shows but in the USA everyone knows about it months in advance? This is probably a rhetorical question anyway.
            I guess I need cold hard evidence before I can look on the bright side.

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