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How to Ruin a Once Promising TV Series

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Yeah, Tim Kring we're talking to you.

When Heroes launched, we were very excited for some interesting, maybe even innovative TV from Hollywood. The premise of the show was simple: superheroes lived among us, and they're testing the limits of their powers, discovering they're not alone. We were introduced to the Petrelli brothers, the cheerleader, Parkman and Dr. Suresh, who were the sorta good guys. Back then we knew that the horned-rimmed glasses guy and Sylar were the bad guys. Easy to follow, right? And with all those characters, and about a dozen more, you'd surely get enough fodder for storylines and character arcs.

But noooooo. This season of Heroes has become lost (pun intended). And here are five simple steps the show took to become the blubbering mess it is. If other show runners want to take their show on the Heroes track, then follow Kring's footsteps:

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1. Have like a bajillion characters. Last night we were introduced to at least three new characters with superpowers: the puppetman, vortex guy and mind reader (old man Petrelli.) We may or may not see these characters ever again (see #2).

2. Introduce characters that will never really be used again. Remind us what happened to Nikki? (Not that we miss her that much.) Where's Noah Micah (her son) now? What's Parkman's shaman going to do once Parkman leave the desert? And did that Irish family get killed off last year? It was so long between seasons that we've forgotten.