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NBC is to resurrect sci-fi drama Heroes, with a new mini-series set to air on US TV in 2015.

The show - which starred the likes Zachary Quinto, Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia - received rave reviews upon its launch in 2006.

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It chronicled the life-changing stories of a series of unrelated ordinary people, who discovered they had superhuman abilities.

As their lives intertwined, the characters learned they were part of a grand plan to change the world.

'Heroes' became the highest-rated new NBC drama in five years, averaging 14.5 million viewers in the US during its apocalyptic-themed season one.

It was nominated for a Golden Globe in its first year of eligibility for Best Drama Series and - on the back of huge popularity in the UK - won the BAFTA Award for Best International Series.

However, the second season was badly interrupted by the Hollywood writers' strikes, and the show gradually saw its audience share - and creative impact - ebb away.

Ultimately, 'Heroes' was cancelled after four seasons and 77 episodes in 2010.

Yet loyal fans of the show have been calling for a revival for some time, and NBC has now confirmed that 13 new episodes have been commissioned with a new stand-alone story arc.

This series will be broadcast as 'Heroes Reborn' - much in the same way that Fox smash-hit '24'- which also ended in 2010 - is returning in the guise of '24: Live Another Day'.

All details of 'Heroes Reborn' storylines and characters are being kept under wraps, but it is thought some original cast members may return.

The good news for fans of the original show is that creator and executive producer Tim Kring will once again be at the helm.

NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said the "enormous impact" 'Heroes' had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was "eye-opening".

"Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often and we thought it was time for another instalment," she stated.

"We’re thrilled that visionary creator Tim Kring was as excited about jumping back into this show as we were, and we look forward to all the new textures and layers Tim plans to add to his original concept."

Ahead of the 'Heroes Reborn' premiere in 2015, NBC is to launch a digital series that will introduce the new characters and storylines.

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