We could be Heroes - but probably not

I can still remember the excitement of watching the first few episodes of Heroes when they premiered in 2006.

It was the first television show I can remember that got everyone in my group of friends talking about it.

The cast was excellent and it introduced us to the fantastic talents of Zachary Quinto as epic bad guy Sylar.

"Save the cheerleader, save the world" was the catch cry. It should have been "Save some ideas for the second season".

The second season was... well, it was less entertaining than a Chuck Lorre comedy.

Within half a dozen episodes of the second season no-one I knew was still watching.

The cheekiness of Hiro Nakamura was gone and so with it went any semblance of control over where the show was going.

It went on for four seasons in total and I don't know anyone who suffered through until the end.

Which makes it surprising in the cut and thrust world of television that Heroes is to make a comeback.

Heroes Reborn is a 13-episode miniseries which will air on NBC in 2015 and, presumably, will make it over to us at some point.

Apparently the possibility that some of the show's original cast members making an appearance hasn't been ruled out.

Following on the footsteps of the reborn 24: Live Another Day, is television heading down the same route as cinema and just utilising old intellectual property?

Let's hope not.

It's ironic, then, that of the two new comedies I've seen this week one of them is a small screen adaption of a film.

About A Boy is based (loosely) on Nick Hornby's book which was made into a film in 2002 with Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult.

The first episode regurgitated the vague plotline of the film, but in its new setting of San Francisco.

It stars David Walton (Parenthood, New Girl), Minnie Driver (The Riches, Circle of Friends) and Benjamin Stockham as the eponymous boy.

And it was charming in a 'at least it's not Dads' kind of way. The relationship between man and boy was played beautifully and although Driver's character was too 'look at me, I'm a hippy' to be fleshed out much, it does give hope that this might work.

My only concern is, like many US television shows, it will fall back on a well-worn story of the week concept (kid gets into trouble, man gets him out while giving up his opportunity of scoring with beautiful women) - if it does, then it will get old quickly.

I hope the same can't be said for Growing Up Fisher, which stars JK Simmons (Spider-Man, Juno) as a blind attorney who's relationship with his son flounders a little when he gets a guide dog.

The first pilot was excellent, with Parker Posey playing Simmons' about-to-be-divorced wife to a tee. Unfortunately Posey left the show and was replaced in the first episode proper by Jenna Elfman.

But there was enough to hope that Simmons and Eli Baker, who plays his son, will be allowed to dominate and that this quirky show can be a big hit.

Oh, and it's narrated by Jason Bateman - that's a double nod to Arrested Development so I have big hopes for this show.

Finally for today I want to mention Harold Ramis.

While he was much better known for his film work, Ramis directed four episodes of The Office, one of the best comedies on television in its prime.

That included one of the best single episodes of the show, Beach Games, when Michael Scott thinks fire walking (amongst other things) is the best way to find his replacement.

Throw in National Lampoon's Animal House, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Caddyshack and you can see we've lost a unique talent.

He was a major part of my formative years and will be missed, whether you're a fan or not.