What makes a hero? Adoring fans? Billions of dollars to spend on nifty gadgets and weapons? A cape? According to NBC, none of the above. It's been five years since "Heroes" wrapped up its fourth season, but due to an overwhelming amount of support from fans and actors alike, the capeless crusaders will make their return in the form of a 13-part miniseries, aptly titled "Heroes Reborn." The series premiere airs Thursday, Sept. 24, on NBC.

A lot can change in five years. Reboots aside, it's rare to see a television show attempt to pick up where it last left off a few years down the road, let alone five. Five seems to be the magic number, which is something "Heroes" and "Heroes Reborn" creator Tim Kring recently explained to the Television Critics Association.

"I would actually say that it is season 10," he said during an NBC party for the TCA. "I know that sounds a little provocative, but the point is, one of the things that we talked about at the very beginning in the writers room was how we wanted every single bit of the mythology to feel as though there was a continuum from the show, and the show picks up five years later. So, ergo, it would be five seasons later and this would be season 10. That was the thinking."

"Heroes" originally ran for four seasons on NBC from 2006 to 2010 and gained a loyal following, but new fans to the series need not worry. The reboot serves as an ode to the loyal viewer but also as an open-arm gesture to new fans.

One new addition to "Heroes Reborn" is a man who is no stranger to the "Heroes" universe, though he never appeared in the original show. Zachary Levi, the star of NBC action-comedy series "Chuck," enters "Reborn" as Luke, a man whose sole purpose is to avenge the death of his daughter by any means necessary. After years of "Chuck" airing on the same nights as "Heroes," Levi is seeing his prayers answered.

"We were on Monday nights together," Levi told "Entertainment Weekly." "We had a lot of press tie-in things and I met all the cast [of 'Heroes'] and became friends with them. I was always looking from the outside in going: 'Man, wouldn't that be so cool to be on that show.' ... So when somebody sent me an article saying they're going to do a 'Heroes Reborn' miniseries, I was like: 'Sign me up!'"

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