NBC’s Heroes underwent a creative shakeup Sunday with the firing of co-executive producers Jeph Loeb and Jesse Alexander.
Variety reports the two writer-producers were axed because of the network’s frustration with the direction of the three-year-old series, which has taken a pounding this season from fans and critics.
The show is averaging 9 million-plus viewers, down from 11.6 million last season. According to the trade paper, Heroes also has been grappling with overruns that far exceed the $4 million-per-episode budget.
Alexander was a co-executive producer of Lost and Alias before joining Heroes. Loeb, of course, is best known for his comics work such as Batman: The Long Halloween and A Superman for All Seasons, and as a producer of Smallville.