The new NBC series Heroes Reborn, which will premiere on 24 September is a continuation of 2006 superhero drama Heroes, its creator has claimed. The 13-episode show will chronicle the lives of ordinary people, who discover that they possess extraordinary abilities.

NBC has released the synopsis for the show, which reads as follows:

"From original creator Tim Kring, the supernatural phenomenon begins again with a fresh crop of inspiring heroes who take on the ultimate struggle between those with extraordinary abilities and those with nefarious motives to hunt and harness their powers. Epic adventures await these newly empowered allies as they cross paths with some of the original characters, unlocking the mysterious fate of the universe and their place within it."

The show is set a year after a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, an incident that was blamed on "powered" individuals. Heroes Reborn will see super-humans being hunted by government forces, which leads them to live in hiding.

The cast of Heroes Reborn includes Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Masi Oka, Judith Shekoni, Robbie Kay, Henry Zebrowski, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan Guzman, Danika Yarosh, Toru Uchikado, Eve Harlow and Gatlin Green.

Meanwhile, showcreator Tim Kring has claimed that the series has not been written as Heroes season 5.

"No, I would actually say that it is season 10," Kring dished at the Television Critics Association. "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," he added.

Four season of Heroes were telecast from 2006 to 2010 and this year would mark the 10th season of the show and Kring said: "That's the whole idea... that's why we're saying it's season 10. In other words, even the loyal viewer has missed all of this. That's the point. You're somewhat on equal footing. That's exactly the point."

The showcreator also teased numerous "Easter eggs" and stressed that he wanted to honour the original series.

"The idea is that for the loyal viewer of the original series, we want to honor them and they are rewarded for having been loyal fans of the show by seeing all kinds of things inside the show that other people may not see. There are tons of Easter eggs, but it was really important to me and to the network," he said.

"It was never an argument. It just seemed like the obvious thing. We need to be able to say if you weren't a viewer of the show originally, you needed to have an on-ramp, he added.

Watch the three-minute official trailer of Heroes Reborn released by NBC.