was just getting the hang of Heroes
when the WGA strike erupted last November, but even with the walkout now over, the actress' future with the show remains uncertain.
According to TV Guide
's Michael Ausiello, Bell is not signed on to Heroes
' new season. On the other hand, sources confirmed that the show is currently in active discussions with the actress to return for an arc during season 3, production of which is tentatively scheduled to begin on May 1, two months ahead of schedule. The earlier date means that the show could have about 10-13 episodes completed when it airs again in September.
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, Kristen Bell, most known as witty P.I. Veronica Mars
on the eponymous hit series, plays Elle Bishop, a mentally unstable agent of The Company who has the power to generate and manipulate electricity. Introduced as an antagonist, Bell's Elle kills without remorse in her first appearance on the show, and has become somewhat of a foil to Claire Bennett, played by Hayden Panettiere
. She was last seen on the show's final pre-strike episode and, incidentally, second season finale, "Powerless," which aired on December 3.
While waiting for official news regarding Kristen Bell's future with Heroes
and the show's third season premiere, fans can pass the time watching the series' new music videos and listening to its first soundtrack. On February 29, NBC released the first of five music videos online. The video, featuring Nada Surf's “Weightless,” is available for free on Zune Marketplace and MSN. The album, which also features tracks from Bob Dylan, Wilco, David Bowie, The Chemical Brothers and Wendy & Lisa, will be released exclusively through Best Buy stores and available for downloading at Zune or other online outlets on March 18.
Fans can also check out the show's official website on NBC.com, where a web magazine can be viewed for free, and the upcoming third issue of the show's print magazine under Titan Magazines.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Guide
(Image Courtesy of NBC)