Articles for Heroes Reborn Season 1

Coming into the Fall season, NBC was confident in its new Monday night schedule, which boasted their two most heralded new shows. NBC was extremely confident in Heroes and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Both shows had received critical acclaim, and NBC decided to promote them accordingly. With Heroes at 9PM and Studio 60 at 10PM, NBC was looking to make some long-overdue waves on Monday night. Now, over a month into the new season, the results have been lukewarm. Heroes has become one of the breakout hits of the new season, and was the first new show to get a full season guaranteed. If anything, Heroes has exceeded the already high expectations placed upon them by NBC. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is a whole other story. Read more »
Yahoo and NBC must be taking lessons from ABC when it comes to previews, revealing the high-points hoping that viewers will tune in for the minutia. None-the-less, hardcore Heroes fans (and I hear there are a LOT of them) might detect a quickening of the pulse upon taking in this scene from tonight‘s episode of Heroes: Read more »
After months of comparing the two shows, it looks like there may be a definitive answer to the question of which is better: LOST or Heroes? Both shows have been nominated for Best Televised Drama Golden Globe by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Read on for our prediction on who will win... Read more »
NBC‘s Official Take on their New Drama:"The epic drama "Heroes" chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. As a total eclipse casts it shadow across the globe, viewers follow a genetics professor (Sendhil Ramamurthy, "Blind Guy Driving") in India whose father‘s disappearance leads him to uncover a secret theory -- there are people with super powers living among us. A young dreamer (Milo Ventimiglia, "The Bedford Diaries") tries to convince his politician brother (Adrian Pasdar, "Judging Amy") that he can fly. A high school cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere, "Ice Princess") learns that she is totally indestructible. A Las Vegas stripper (Ali Larter, "Final Destination"), struggling to make ends meet to support her young son (Noah Gray-Cabey, "My Wife & Kids"), uncovers that her mirror image has a secret. A prison inmate (Leonard Roberts, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") mysteriously finds himself waking up outside of his cell. A gifted artist (Santiago Cabrera, "Empire"), whose drug addiction is destroying his life and the relationship with his girlfriend (Tawny Cypress, "Third Watch"), can paint the future. A down-on-his-luck beat cop (Greg Grunberg, "Alias") can hear people‘s thoughts, including the secrets of a captured terrorist. In Japan, a young man (Masi Oka, "Scrubs") develops a way to stop time through sheer will power. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world." Early Buzz:HEROES, as a result of the pilot leaking online, has been the focus of much talk on the internet, both good and bad. With HEROES intriguing premise and attractive cast the show was poised to get some attention. However, with so many bloggers seeing the pilot months before it‘s premiere date, the buzz has taken a life of its own.Those who enjoyed the pilot seem to focus on the premise: seemingly overnight, ordinary people wake up with extraordinary superpowers and are mysteriously drawn to each other. The HEROES pilot has also been almost universally praised for it‘s adept production values and direction. Also, you can‘t go wrong with this cast:Milo Ventimiglia: Jess on "Gilmore Girls".Ali Larter: Whip Cream Bikini girl from "Varsity Blues".Adrian Pasdar: Recently on "Desperate Housewives".Santiago Cabrera: Newcomer from Chile; former soccer player.Masi Oka: Franklin from "Scrubs".Leonard Roberts: TV veteran; fan favorite on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"Hayden Panettiere: The little girl from "Remember the Titans" is now an up-and-coming starlet.Greg Grunberg: J.J. Abrams childhood friend; appeared on "Alias" and "Lost". Negative views on the pilot have cited HEROES slow pacing and circuitous narrative. The dialogue has been attacked as overly expositional and broad, and the characterizations in general are said to be one-dimensional.All things condiering, it‘s only a pilot, and it‘s tough duty setting up your TV series in just one hour. With a premise as exciting as HEROES, it might be wise to give the show a few weeks to find it‘s stride. Read more »
Fall 2006 New Shows Rank: #3Gist of the Show: On Heroes, ordinary people begin discovering that they have extraordinary powers.Cast Member Looking To Reclaim Former Glory: Ali Larter, who hasn‘t been seen much since she donned the infamous whip cream bikini in “Varsity Bluesâ€?. Similar in Theme to: M. Night Shymalan‘s “Unbreakableâ€?.Time Slot Competition:The Bachelor, Two and a Half MenLikelihood of Second Season:90%Final Word:NBC is banking on Heroes to become the biggest new show of the season. Almost everyone assumes this will be true, but I have my hesitations. I‘ve seen the pilot, and although Heroes premise is undeniably engrossing, the writing and pacing was pretty bad. The potential is definitely there, and the cast of Heroes is well-balanced. It really all depends on the quality of the mysteries surrounding the powers and their meaning. -Oscar Dahl Read more »
"Heroes is about ordinary people with extraordinary abilities," says Masi Oka of his new series on NBC. Oka is not exactly short of extraordinary abilities himself. A computer science whiz as well as former musical director of an a cappella group, Oka is also a skilled improv comic who has appeared on "Reno 911," "Punk‘d" and "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment."Oka says he landed the gig on Heroes by being "fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time."When Oka was a student at Brown, he says, "Lucas Films came to our career fair my senior year. Until then I hadn‘t even considered that I could use my knowledge of computer science to work on films."Oka worked at Industrial Light and Magic creating special effects for movies like "Star Wars: Episode II," "The Hulk," and "Terminator 3" before deciding to try his hand at acting professionally. Since then Oka has also appeared on Scrubs, Will and Grace and Gilmore Girls.Oka loves acting, but said he also has his eyes set on a possible future as a director.Heroes will premiere on NBC Monday, September 25. Read more »
With CBS maintaining it‘s stranglehold on the overall numbers, NBC‘s premiere of "Heroes" emerged as the single most watched program according to the ratings overnights.CBS took the lead among households at 9 p.m. with "Two and a Half Men," 10.1/15, and "Old Christine," 8.5/13. The premiere of "Heroes" (8.8/13), however, led among total viewers and was the night‘s top show among adults 18-49. "Heroes", which some consider a pastiche of M. Night Shyamalan‘s "Unbreakable", brings the super hero genre into the world of realism as seemingly unconnected characters become aware of emerging super powers such as teleportation, precognition, flying, super strength, spontaneous healing, and more. Read more »
Last night‘s Heroes was, for all intents and purposes, a continuation of the pilot. We even met a new hero, LAPD Officer Matt Parkman, who can hear other people‘s thoughts, like Mel Gibson in “What Women Wantâ€?. So, maybe if he learns to hone his power, he can eventually bed Helen Hunt. Anyway, this episode was more interesting than the pilot, and we‘re starting to learn a little bit more about the mythology. The writers are really taking their time to set up the characters and it‘s paying dividends; the Heroes are complicated and mysterious. The cast has been better than expected, especially Ali Larter and Hayden Panettiere, playing the single mom/stripper and the cheerleader, respectively. The one thing that stood out in last night‘s episode, however, had nothing to do with the story. It was the gore. I‘m not opposed to gore; I‘ve watched a lot of gruesome movies in my day. And I‘m not sheepish about it appearing on television, but sometimes it just feels out of place. Like it did on Heroes last night. A man torn in half. A man with the top of his skull cut off and brains removed. A woman, dead, mounted eight feet up on a wall with common silverware. A man frozen to death, with his skull cut off. Didn‘t it feel like NBC was, at least partly, marketing Heroes towards kids? Personally, I liked the edgier development of the show because I had worried that they might ease up and make it really family friendly. But they didn‘t and it‘s surprised me at how adult this show really is. It seems now, far more so that the pilot indicated, that the writers know exactly where they‘re going with this story. It‘s reassuring that NBC has given them the time to bring along Heroes methodically, so as not to blow their load early on. I‘m another two quality episodes from being hooked for good. Don‘t disappoint me, NBC.-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer  Read more »
Look for Heroes‘ Rena Sofer in your living room for many more weeks to come.Not only has NBC given the green light for a full-season order of Heroes, in which Sofer plays the wife of political hopeful Nathan (Adrian Pasdar), but the actress will also appear on the next season of Fox‘s 24. She‘ll play the wife of the shadowy figure known as Graham (Paul McCrane).More Sofer: She recently completed work on the upcoming Lifetime movie The Secret of Hidden Lake.24 returns in January. No date has been set for the Lifetime flick.Source - AP News Wire Read more »
Heroes remains entertaining and intriguing, even as it frustrates. I‘m a sucker for anything involving superheroes and, therefore, I should be eating this show up. And, to be fair, I kind of am. However, I do have doubts about its future and, although the next two episodes may extinguish those fears, Heroes is going to need to step on the gas pedal, and soon.  Read more »
Ensemble cast, serialized story-line, plot twists galore, sounds a little bit like LOST except for one thing: it’s starting to make sense.After LOST achieved primetime success with its stealth-sci-fi model, every network, including its own, sought to replicate the formula. The following season was deluged with edgy sci-fi shows like Threshold, Surface, Invasion, ABC even dipped its foot in the horror waters with Night Stalker (and quickly pulled it back), yet not a single one of these shows grabbed numbers anywhere approximate to LOST. It seemed the first pass at replicating LOST’s success was a complete failure. Then, there was Prison Break.When the stuffed shirts analyzed why Prison Break was attracting the same kind of crowd as LOST, it suddenly became clear. LOST wasn’t just a sci-fi show, it was a serialized drama; if anything it was the sci-fi-lite approach, almost denying itself entry into the genre, that made LOST so accessible to such a large viewing audience. To succeed, you needed the good serialized plot, ensemble cast, and a foot in reality, no matter how tenuous.Another season later, the shows leaning more towards the straight up reality based serials, Vanishing and Kidnapped, are dropping like flies. Heroes, on the other hand, has seemed to nail the formula once and for all. Slowly unveiling a seeded threat amongst a tapestry of characters beginning to come to grips with their own special powers, Heroes retains the cornerstone of the LOST formula, the serialized plot, with what I consider to be the missing ingredient: well hidden sci-fi.It is not even the credibility of the idea behind Heroes, that people could possess genes which would give them super powers, that matters. It’s all nonsense, just as much as any element of LOST. What sets these shows apart from the sci-fi is the realistic way the characters interact with these elements. Characters in Heroes have the same reaction you would expect from any genuine living being. None of them are particularly qualified to be super Heroes. The result is a mix of angst, arrogance, fear, self loathing, confusion, and of course a little wonder. It is appropriate that the most prepared for hero status is Hiro (yes, it‘s pronounced ‘Hero‘), a fellow from Japan with the power to control time and space, temporarily. He is also the most child-like. His sense of destiny is more focused on being a comic effigy of himself; he is the innocence of the story. No doubt, he will eventually die a horrible death.Formula, characterization, and charismatic cast aside, Heroes performance in the competitive Monday night prime time arena has been impressive. Heralded by many as the biggest hit of the season, Heroes has yet to pierce the Nielsen top ten but its staying power has positioned it for a slot in that canonizing list once the seasons cool-down period takes effect.A lot of fans credit the success of Heroes directly to the fact that you really have a sense that the story is coming together, which is a polar opposite of LOST fans assessment of their program of choice. In this sense it is very possible that Heroes may not have just matched the LOST formula, but exceeded it.  Read more »
Our friends over at have just posted a great interview with Heroes creator Tim Kring. I won‘t spoil it for you, but he does give away a few juicy bits of information. Heroes has been at once liberal and conservative in its storytelling. On the one hand, the characters are taking their time to meet. However, some mysteries have already been unraveled and we know the gist of almost everyone‘s "power". Read more »
In case you didn‘t know, Damon Lindelof and Tim Kring (Heroes) used to work together on Crossing Jordan, and despite working for competing networks still geek out together quite prominently (Lindelof recently interviewed Krig for NBC‘s website. for instance.)So I was doing my usual inspirational Jeff Jensen reading (Jeff is THE man for LOST in the mainstream, over at go check him out, NOW!) and he mentions some very interesting concepts. One is that the numbers, in the lost experience game, are factors playing on society which are stimulating forces of a cataclysmic end-of-the-earthy nature. He proposes a big WHAT-IF. What if there were a secret alliance between Damon, and Jeff, to create stories that take place in the same universe? What if those DAMN numbers, were also stimulating the evolutionary processes at the center of the Heroes plot? What if the twin connection Damon always teased us with was the fact that the Oceanic 815 pilot had a twin brother who was a psychic cop? What if the "good" ones, were the specials amongst the 815‘rs. most prominently Walt?Well, turns out Jeff had the opportunity to ask Tim Kring about this, and he got an answer. I‘m not going to dis Jeff by pasting the answer here, so I‘ll direct you to his brilliantly written stuff here for the answer to the question. You‘ve got to admit, the idea is captivating! Perhaps us, as fans, could form the unofficial connective tissue ourselves where the networks would never be so bold! How‘s this for an attempt...Alvar is from Denmark right? So where the heck did he pick up ‘Namaste‘? Because he was good friends with Chandra Suresh, that‘s why! And where did Chandra pick up his theory of the evolution of super hero abilities? During his time with the Dharma initiative no doubt. I mean, only Dharma had access to the top secret Valenzetti equation. Dr. Suresh was clearly able to take some of that research and adapt it to focus on one interesting little knock off: the ability to predict genetic changes in response to environmental change.Now, even though the networks would NEVER go for an open connection between the shows, remember that the numbers showed up in a Veronica Mars episode once (in a fortune cookie) so there is no reason a similar non-infringing homage could not appear in Heroes or Lost. Given the close ties between these men, I‘d keep my eyes open if I were you! Read more »
With hotly fought campaigns drawing to a mid-term showdown, only one is poised for success: Young, popular, charismatic Nathan Petrelli of New York seems unstoppable for a seat in congress; a victory that will galvanize his fellow.... uh... wait a minute... is that a donkey or an elephant on his pin... Just what political party does Nathan Petrelli belong to?The fact of the matter is, the creators of Heroes have decided to completely conceal the party affiliation of the flight-endowed Petrelli brother. A move I consider quite wise in this heated political climate, but can they do it forever?In last night’s episode of Heroes, "Hiros", Nathan Encounter time traveler Hiro who previously had transported himself into the future where he saw not only Nathan‘s victory at the polls, but also an atom bomb detonation that leveled new york and turned everybody on the east coast into raisens. After witnessing Nathan fly, Hiro confided his own secret ability and in the process told Nathan about his impending win; a fact Nathan used to up the ante with a crooked campaign donor who was, himself, trying to blackmail Nathan. If you‘ve never seen Heroes, and all of this just sounds amazingly weird and cool, catch your breath and find a hip friend with a tivo box; Heroes is officially on the fast track of becoming one of the coolest shows of the new golden age of serialized drama.Whether he is on the Left, or the Right, really does matter to anyone with enough intelligence to enjoy this show (which means the ability to differentiate truth from fiction), and while he has shown himself as a disingenuous jerk and all around corruptible-by-power type of guy, there may not be much advantage one way or the other to a real life political party.Despite this, boards from to the Internet Movie Database ( are alight with partisan bickering over what party Petrelli belongs to. Some want to claim him because he‘s a shrewd winner who will hold his own in the house; others want to pawn him off on the other guys because his corruption surely means he isn‘t "one of us". To the vast majority of us this spectacle is all just evidence of why we shouldn‘t take either party too seriously when their constituents can‘t clearly see that Petrelli HAS chosen his affiliation: He‘s in the party of good, entertaining, TV. That‘s all that matters to me. Read more »
EW‘s PopWatch has a look at last night‘s Heroes that points out a fairly obvious truth: the more our Heroes encounter evil, the better the episodes tend to be. Superhero stories, comic books, etc. need a great villain to succeed. This is irrefutable. However, writers still end up not creating satisfactory villains. How often have you watched an action movie or a thriller and been completely underwhelmed by the bad guy? Read more »
Heroes has already been equated to LOST in terms of its edge of the seat story-telling, it now appears it has spawned an equally theory-obsessed internet culture in the process. Heroes theorists on boards around the globe have come up with solutions ranging from the likely to the outer boroughs of left-field.One Heroes theory I find particularly interesting is the “team colors” theory that suggests that the good guys and bad/ potentially bad guys of Heroes can be associated with either Blue (for good) or red (for you-know-what.)In reviewing some of the data, I’m not entirely convinced the red’s are evil as much as in-harms-way, but the connections are hard to deny:On the blue teamHiroOften wears a blue sweater Peterwears blue shirt Nathanwears a blue shirt MohinderHis room has a blue tint to it IsaacHis studio has a blue tint to it Claire‘s dadFrequently wears blue alsoMeanwhile the reds:Nikiher car, her clothes. Claireher cheerleading outfit. NathanHe wore a red tie when he lied about Peter’s suicide attempt. SimoneShe wore a red dress at the campaign party. SylarsThe hidden room has a distinctively red tone to it.Now, not everyone in the red is necessarily evil, nor are the blues all good guys, (I have suspicions about Claire’s dad) , but the theory is right enough times to make it worth thinking about… if you have absolutely nothing else to do, and your a hopelessly theory obsessed Heroes fan, get yourself over to IMDB and join in on the fun. Read more »
He could have been a hero, instead Meatloaf chose to go to hell. The plump rocker, and occasional actor, turned down several film and television roles during the production of his latest album “Bat out of Hell three”, among them a six episode stint on Heroes. While it should be known relatively soon which character he was to portray, it seems likely that Greg Grunberg’s character had Meat written all over it.This revelation could be somewhat of a spoiler for Heroes fans. The fact that meatloaf would have portrayed a character with powers, but would only appear in six episodes, would indicate that one of the specials we have come to know and love is not going to be with us much longer. Killing major characters being so in style these days, it’s not so surprising. None-the-less, Meatloaf’s much publicized decline of the role has inadvertently broadcast the plot point to the masses.If this is true, could it mean that Grunberg will soon be falling victim to the maniacal Sylar? It would appear after his encounter with quiet man and Clarie’s pappy that Grunberg’s character has seen an escalation in his super power. Could his increased level of clairvoyance be leading him into danger? Hard to say for now because mum’s the word on just who Meatloaf was to play in the NBC fantasy/drama. Read more »
NBC created the show Heroes and immediately seemed to know that it would be a hit. Their marketing reflected this and, as a matter of fact, it‘s now the most popular new show on television. Why did this happen? Would this have been possible in the 90‘s? Why has it taken this long for a show like Heroes to get on TV? Comic book films are all the vogue, if you hadn‘t noticed. They have become, by themselves, the obvious choices for annual Summer blockbusters. They have the largest budgets, the biggest stars and, inevitably, make a lot of money. This trend was begun when, in 2000, a little movie called "X-Men" was released by a skeptical studio. "X-Men" was not allowed the type of budget it probably should have been, but, nonetheless, Bryan Singer helmed the project and created the template for how comic book films were supposed to look and feel in the new millennium.  Read more »
Yahoo TV has unleashed four new clips giving Heroes fans a glimpse into the action to come this evening. After kidnapping Isaac, Eden sooths him through heroin withdrawals, promising to teach him to use his skills without the drugs. This brings a much needed air of "good" to the efforts of Glasses man. Mohinder returns to India to find his life, and old flame, waiting for him with open arms. Seems like Mohinder has no intentions of returning to the big apple just yet. Matt sits down for an interview with. Read more »
After a tenuous "don‘t make us regret this" green-light, and scant build up, Heroes has officially become the golden boy of NBC after being deemed the #1 new series last week. After edging ahead of encroaching CBS duo of Two and a Half Men and Old Christine, it is likely to retain that spot for now at least.The realism based cinematic serial has held strong positions in all demographic age groups and recently edged out Grey‘s Anatomy after the medical drama took an unexpected dip last week. While not seizing the most-over-all-viewers crown, Heroes win in the demos make it prime advertising territory which guarantees Heroes fans plenty of well funded adventures to come. Expect an early second season signing.Despite stiff competition on a typically comedy obsessed Monday; Heroes built on its lead in key demos for the eighth consecutive week. Once thought to be a hopeful for a LOST-like following, Heroes now appears to reversing those roles and with its stylistic progenitor on hiatus, it has plenty of room to shine on its own. Read more »
NBC has announced it will air the remaining episodes of Heroes in a LOST derived schedule. Following a six week hiatus, Heroes will return to run straight through with no repeats on January 22nd. This will split the 22 episode season evenly in half.No words yet on what NBC might have planned to keep Heroes fans busy during the break. Read more »
With the confirmed casting of Dr. Who‘s Christopher Eccleston to NBC‘s Heroes the rumor mills have lit up with indications the classically trained British actor will be taking on the role of mysterious villain Sylar. Exacerbating that gossip is the fact that reps on both sides are issuing suspicious "no-comments" on what role Eccleston would be playing. Read more »
The Heroes you‘ve been waiting for is finally here! As the scattered specials are drawn closer to their destiny, and inevitable teaming, Peter closes in the location of Claire as Homecoming commences and the deadly Sylar draws near! With only two more episodes before Heroes takes a mini-break, expect big things over the coming weeks. As usual, we happen to know what a few of those big things are, including the highly touted major character death NBC has been trumpeting in their previews. To found out this and more, follow the jump: Read more »
In a move that is sure to make sci-fi fan boys giddy with glee, Star Trek‘s Mr. Sulu, George Takai, will be joining Heroes as Hiro‘s pappy! Rumors indicate Takai will make his first appearance in mid-January. Turns out Hiro‘s dad is a significant figure at the company Hiro was employed at. He‘ll show up in the states with a couple of bodyguards and the intent to kidnap Hiro and bring him back to Japan where he belongs.No word on whether or not Takai‘s character will have any powers of his own, aside from formidable financial resources, nor whether he will factor into the shows long-term story plans. More than likely though, this will be a move to give us some insight into what is behind the hyperbole and always-young behavior of the comic obsessed Hiro; perhaps taking one step closer to the pony-tailed Samurai sword wielding Hiro we saw on the New York subway. Read more »
You all pretty much know me as a LOST fan/theorizer; but for the last sixty some odd days on the island, I’ve harbored a dark secret: I love Heroes every bit as much as Lost! I know some of you may feel betrayed, and I’m sorry, but Heroes is captivating in the same ways as Lost and, in my opinion, executed to the same level of perfection. Now, I won’t go into which one I feel is better, because for me it is all about surpassing this base-line of awesomeness; after that, comparing the shows to one another would be a little like splitting hairs.  Read more »
Eagle eyed Heroes fans - particularly those with HDTV DVRs - were treated to a full frontal, half second glimpse of lead baddie Sylar in the preview for next weeks episode ‘six months ago‘. A lot of speculation has circulated about Sylar, particularly about who Heroes execs would cast to play the scalp-slicing special. Those rumors can finally be put to rest once and for all right here with our EXCLUSIVE Sylar-revealing screen-grab. Jump through to see the big baddie himself! Read more »
Executive Producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, who produced the feature films American Beauty and Big Fish, have drafted Heroes lead writer Bryan Fuller to pen their ABC commissioned pilot "Pushing Daisies". Read more »
NBC‘s Heroes traveled into hiatus with some shocking revelations caught in its tailwind: Is Peter the exploding man, or just the recipient of some tainted Nyquil? Is Isaac seeing the future, or just Hiro‘s delusions of sword wielding grandeur? And about that Haitian guy who supposedly couldn‘t talk, what secret did he tell Claire? Oh, and let‘s not forget Sylar - will he make it out of Horn Rimmed Glasses guy‘s top secret prison to menace society once again? Beware jumps bearing spoilers! Read more »
Yesterday, The Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for their annual end of the year awards. This is the season for awards and, while largely inconsequential, I‘m a sucker for all of it. I love awards, I love nominations. I like to intelligently discuss (read: argue incoherently) the nominations with my friends and foes. Whose deserving? Who got the shaft? All good topics.The Writers Guild are, obviously, concerned with the written aspects of television, so it‘s right up my alley. I‘m generally in agreement with the group‘s nominees this year, although I have a couple of minor nitpicks.The nominees are... Read more »
Since defining the working mans hero nearly thirty years ago, Sylvester Stallone has had little luck turning out anything more than self-effacing efforts that, lately, have landed him in the direct-to-dvd market more than once. So naturally, the critical fore-flashing of Rocky (yes another one) Six was to the tune of ‘can‘t get it back‘, or ‘don‘t know what‘cha got, till it‘s gone.‘ Not surprisingly, by sticking to the roots of Rocky by embodying not just the under-dog, but the over-the-hill dog, Rocky Six comes off as sincere characterized fun. One of the bright spots is provided by Heroes‘ own Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Rocky Jr., the ex-champs estranged son. Read more »
After analyzing the most recent two weeks of Nielsen television ratings and reviewing the BuddyTV FPR (Fan Popularity Rankings), many interesting observations and trends pop out. To begin, here are some quick hits from Nielsen television ratings from September 25, 2006 to October 1, 2006 and from October 2, 2006 to October 8, 2006: Read more »
The CNN Money section has a nice rundown of some ratings-involved stories for television, the main one being the recent up tick in viewers for NBC. This increase is mostly attributed to the popularity of new drama Heroes and NBC‘s new Sunday Night Football. The NFL is always a no-brainer for ratings, but the downside is that viewership will always be inconsistent; it all depends on who‘s playing.  Read more »
The numbers have come out and...they‘re pretty much what everyone expected. If you aren‘t familiar with the term, "Sweeps" are the bi-annual time periods where advertising rates are set based on the strength of ratings. During November sweeps, the networks roll out their best stuff, rarely show a rerun, and often resort to extreme measures to rope in viewers. As expected, ABC won sweeps, and pretty handily. NBC and CBS tied for second, however, and this is a pretty large upset. NBC had fallen into fourth place last year, but it looks as if it‘s new batch of shows has helped push them back to respectability. Another factor is NBC‘s new Sunday Night Football, which brings NBC ratings while hurting ABC, who had Monday Night Football last year.  Read more »
AFI (the American Film Institute) recently announced their top ten television programs of 2006. They do this every year, and the thing I like about it is that they don‘t feel the need to rank them. It is, simply, their top ten favorites. The list is good, but I‘d make a few changes. We‘ll get to that in a second. AFI takes into account every TV show that has been on the air since January 2006 and, therefore, can contain shows that ended last May. They also incorporate miniseries into their list, although they don‘t usually include many in their top ten. The full list is after the jump. Read more »
TVGuide, that bastion of news in the utterly dark and dank weeks before new TV episodes begin to air, has a little Heroes scoop for us all. Masi Oka, who plays Hiro on Heroes, will be stopping by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next week. Now, this is minor news indeed, but Oka is bringing something that may interest fans: a clip from Heroes next new episode.We do not know, yet, what will be on the clip, but it‘s sure to be at least a little spoiler-y. Heroes next new episode, set to air on January 22nd, is entitled "Godsend". Oka will appear on Jay Leno on January 3rd. Read more »
If your a Heroes fan and you didn‘t know about the graphic novels, you need to get over to and get your fix! The graphic novels are basically what goes on in between the episodes, and if you think it is inconsequential fill, think again! Prime example: wonder who will be taking the place of Eve now that she self-terminated to prevent that brain gobbler Sylar from absorbing her Jedi mind powers? Read on to find out... Read more »
It was the episode of Heroes that would explain it all by shuttling us six-months in the past to reveal the genesis of our heroes‘ powers. How did they come to be? What forces are acting against them? What draws them together? It should have been revelation after revelation if you listened to the previews. So, what did we wind up with in the end? Did NBC trick us again, or did they deliver? Read more »
Being the last new episode before winter break, Heroes Fallout was expected to deliver on a level slightly higher than previous outings; and it did. The episode gave some revelations some may consider heavy-handed, including some plot details concerning the end game that both revealed major plot points, and at the same time tantalized us with their possible implications. LOST writers... take notes...  Read more »
Masi Oka was recently a guest on Jay Leno where he discussed his work as a lead programmer at Lucas film, his unlikely stumbling into acting, and - more importantly to us Heroes freaks - unveiled an exclusive clip from the January 22nd return of Heroes, ‘Godsend‘. Click on through to watch it. Read more »
December is one of the more interesting TV months of the year. It‘s not the summer, when most shows are off the air, but it might as well be. With far more reruns than original episodes, December is a month that allows TV watchers to catch up with episodes of their favorite shows that they‘ve happened to miss. Viewers also want to prepare for the big shows that will be either premiering or returning in January.Our BuddyTV Fan Popularity Rankings (FPR) reflect this. Last month, we took the FPRs and juxtaposed them with Nielsen ratings to get a truer look at the actual popularity of a TV show. This month, we‘re going to look back at the weekly FPRs in December and see if we can decipher their meaning. Read more »
January 22nd is still a long time away for Heroes fans. That is the day that Heroes returns with all new episodes, kicking it out with the hotly anticipated "Godsend". Ausiello at TVGuide sat down with the creator of Heroes, Tim Kring, and came back with oodles of information. Read on for the recap and analysis. (SPOILERS) Read more »
With the news that Heroes newest addition will have the rather banal power of being able to text message with her mind (a power parents of teenagers contend with on a daily basis) drawing some uninspired sighs from the shows audience, we figured we would put together our own list of powers that would have next to no resale value on the NBC show. Read more »
The return of heroes is closing fast. One week from Monday, on January 22nd, Heroes returns with what promises to be one of the best episodes of the season. What an excellent time to spoil all of the major plot points.... Read more »
NBC announced today that Heroes, The Office, and Law & Order: SVU will be renewed for the 2007-2008 season. This is great news for fans of those shows.As far as I can tell, Heroes is the first new program of the year to be greenlighted for a full two seasons.  Read more »
This Heroes character has bothered me from the beginning. I understand that Mohinder is our entry into the world of Heroes, but, at the start, he was whiny and faithless. We could‘ve had a much better guide into the world of Heroes than this stiff.Start Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
Last night‘s Heroes was a great reintroduction to the show after its holiday hiatus. If it felt at times like there weren‘t enough "big" moments, but I would say that that comes with the territory. It‘s a big ensemble and this episode spent a little time with all of the major characters, reminding us who they are and what their current situation is. Things should start to blow up soon because, in Heroes‘ time, it‘s only two weeks until Peter goes nuclear in the heart of Manhattan. Anyone got Jack Bauer‘s cell number?Here is what the rest of the internet is saying about last night‘s episode: Read more »
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Appliance manufacturer Emerson filed a suit against NBC seeking to block the re-airing of the Heroes pilot. In the episode, a teenager with spontaneous healing abilities, sticks her hand into a running garbage disposal, (see also ‘Heroes Gores it Up‘), pulling back some mangled digits which quickly correct themselves. Emerson‘s best bet in the suit is the un-endorsed product placement, yet the company seems to be more concerned with the portrayal of their garbage shredding device stating in their suit that the scene "casts the disposer in an unsavory light, irreparably tarnishing the product by suggesting that serious injuries will result in the event consumers were to accidentally insert their hand into one."I don‘t think I‘ll be sticking my hand in any running garbage disposals to try to prove them wrong. Read more »
Milo Ventimiglia is one of the rare brood of actors who has an immense amount of talent to offer. This heartthrob effortlessly swoon viewers as he displays on cam his distinct Sicilian features, not to mention his Irish, English, Scottish, French, Cherokee and Indian roots. Starting off with minor roles on screen has enabled him to become the humble and charitable person he is now. Furthermore, his witty acting performances lands him a role in the hit show Heroes.  Read more »
Why do fans like Ali Larter? Fiercely beautiful, she hustled her way into the entertainment world through her exposure from Esquire magazine and then eventually proved herself worthy of sustaining her shimmer in the limelight. With her provocative image and artistic acting performances, she positively lands a spot in the television series Heroes.  Read more »
Consider this installment a Heroes spoiler report with a healthy dose of well informed speculation. Just who is the father of Heroes cheerleader? The speculation is fast and furious but with a little deep research into Heroes interviews from way back, we think we‘ve found the answer. Read more »
Tonight‘s episode of Heroes really knocked it out of the park with one of the best cliff hangers for Heroes to date!  Could next weeks Heroes actually top it?  You bet!  And we have all the pertinent Heroes spoilers right here! Read more »
If everything in entertainment is derivative, why even bother trying to come up with something new?  Scholars say that every dramatic story ever told can be categorized by one of seven basic plots.  Yet, there‘s been a hell of a lot more than seven works of fiction created by man.  This means that originality ran out a long time ago.  The best-selling screenwriting manifesto “Story” tells aspiring Hollywood screenwriters that the best way to write a winning screenplay is to examine what movies were successful and then rip them off.  This is why we get films like The Fast and the Furious (a direct facsimile of Point Break) and why Hollywood churns out so many sequels for films that weren‘t good in the first place.  It‘s way easier to play it safe and go with what works than to be experimental.  This is obvious.  However, delving deeper, what if all there is left are knock offs?  Do ideas just run out? I raise this question because the comic book industry is a breeding ground for the “knock-off”.  I‘m no comic book expert; I dabbled when I was younger, have enjpyed a couple graphic novels, but haven‘t read or owned an actual comic book in over a decade.  Comic books, to the best of my knowledge, have grown stagnant.  What was the last new comic to achieve any modicum of mainstream success?  Spawn?  Those blockbuster comic book film adaptations we watch every summer are almost completely taken from the classics of the genre: your Supermans, Spidermans, and Batmans.  It seemed that ideas for comics had run out and that fans were only getting slightly different versions of tired characters.  That was, until Heroes came around. Read more »
Tonight’s episode of Heroes was positioned to be one of the most pivotal Heroes ever.  Again, it centered around Claire, her mother’s identity revealed last week (along with a nifty new Heroes power), now it is time to reveal her father’s identity.   Not to be upstaged, the impish Hiro was confronted by a very angry daddy.  Peter, meanwhile, found his Yoda in invisible man Claude.  So did it deliver?  Did NBC for once deliver something that was promised in the Heroes promos, or were we led astray yet again? Read more »
After the end of last weeks Heroes, you might have been expecting a little family reunion  for Claire; nothing doing.  Claire’s mom, Meredith, had one thing in mind when she called Nathan, money.  A child born out of wedlock… good bargaining chip for a blackmailer.  With the promise of a hundred grand, the chances of Claire finding out Nathan  is her father have become a lot slimmer.Mind reading Matt is preparing for a bodyguard job since losing his badge, and his in with the FBI.  The person he has been hired to protect is one of Lindermann’s people, someone who has fallen out of favor with the mysterious crime boss, someone Nikki has been dispatched to take out.  Looks like she is now an assassin for Lindermann. Read more »
This weeks Heroes lead out again insinuated that somebody was going to die on next weeks Heroes.  The new whispered lead line is "Someone will fly, Someone will die."  Okay, NBC, you‘ve been telling us somebody is going to die on Heroes for about, oh, eight episodes now... is it really going to happen, or not?  We scoured the world for the best Heroes spoilers to find out.  Read on to find out what we discovered... Read more »
For weeks Heroes has promised us a major character death, and for weeks nothing has happened. The anticipation turned us Heroes fans into blood thirsty maniacs, crying for the crimson to spill. Finally, this week, in Heroes ‘Unexpected’, the unexpected finally happened… somebody flied, and somebody died. But it might not be the last Heroes death in the near future… Read more »
Season One of Heroes is far from over, but details have already emerged concerning the Heroes Season One DVD Box set.  In an interview with Wizard Jack Coleman, who plays the villainous H.R.G guy let slip some details on what to expect in the form of extras from the set.  Read on for details. Read more »
Heroes has always been a good show. Since the beginning you just felt the potential, and as the weeks went by Heroes let a little more of its brilliance show. Tonight’s Heroes, ‘Company Man’, was the Zenith. Not only did ‘Company Man’ pay off by finally revving the ‘Heroes’ engine on all cylinders, it actually exceeded what anyone would have thought possible. After tonight, ‘Heroes’ cements itself as part of the new golden age, and one of the best shows on television. Serialized drama‘s take note:  The new text-book has been written. Read more »
Last week, Heroes stunned fans and critics with the exemplary ‘Company Man’. This week they achieved the unimaginable, they topped perfection. Not only is Heroes ‘Parasite’ a notch up from the glory that was ‘Company Man’, it has added yet another chapter to the text-book for serial dramas. With Heroes hitting homerun after homerun, can the competition catch up? Is there even any competition anymore? Read more »
Hot and zesty, Santiago Cabrera brings in his Spanish, English, French and Italian influence in his depiction of character roles, which sets him apart from other actors. Exotically handsome, this Chilean actor indulges in sports, which perfectly compliments his well-trimmed physique. A hunk with a promising acting career, he lands a spot on the science fiction series Heroes. Read more »
Grammy-nominated singer Hayden Panettiere radiates confidence and potential whenever she performs heart-pounding numbers. This Neutrogena cover girl exudes grace with her flawless skin and her captivating smile. Highly capable of luring the crowd, she lands a spot on the popular drama series Heroes. Read more »
Malcolm McDowell will be returning for at least three more episodes as Linderman, the "mastermind behind all the shenanigans" on Heroes. Spoilers ahead!The only episode title we know so far is Chapter 19 – ".07%," the April 23 return of Heroes. ".07%" refers to the number of people who will die in the anticipated explosion in New York. Linderman tries to win Nathan over to his side by saying "There‘s six and a half billion people on the planet, that‘s less than .07%. Come on, that‘s an acceptable loss by anyone‘s count."  Read more »
For Heroes fans, April 23rd is a long ways off.  That is how long you will have to wait for the new episode of Heroes to air.  Now, we are pleased to present something that will make April 23rd seem a whole lot further off, a blow by blow description of the first few minutes of Heroes .07%.  Read on to torture yourself. Read more »
Heroes doesn’t have too much in the way of romantic storylines.  It’s more about action and less about finding romance.  It’d be interesting to see a character with some sort of romantic power.  While that might not ever happen due to the cheese factor, there is one relationship that seemed to have potential.  Claire and Peter connected during their first meeting when he went to save her from Sylar.  After that, I thought that maybe they had the potential to be the first Heroes couple. Read more »
"Every actor should realize that at some point their ticket might come up," Tim Kring, creator of Heroes, told Sci Fi Wire this weekend, saying that they‘d told all of the Heroes actors "fairly early on" that there was a strong possibility that their characters would not make it to the second season. With the season finale coming up, it‘s starting to look like maybe none of them will.  Read more »
Let‘s just say that from 9-10PM on Monday there were a helluva lot of people watching TV. Monday nights have quietly become a night full of great television. Starting at 8PM, you‘ve got How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Prison Break, Deal or No Deal, Heroes, 24, CSI: Miami, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Kind of a ridiculous night Monday has turned out to be.The two power houses of the night were presumed to be 24 and Heroes. The 24 vs. Heroes subplot was born two days ago and, in their first head to head bout, Heroes eked out a slight victory over the veteran Jack Bauer Hour of 24. Heroes clocked in with 14.9 million viewers; 24 had 14.5 million. However, the most interesting part of the night was this: Heroes wasn‘t the highest rated show in its time slot. Read more »
Hayden Panettiere, cast member of the sci-fi series Heroes, is set to star in a new movie entitled Fireflies in the Garden, alongside actress Julia Roberts.Directed by Dennis Lee, Fireflies in the Garden is based on the life of the film’s director and explores the intricacies of love, loyalty and dedication in a family torn apart when faced with unforeseen catastrophe. Apart from Roberts and Panettiere, the film also stars Willem Dafoe, Carrie-Anne Moss, Ryan Reynolds and Emily Watson. Fireflies in the Garden is scheduled to begin shooting on Tuesday in Austin and is scheduled for release in 2008. Read more »
Greg Grunberg, cast member on the series Heroes, headed the Epilepsy Foundation walk on March 31 and has been working on an art auction to support a laudable cause.Grunberg, a 40-year old native of California, is an actor best known for his role as Eric Weiss on the series Alias and Sean Blumberg on the drama series Felicity. His other credits included Grand Union, Lost, Mission: Impossible III, and House. At present he stars as Matt Parkman, a police officer who has the power to read minds, on the sci-fi series Heroes. Like his character on cam, Grunberg is also noble in real life, evident in his numerous involvements with charitable organizations. Read more »
Heroes is now only a few weeks away from its hotly anticipated return, and NBC has opened the promotional floodgates leaking advance scenes, teasers, and even the opening of the show to the net. Being as we are on NBC‘s electronic press kit list, I was a bit offended we didn‘t to offer these Heroes peeks first hand, but that doesn‘t mean we can‘t tell you about them.  In short, the new Heroes looks FANTASTIC.  A new hero is introduced, we get our first glimpse of what the future looks like five years down the road, and new dangers loom.  Read on for the low down. Spoilers! Read more »
Is there anything easier than getting spoiled by a nice HDTV?  I curse every network that is not available in at least 720p in my area; thankfully, NBC is not one of them.  Once you’ve watched an episode of Heroes, or anything of equally cinematic value, it is just impossible to go back to standard definition.  This is part of the reason why my LOST season two DVD set has gone largely unwatched, and I have such little room left on my DVR.  Well, the producers of Heroes, with the blessings of NBC announced at Wizard World that they will be breaking even more ground with their runaway smash hit by producing the first full season box set of Heroes available In HD-DVD. Read more »
After a run of fairly tame Heroes tid bits, the net is on fire with major Spoilers concerning upcoming episodes, returning characters, and changes of allegiance that you simply will not believe.  With just under two weeks before Heroes returns, prepare yourself for a Heroes spoiler overload.Many of these come by way of Kristin at E!Online who was a guest on the set of Heroes recently and got some answers to some huge questions.  We uncovered a few things through some of our own exclusive incursions into the world of Heroes which we will be sharing with you soon enough.  In the meantime, however, here come some details on Heroes short-term future that will blow your Read more »
Heroes returns in less than two weeks with what promises to be one of it’s most revealing episodes to date.  When we last saw our Heroes, Peter was pinned to the wall by Sylar, Nathan was debating apocalypse with Linderman, Claire was meeting her grandmother for the first time, H.R.G was deep within the bowels of ‘The Company’, and the rest were all slowly traveling onto threads that will very soon bring all the Heroes together for a fateful encounter.  Read on to find out all the details of the highly anticipated return of Heroes “.07%”.  Beware, light spoilers ahead! Read more »
Nathan has been given the promise of unparalleled, a guaranteed straight shot to the White House by his his Nemesis Linderman, yet Nathan was about to willingly sacrifice his political career by killing the casino magnate in cold blood.  When Heroes returns next week, we will revisit that conversation ‘in media res‘  and learn more shocking details of Linderman‘s plan, as well as a final sales pitch that will have Nathan‘s allegiance to Heroes good guys under question. Read more »
It has been seven weeks since the last new episode of Heroes aired on NBC, and for all you fans out there, I‘m sure it‘s been a cruel wait.  With only five episodes (or “chapters”, if you‘re so inclined) left, I think it‘s about time to begin thinking about season two of Heroes.  Sure, it‘s a little early, but blind speculation is always a fun exercise.What should next season of Heroes entail?  I ask that to all you fans out there.  I want to know what you want to see.  To me, there are three different directions Tim Kring and company can take in conceptualizing next season: Read more »
Heroes Homecoming was set up as a pivotal episode for action deprived devotees of the super-hero epic. Up until now, the show has plodded along at a fairly mellow pace where the action is concerned, focusing instead on the nuance of the absurd; the strange human fabric that weaves between the Heroes, their abilities, and their relationship with the world and the ‘normals‘ around them. If that character development weren‘t there, I doubt we‘d be having this conversation right now. Since it is, the creators of Heroes have brought us something really special. For it to culminate into a showdown where all that angst, hope, and wonder collide with a nondescript evil in a conflict worthy of all the build-up would be genius. Last night was billed as just that night; did Heroes take flight? Or has slow pacing become Heroes‘ kryptonite? Read more »
The Haitian, whose actual name has yet to be revealed on NBC’s hit television series, Heroes, has the power to manipulate other people’s minds and erase memories. Jimmy Jean-Louis, the Haitian actor and model who plays The Haitian, took some time to talk to BuddyTV about the show, his character, and what we can expect to see in upcoming episodes.Read the full interview script or listen to the MP3 audio below. Read more »
Last night, Masi Oka, Hayden Panettiere, Greg Grunberg and Milo Ventimiglia, stars of the sci-fi series Heroes, wrapped Season One with a celebration in Los Angeles, California. In an interview with Access Hollywood, the cast of Heroes expressed their sentiments about their inclusion to the show. "It‘s definitely surreal to be able to share this moment with my family — the crew, cast, writers and everybody on the show. We knew we were creating something very passionate together and we were all going through this journey together. It‘s just a great feeling,” said Oka, who plays Hiro Nakamura on the series. Read more »
During the first seven episodes of Heroes fans were captivated by the shadowy menace known only as "Sylar."  The murderous brain-thieving villain never appeared in full light in the early episodes, only his thin baseball-capped silhouette.  Around episode eight of Heroes that all changed when Zachary Quinto  was unveiled as the face of evil when Sylar stepped out of the shadows to fatefully menace the cheerleader, Claire (Hayden Panettiere).  BuddyTV was fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down with Zach to get his feelings on the success of Heroes, as well as the inner machinations of the force known as Sylar. Read more »
Tonight Heroes returns for a run of all new episodes which will lead us to the season finale.  The question is, after all the anticipation that was created with the cliffhanger ending that pitted Peter against Sylar, why did NBC spoil the outcome by revealing during last night‘s Heroes marathon that Peter dies at the hands of Sylar?  The answer could be very simple.  Maybe they didn‘t spoil it at all.  (Warning:  spoilers ensue after the link.)    Read more »
The triumphant return of Heroes was very nearly bungled, again, by NBC’s over zealous marketing folks.   Yes I admit, without hesitation, that Heroes is very deserving of the hype it has been receiving leading up to its return; what the fans did not deserve, however, was to have a major plot point completely and copiously spoiled prior to the airing of the episode.  Yes, I am talking about the death of Peter Petrelli. Read more »
Golden Globe-nominated actor Masi Oka, best known for his inclusion on Heroes, did not escalate instantly to fame and stardom. In fact, he struggled like other actors who encountered much difficulty in landing a spot in the saturated world of showbiz. In addition, his distinct Asian features also added to his slim chance of acquiring diverse character roles. According to CNN, the Japanese-American actor had to face the reality that the industry was quite biased in terms of casting non-American actors. He said, “I realized there weren‘t characters being created for my type because Hollywood tends to have a narrow vision with regards to Asian Americans, or Asians in general… I figured if no one is going to create stuff for me, I need to create stuff, at least for other Asian actors." Read more »
Hayden Panettiere, who is set to star in the film Fireflies in the Garden, isn’t the only Heroes cast member who has been given the chance to make it big in the silver screen. Masi Oka, who plays Hiro Nakamura on Heroes, is set to star in not one but two movies, Get Smart and Get Smarter: Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control.Get Smart, a crime-comedy film based on the television series, is scheduled to open in theaters in June 20, 2008 and will be available on DVD ten days after its premiere. Directed by Peter Segal and written by Tom J. Astle and Mel Brooks, the movies is currently filming in Montreal, Québec, Canada, with cast members such as Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart, Anne Hathaway as Agent 99, Masi Oka as Bruce, The Rock as Agent 23, Nate Torrence as Lloyd and Terry Crews as Agent 91 among others. Read more »
The sci-fi series, Heroes, has positively acquired a variety of recognitions and accolades even with just the first half of its season one installment. It has been named one of the ten "best television programs of the year" by the American Film Institute and has been nominated by numerous award-giving bodies such as the Golden Globes, Writers Guild of America and Saturn Awards among others. In line with this success, NBC has come up with an interactive game for avid viewers to show off their predictive powers. So if you’re a Heroes fan, here’s your chance to get involved with your beloved show.The said game, which is officially announced on NBC’s website, will give you the opportunity to predict and concoct your own theories of what would happen next to the plot of the show. More importantly, your entry may even be chosen to air on NBC! Read more »
Heroes jumps five years into the future tonight with "String Theory".  The episode details what calamity will ensue if our Heroes fail to stop New York from going boom.  To view an exciting preview from tonight‘s episode and learn more about what the future holds for Heroes, click forward! Read more »
Heroes continues to prove itself as a challenging story teller with the episode “String Theory.”  Tonight they went all out in taking risks with the narrative by jumping five years into the future to show us what will happen if our Heroes failed.  As the folks over at LOST have learned, when you start playing with time things can get a bit dicey.  Was Heroes able to take fans on a time trip that did not shatter the continuity of the plot?  I’d say yes.  Read more »
Tonight, through the power of Hiro‘s grunt, we were able to look ahead five years into the future to see what awaits the worlds should our Heroes fail to stop the exploding man.  Next week,  Hiro and Ando are back on their temporal feet, fighting in the present to do what must be done to stop Sylar.  Peek forwards if you dare for a glimpse at what next week holds for Heroes fans. (Spoiler warning!) Read more »
This morning, there was a press conference call courtesy of NBC, featuring Hayden Panettiere and Eric Roberts of Heroes. Hayden Panettiere plays cheerleader Claire Bennet while Eric Roberts is "Thompson," Mr. Bennet‘s superior in "The Company."   These calls are always a lot of fun, and you tend to get the stars at their most personable and candid.  Hayden and Eric are a bit of an odd couple; Hayden still a teenager and Eric a weathered acting veteran.  They were both extremely well-spoken and answered every question thoughtfully, despite Hayden being in traffic while on the call.Here are some of the details we learned from the call. Read more »
Last week we witnessed the grim consequences of our Heroes failure to stop the exploding man, in this week’s Heroes we regain our temporal footing in the present where the final battle to stop the death of .07% of the population really begins.  This episode begins an action packed cycle that brings us straight to the end of the season, after last weeks unexpected dip in the ratings, can Heroes return to the present regain its missing audience? Read more »
Now that the producers of LOST have suggested that serialized stories ought to have an end point, and have set one for themselves, will Heroes be the next to follow suit?   Of all the television shows to attempt to nail the LOST formula, Heroes has undoubtedly been the most successful, mostly because it feels like it is going somewhere, is it though?  While many have applauded the series‘ willingness to give answers, not many have addressed the fact that this torrent of information has to slow down at some point if the show wants to remain a fresh, long running success for NBC. Read more »
Just a few days ago, Hayden Panettiere, cast member on Heroes, was interviewed by Sun Media on her life on the spotlight, saying that she is still not used to the fame and stardom, which entailed a lot of photographers and fans following her around. Ironically, she was spotted comfortably kissing boyfriend Stephen Colletti, reality TV actor, even as surrounded by prying diners and photographers, while having lunch at Urth Caffe on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Read more »
After witnessing the atrocities that would befall mankind, let alone super-hero kind, in last week‘s future flashing Heroes “String Theory” one would think that Hiro, no matter how naïve, would have no trouble killing Sylar.  Then again, after Heroes‘ strong showing last week, one would think that there was no chance that Heroes was going to break its streak of nearly perfect serialized television.  If you were assuring yourself of both thoughts, you were wrong.  This week,  “The Hard Part” was realizing that even Heroes, the show, can make mistakes. Read more »
The penultimate Heroes has arrived, and it is loaded with shocking reveals, death, deals with the devil, and more cliffhangers than you can shake a stick at.  Nuclear man Ted, Matt, and H.R.G have arrived in New York, Peter has coaxed Claire to join the mission, and Linderman has kidnapped Micah.   Next week a man will explode, but will it be Peter, Ted, or Sylar?  Read on to find out. Read more »
One of the big announcements at yesterday‘s NBC upfronts was that Heroes will air 30 new episodes over the course of the 2007-2008 television season.  Twenty-four of these episodes will follow the Heroes mythology, much like this year.  However, the remaining six will air under the title of Heroes: Origins.  Heroes: Origins will consist of stand alone episodes taking place within the Heroes universe, but will not involve any of the main cast members or have to do with the season‘s main plot.  They will simply give us the “origin” of a new hero each week.  On top of that, at season‘s end fans will vote on who their favorite new hero from “Origins” is.  The winner of this vote will become a main cast member on the third season of Heroes. Read more »
Image ©2007 NBCDespite sometimes uneven, but generally fantastic, critical acclaim Studio 60 has been deprived a second chance at success.  The time slot afflicted show was officially canceled along with several others as NBC announced its fall schedule at today’s upfronts.  Meanwhile the on-the-bubble duo of Scrubs and Friday Night Lights received 11th hour full season orders, and the peacock added five new shows to its schedules, many of which reflect the success of genre powerhouse Heroes. In response to the avid fan following Heroes has enjoyed, the network is launching an innovative six episode spin-off called "Heroes: Origins" which will tell the back story of all new heroes decided upon by fan selection! Read more »
Two weeks ago we witnessed the grim dystopia that will evolve if our Heroes fail to stop the exploding man.  Last week we watched helplessly as Hiro failed in his attempt to dispatch Sylar and save New York from unthinkable destruction.  This week is our Heroes‘ last chance to gain ground before the May 21st Finale closes the book on Heroes first chapter.  Will the good guys finally get the ‘edge‘ they need, or is Linderman‘s vision of a future ruled over by the ‘specials‘ indelibly etched into the future of mankind?  Keep reading for spoil riddled goodness. Read more »
Recently, TV networks have been experiencing an unexplained drop in viewership.  Huge ratings dips have the entire industry perplexed but network executives are not taking this trend lying down.  In an unprecedented move, all five of the networks have decided to pool their efforts by combining their most popular shows in order to create single ratings powerhouses.  Take a look at what is already in development for the fall: NBC: The Lost HeroesAs New York City nears destruction, Hiro saves the cheerleader and all of her paranormal pals by transporting them all to an uninhabited island in the Pacific.  Once there, Hiro‘s powers go on the fritz after the group gets too close to a mysterious hatch, stranding the Heroes on the island forever.Or until the series finale which ever comes first. Read more »
Heroes has, arguably, been the biggest new hit show of this past TV season.  With its much anticipated season finale airing tonight, we‘ve got an exclusive interview with Ando himself, James Kyson Lee.  As Ando, James has appeared in more episodes than most of the main cast members and has gone through some of the largest character transformations on the show.  We discussed his journey to Hollywood, the process for learning Japanese, and his relationship with Masi Oka.Below you will find both the written transcript and full mp3 audio of the interview. Read more »
Heroes has been lauded as the best attempt ever to bring comic books to TV; the main difference is it isn’t based on an actual comic book.  Many have picked up on the shows post-graphic novel era darkness, its contemporary plot twists, and the vast void of endless conspirators; despite all this, Heroes stands on its own.  On the other hand, does it?   Read more »
Tonight, Heroes drew its champions against their quarry and the fate of mankind was decided as one chapter closed, and another began.  As far as finales go, Heroes “How to Stop an Exploding Man” was an avid demonstration of the state-of-the-art.  Multiple arcs that flowed together perfectly, forming a rushing stream of suspense that ended with  certainty and doubt, rescue and danger, and a teaser of an epilogue that just made us scream for more. Read more »
Tonight is the night that Heroes reaches its explosive conclusion.  Sylar now has the power, but so does Peter.  Meanwhile, Nathan has apparently drifted to the dark side.  H.R.G and Matt went to take out the ‘tracking system‘ to find out it was a clairvoyant little girl, when we last left them Mohinder had a gun on H.R.G and H.R.G had a gun on the girl.  Meanwhile, Hiro has taken his Samurai for dummies course from papa Nakamura, is he ready to stop save Ando and stop Sylar?  Keep refreshing to get the latest updates! Read more »
One of the surprise hits of this TV season, Heroes, is looking to expand its cast with several recurring roles.  Season two of Heroes begins filming in Los Angeles in late July or Early August.  As of the end of Season one, several of the original Heroes‘ fates are in doubt, most notably Nathan and Peter.  Things weren‘t looking particularly goof for Hiro as he landed back in feudal Japan. Read more »
TvSquad has unleashed a horde of new Heroes season two spoilers that detail some of the new characters coming tot he series, along with coloring in some of the characters we reported on the previously.  Heroes fans have just under four months remaining before Heroes returns to begin its unprecedented thirty episode season, which will include six episodes designed strictly to introduce new Heroes. Read more »
So you stayed glued to the tube all season long, and you think you know every last detail of the Heroes story.  Unless you‘ve been keeping up with the graphic novels, thought, you only half the story!  And in some cases, less than half!  The graphic novels for Heroes, while tangential to the on air plot, have included the exploits of characters such as Hana and filled in various plot holes. Read more »
Best known, currently, as cheerleader Claire‘s personal videographer and social outsider Thomas Dekker on Heroes, Thomas Dekker has been cast to play the role of John Connor in Warner Brothers upcoming "Terminator" series.  Read more »
Six months after its premiere on September 25, 2006, two artists complains with a lawsuit to NBC Universal and the people behind the network’s sci-fi drama Heroes. The two New York-based artists, identified as Clifton Mallery and his wife Amnau Karem Eele filed the lawsuit on Thursday in Manhattan claiming that the creators of the show Heroes founded their story line on a short story, a mini series and a short film the couple illustrated in 2004 and 2005. Based on the lawsuit, the couple claimed that two people, who identified themselves as writers from NBC’s Crossing Jordan, were present in the display of their work at Hunter College in New York City last April 2005. Subsequently, the artists believed that the two writers took copies of their work. And to be specific, the couple asserted their work to have the subject of an artist who paints the future, which included the destruction of two landmark buildings in New York City. This “purportedly” had a very striking semblance to Heroes’ Isaac Mendez. Read more »
That was the episode of Heroes we‘d all been waiting for. The foreplay is over.Although not much headway has been made in the mystery-solving department, the level of intrigue has skyrocketed, as has the amount of action (and interaction) among our Heroes. Prior to tonight, I wasn‘t yet sold on Heroes, but now I‘m in it for the long haul.  Read more »
Last night‘s episode of Heroes was solid, if not a bit different than previous installments. The focus was shifted away from the previously more important Heroes (Nathan and Peter Petrelli, Nikki Sanders) and to some of the characters we haven‘t seen a whole lot of. Which is fine, but what originally got me very excited for Heroes has gotten to the point where I think it‘s becoming a problem. Heroes has too many characters, especially for this early in its run. We can‘t keep up with everyone and there‘s just not enough time for a story to be told about each and every one of them. Ensemble casts are fine and good, but when a story has to develop each person in order to bring them together in a plausible manner, that takes time. There have already been far too many coincidental meetings for my liking.  Read more »
Finally.After a month of holidays, egg nog, and more Snoopy and Ralphie Parker than one knows what to do with, we‘re finally back to normal. January is upon us, 2007 has begun its tyrannical, 300-plus day reign, and our favorite TV shows will no longer bludgeon us with repeats. Tomorrow, January 3rd, brings the return of a couple of our favorites, as well as two brand new shows.After that, the flood begins, and over the next month virtually every original program will air new episodes. A full list of the returning dates for most every show on television is after the jump. Read more »
TVGuide recently released their list for Best and Worst television shows of the year. Their choices are relatively solid, as far as these end of the year lists go. As always, and what proves to be the point of these lists, I have some disagreements, and I‘m sure anyone with a pulse does also.TVGuide chooses not to rank their lists, just listing them in random order. I‘m so used to the clear-cut rankings made by the modern-day list maker that those of the "in no particular" variety feel chaotic. I need order. Nonetheless, their choices are after the jump, followed by some commentary. Read more »