Articles for Heroes Season 4

BuddyTV‘s running a special feature on all of the wonderfully unique families on TV. Within the feature, there‘s a chance to win a flat-screen TV as well as a couple of Showtime prize packages with DVD sets for Dexter season 2, Penn & Teller: BS! season 5, Californication season 1, The L Word season 5, and The Tudors season 1. TV families always seem to be more interesting than our own. In fact, they‘re never normal. At one point or another, we‘ll all wished to be a part of some imaginary clan. Something deep inside draws us to the craziness, the tenderness or the drama. So we salute all these unique TV families. Read more »
Heroes cast member Hayden Panettiere and hit musical group the Jonas Brothers will be among the presenters for The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which will be broadcast live on Sunday, January 11 at 8pm ET/PT on NBC.  They will join a long list of presenters, including Martin Scorcese, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, , Laurence Fishburne, Ricky Gervais, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jake Gyllenhaal, Glenn Close, Aaron Eckhart, Jake Gyllenhaal, Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler and Seth Rogen, among others. The organizers of this year‘s ceremony have opted for a mix of young Hollywood and entertainment legends and the enlisting of the Heroes actress, as well as music‘s hottest trio, will surely up the star power at the Golden Globes.  Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas will have girls screaming while Panettiere is expected to amplify the energy with her share of fans.  It also wouldn‘t hurt if she‘ll be accompanied by her Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia, who happens to be her real-life boyfriend. Read more »
There’s still no word on whether ABC will soon, or ever, air the final three episodes of Pushing Daisies—the latest to get the axe in the history of shows (Arrested Development and Veronica Mars come to mind) that are fan darlings, critic favorites, but ratings underdogs. But here’s a small consolation for fans of the Pushing Daisies pie-maker and his pals: the show’s creator, Bryan Fuller, is heading back to Heroes. And he’s bringing Daisies star Swoosie Kurtz with him! Read more »
Bryan Fuller is back on Heroes and as promised, the writer-producer-genius behind the show‘s acclaimed first season will try to get Heroes back to its groove even if it means killing off some beloved characters.  And his timing couldn‘t be better.  Word on the street is that one of the show‘s major stars has asked to leave the series at the end of the current season.Apparently, the Heroes cast member is upset with not getting enough screen time and is asking to be let go of his or her contract at the end of the season. And in order for that to happen, a death scene has reportedly been written for the actor‘s character at the conclusion of season 3. Read more »
There‘s a rumor swirling around the web about a Heroes cast member wanting out of the show. Tipped off by insiders from the series, E! Online‘s Kristin Dos Santos has been dangling this blind riddle about the mystery cast member in front of her readers since last week:1. It‘s a series regular who‘s been on since season one.2. Some of you fans would freak if this actor were to leave.3. This particular hero has more name recognition than others in the cast.4. NBC is not likely to release this actor. (See number three.)5. If this actor does return for season four, there‘s an easy way to bring him or her back from the planned "death."And now everyone has a theory about which actor could be unhappy enough with his/her role to sever a pretty hefty contract with one of the most popular network television shows on air. The problem with this so-called “riddle” is that all of its “hints” could just as easily apply to four separate cast members: Masi Oka, Hayden Panettiere, Ali Larter, and Milo Ventimiglia. Read more »
Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time.  Heroes star Hayden Panettiere, who plays Claire Bennet on the NBC series, was reportedly kicked out of a nightclub.The 19-year-old actress was spotted at NV Lounge, a 21-and-over club in New York, by a guard who noticed her checking out the Jon Turco Band and thought she looked underage.  Consequently, she was asked to produce identification to prove she was old enough to be in the club.  The guard, who evidently had no knowledge of who she was, saw from her date of birth (August 21, 1989) that she‘s underage and told her she had to leave the club and had to take her ID. Read more »
During Thursday‘s TCA Winter Press Tour, new primetime entertainment president Angela Bromstad announced that NBC has renewed The Office and 30 Rock for the 2009-2010 season.  This means we get to enjoy another year of unprecedented comedy that only the TGS crew and Dunder Mifflin employees could deliver. None of the orders is much of a surprise.  The Office has emerged as one of TV‘s funniest and sharpest shows, proving to be popular with adults 18-49.  30 Rock, on the other hand, is a five-time Golden Globe Award winner and a nine-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning comedy series.  Both shows have been well received by critics. Read more »
Heroes returns in less than two weeks after a very long hiatus. Some disillusioned fans might be wishing for the hiatus to continue indefinitely, but there is much hope that this new volume of Heroes, “Fugitives,” will be a dramatic improvement upon the last.“This volume starts us pretty much from scratch,” creator Tim Kring said in a statement recently. “There is almost nothing that the audience needs to know from the previous volume in order to follow the storyline.” Read more »
As NBC gears up for its first Super Bowl since 1998, the network is reportedly taking full advantage of the crazy ratings the games are expected to make to promote some of its current and future shows.  Just to give you an idea, an average of 80 to 90 million Americans tune in to the Super Bowl at any given time.  Its beleaguered series Heroes is one of the shows that can just benefit from the spree.While paid advertisements will most likely make up the bulk of the commercials during NBC‘s telecast, with ads fetching about $3 million per 30 seconds, its parent company NBC Universal is banking on its huge popularity to orchestrate a carefully planned promotional blitz for some of its shows that is tailored specifically for the event. Read more »
Previously, we reported that NBC is taking advantage of Sunday‘s Super Bowl to drum up anticipation for the so-far lackluster season of its primetime series Heroes.  The network is reportedly doing so via clips specifically made to run during the games that will show us just what will happen if the Heroes character will play football using their powers.In yet another move to draw even more people to the show, NBC has recently inked a deal with online virtual haven for teens Habbo.com to boost interest in the series.  A new character named Syn Anders will be introduced as a sort of spin-off character who will act out as the Habbo residents‘ virtual guide to the series although she won‘t be making an appearance on the series itself. Read more »
After a long hiatus, Heroes Volume 4, "Fugitives," begins this Monday, February 2 with the episode "A Clear and Present Danger."  This fourth volume of the NBC series is expected to be an improvement from the third, with tighter, more streamlined plots.We at BuddyTV are very hopeful about "Fugitives."  We‘re betting that it might even return to its first season glory.  To that end, we have a very special contest planned.  We‘re giving away a double-headed Hiro Nakamura bobble-head doll, and read on to see how you can win. Read more »
Heroes is coming back the Monday after the Superbowl, and expectations are high for a huge increase in the quality of the show. Critics and fans alike have been growing increasingly impatient with slow-moving storylines and the unwieldy size of the cast, but this new volume promises to be different. We‘re looking forward to a sleeker, more streamlined Heroes, and we‘re especially excited that Bryan Fuller, recently of Pushing Daisies, will be back on the writing staff.We‘ve already shared with you some glimpses of the new volume of Heroes, but we‘ve recently gotten our hands on four new clips from the episode, “A Clear and Present Danger.” Read more »
Jesse Alexander may have been fired from Heroes, his latest effort where he served as writer and producer, but that doesn‘t mean that he‘ll be out of work for a long time.  In fact, NBC has just ordered a pilot from Alexander, whose credits include Lost and Alias.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is called Day One, a post-apocalyptic drama that follows a small group of survivors of a devastating global event.  In order to stay alive, they must rebuild society and unravel the mysteries of why the event took place and what the future has in store. Read more »
If you could bring back one Heroes character to life, which would it be?  Death is something inevitable in any series but resurrection is something that seems to be a frequent practice on the show.  Over three seasons, Heroes has killed off many characters, including characters with potentially good storylines.  In my book, some of them deserve even more airtime than some of the present characters these days, including Maya Herrera (Dania Ramirez).  I‘m not really a fan of the whole “bring back the dead” concept.  It ruins the impact and suspense whenever the series kills off a character, knowing that he or she will eventually walk again.  But if that‘s the only way for my favorite character Elle Bishop to resurface the canvas, then I‘m all for it. Read more »
Everyone has a theory about which Heroes cast member wants out ever since E! Online‘s Kristin Dos Santos released a blind item earlier this month.  As reported before, the article doesn‘t name the actor but does offer some clues: First, he or she has been on Heroes since the first season.  Taking out the said actor will likely create chaos among fans since he or she "has more name recognition than others in the cast."  This means, the network is not likely to release such a valuable asset.  Last but not the least, the actor could easily be revived from an end-of-season death if he or she stays on the show. BuddyTV‘s Meghan Carlson already trimmed the mystery down to four people: Masi Oka, Hayden Panettiere, Ali Larter, and Milo Ventimiglia.  But most recently, Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello narrowed down the search even more. Read more »
Introduced as an office worker at Yamagato Industries in Tokyo, Japan, Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) is the one character on Heroes that aspires to the pure heroism of comic book crime fighters, shouldering the responsibility to use his powers for good.  But when Heroes returns for its “Fugitives” volume, the quirky fan favorite who possesses the ability to teleport and travel through time will have to adjust to life without his powers.  To make things worse, the dynamic between Hiro and his faithful best friend Ando Masahashi (James Kyson Lee) is also rattled when it is Ando who has the powers while Hiro is left as normal human being. In an interview with The Futon Critic, Hiro‘s portrayer Masi Oka sheds light on what‘s in store his character when Heroes returns with new episodes beginning February 2 on NBC. Read more »
Last we saw the Heroes, Primatech was burning down with Sylar (Zachary Quinto) inside, and Nathan was meeting with the President to discuss pressing national security issues. Now, at the beginning of their newest chapter, “Fugitives,” we find that not much has changed. Traci (Ali Larter) watches Nathan on TV as he gives an interview about his new measures as the Chairman on the Senate Commission for Homeland Security, and he makes vague claims about protecting America from dangerous people. We find out that it‘s been two months since Traci talked to Nathan (Adrian Pasdar). She sees that a window in her apartment is open, and suddenly lots of men in full-on black SWAT gear come in and take her down with a taser. Turns out Traci‘s one of the bad people Nathan was talking about. The head hero hunter calls it in: “Tell Petrelli we got the first one.” Read more »
Last night marked the beginning of the newest Heroes chapter, Fugitives. And even a few minutes into the episode, there was a marked change in both the action and tone of the show since the last chapter. The show felt somehow… calmer. The characters are sitting, talking, hugging, relating to each other! One plot (rather than several seemingly unrelated ones) involving all the major characters (rather than a circus of B-list supporting heroes) dictated all the action. Decisions were logical and consequential. The villain was familiar, scary, and human again, instead of some weird mystic catalyst. And Peter‘s got his adorable good-boy hair back!For those of us who have been disappointed in the recent arcs (yes, I know some of you feel differently!), the shout-outs to the Season One pilot episode—like Traci‘s initial strip tease, or Peter and Mohinder‘s cab ride—were comforting reassurances from the Heroes writers that they‘re ready to return to the magic that made them successful in the first place. Read more »
The night after the highly anticipated Super Bowl, where it received some massive promotion, Heroes returned to NBC with meager ratings, at least compared to expectations courtesy of the hype it received Sunday.  Only 8.6 million viewers tuned in to see Volume Four: Fugitives, 1.6 million viewers short of its 10.2 million average.On the episode called “A Clear and Present Danger,” the Heroes attempted to start anew after the destructions of Primatech and Pinehearst.  Claire uncovered the plot by Nathan to hunt down and capture all people with abilities, while Sylar began searching for his biological parents. Read more »
Sunday, January 11 marked the 66th Annual Golden Globe awards, and all the stars were out to celebrate the best in TV and film of the past year. Teen sensations, music artists, movie stars, and Hollywood icons were all in attendance, from the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus, to movie stars like Angelina Jolie and Drew Barrymore. Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez rocked the red carpet, as did film icons Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, who was the recipient of this year‘s Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field."Read on for our Best and Worst Dressed Stars on the Red Carpet, and more! Read more »
19-year-old Hayden Panattiere, who plays cheerleader Claire Bennet on Heroes, has denied rumors that she is leaving the NBC series, Access Hollywood reported yesterday. “I know nothing about that, so you got me,” she said.  “They are rumors.” Read more »
Thank you all for participating in our Heroes Haiku Contest.  We enjoyed reading all of your responses.The lucky winner will be receiving a double-headed Hiro bobble-head.  Read on to see who that winner is! Read more »
Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar) has always been a morally gray character.  Although a protagonist during the first season of Heroes, he hasn‘t exactly been portrayed in a very positive light given his infidelity to his wife, his reluctance to get involved with raising his biological daughter Claire (Hayden Panettiere) and his initial commitment to blow up New York City and kill millions of people.  Now, he wants to hunt down people with abilities in order to build a super-powered army.How did Nathan evolve from a pragmatic anti-hero to a scheming and power-hungry figure? Read more »
Now that Hayden Panettiere has disproved rumors that she‘s leaving NBC‘s Heroes, another controversy has surfaced the internet.  Word on the street is that the 19-year-old actress who plays Claire Bennet on science fiction series appears to have split from boyfriend and Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia. According to Radar, a witness spotted the Heroes actress with 21-year-old Jesse McCartney at Crown Bar earlier this week.  The age appropriate lovers were reportedly all over one another, with Panettiere perched on the singer‘s lap while he kissed her neck.  Then she got up and did some seductive sexy dance.  Shortly after, they went outside for a smoke and he put his arms around her from behind and kissed her neck again. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release: Lines are drawn and the hunt is on as our Heroes begin their lives on the run.Emmy Award-winner Zeljko Ivanek, Bea Grant and Dan Byrd guest star. Read more »
Last week on Heroes, we watched as Nathan Petrelli began using his power (political, that is) for evil rather than good, seeking to round up and contain all people with abilities, with the U.S. government backing him up. We watched as our super-powered protagonists were hunted, bound, and herded onto a plane taking them to the Heroes version of Guantanamo Bay. We also watched as Claire snuck onto the plane, released her buddies, and Peter blew a hole in the side of the plane, taking it down. Flash forward: 43 hours after the plane crash, Nathan talks to an unknown listener on the phone. He explains that Claire got on board the plane and took it down. The pilot managed an emergency landing, but the plane broke apart on contact and some prisoners escaped. Read more »
Last night’s Heroes, “Trust and Blood,” was all about build-up for the rest of the season. Motivations surfaced, sides were chosen, and speeches were given to repeatedly drive home how important, deadly, and enormous the impending battle between the Petrelli Bros. and their related allies is going to be. “Trust and Blood” in one sense refers to these two opposing armies, who see each other dangerous, unpredictable, and wholly untrustworthy—and, as consequence, a lot of blood will be shed as Nathan’s powerful government force hunts Peter’s band of super-powered fugitives, who have plenty of force of their own. But during the episode, another just-as-important theme came out of the building storylines in the “Fugitives” arc, one that I’m sure the writers were just as conscious of when they chose the episode name “Trust and Blood”—the issue of fatherhood. Read more »
On the last episode of Heroes, the, well, Heroes were on the run from the latest villain and, this time, one of their own – Nathan (Adrian Pasdar).  Matt had visions of prophetic images, and the identity of someone close to him who suffered a tragic fate was finally revealed.  Also, Sylar (Zachary Quinto) continued to search for his father and encountered a young outcast (guest star Dan Byrd) with some info and even an ability of his own.Speaking of Quinto, the 31-year-old was will be appearing on the 2009 reboot of Star Trek, set to premiere in May.  When the involvement of Lost creator J.J. Abrams began circulating as far back as 2006, Quinto already expressed his interest in playing the young Spock.  Zach reportedly knew he resembled iconic actor Leonard Nimoy, who played him.  After being called finally to audition for the role, Quinto was cast by the filmmakers and rumor has it that Nimoy himself approved him for the role. Read more »
Despite all the suspense and action spurred from the fugitives running from Nathan‘s (Adrian Pasdar) powerful government force in last week‘s episode of Heroes, I found Sylar‘s (Zachary Quinto) quest to find out his dad far more interesting.  But it‘s not just because I wanted to explore the mystery behind Sylar‘s nature, which apparently lies in the discovery of his biological father.  I was also intrigued by his encounter with Luke Campbell (Dan Byrd), the delinquent son of a single mother whose husband took off some time ago, and who, by implication, may be Sylar‘s half brother too. Read more »
Despite suffering a continuing decline in its ratings as far as television viewers are concerned, the NBC series Heroes apparently has had more luck in reeling in a more robust online audience, according to a media research company.Heroes‘ highly anticipated new volume attracted only 8.6 million viewers, 1.6 million short of its 10.2 million average.  However, the Nielsen Co., parent of Nielsen Media Research, ranked Heroes fifth among its list of top online shows, after leaders Lost, Saturday Night Live, Grey‘s Anatomy, and Desperate Housewives. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:The best laid plans of Nathan Petrelli often go awry.Emmy Award-winner Zeljko Ivanek, Moira Kelly, Justin Baldoni and Dan Byrd guest star. Read more »
Tonight on Heroes: The Bennet family eats breakfast together (And Lyle’s actually there!), and Sandra grills Claire about her recent college visit, and H.R.G. about his “new job.” Claire gets a text from the mysterious Rebel telling her to warn Alex in Sam’s Comic Book Store that he’s in danger. Claire watches Noah lie to Sandra about the fake trip, and storms upstairs to her room.  He gives that refrain we all know so well about lying to his family to keep them safe, and warns Claire about how the whole family is being watched carefully. He enrolled her in community college, and warns there will be hell to pay if she’s not in the front row of her Lit 101 class on Monday. Nathan’s Hero hunters are holed up in Building 26, and they’ve got photos of their targets. Claire’s not being hunted, but she’s on probation and under surveillance. Nathan comes in and tells Danko that he requested more funding to facilitate catching the fugitives. He tells the team to hunt them and bring them home alive. Read more »
Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia, Heroes co-stars and real-life couple, have reportedly called it quits after dating for a little over a year.  According to Us Magazine, the split was amicable so there‘s no need to worry about the tension on the set of the NBC series.If you‘ve read last week‘s rumor, then this shouldn‘t really be a surprise.  Panettiere, the 19-year-old actress who plays Claire Bennet in the series, was spotted with 21-year-old Jesse McCartney at a bar where the more age appropriate lovers were reportedly all over one another, with Panettiere perched on the singer‘s lap while he kissed her neck.  As expected, this led people to think that Panettiere has split with her 31-year-old boyfriend, Ventimiglia. Read more »
Here‘s a quick recap of the entire “Fugitives” storyline from last night‘s Heroes, because honestly, not much happened. We didn‘t even see Peter (Milo Ventimiglia), Parkman (Greg Grunberg) or Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) until the final thirty seconds, when they were toting a roofied H.R.G. out of the bar. Instead, we got a look at the inside of Nathan‘s (Adrian Pasdar) hunting operation, where a spineless bureaucrat (Moira Kelly) witnessed one (insanely avoidable) murder and threw away her convictions about justice and civil rights like they were just some of those good ideas that everybody says they believe in, but don‘t actually practice (like recycling, or flossing). Claire (Hayden Panettiere) rebelled a little more. Sylar‘s (Zachary Quinto) storyline was engaging enough with all the killing and the banter, but it all boiled down (yeah, that‘s a LukeWarm joke) into a way for him and Microwave Man to become more badass buddy-buddies. Oh yeah, and Hiro (Masi Oka) and Ando (James Kyson Lee) went to India to stop a wedding. Wait… what? Read more »
On the last episode of Heroes, Nathan‘s (Adrian Pasdar) plan was exposed when the President ordered Homeland Security to start an investigation.  Meanwhile, Sylar (Zachary Quinto) and new protégé Luke embarked on a road trip to find his father, which admittedly became the show‘s saving grace.  In addition, Matt‘s (Greg Grunberg) prophetic images lead Hiro (Masi Oka) and Ando (James Kyson Lee) to India, where they had to stop a wedding, where he actually said this line, “Stop! This woman is marrying him against her will!”The NBC sci-fi series, despite relatively positive reviews from most critics for the first three episodes of “Fugitives,” have nonetheless continued its downward spiral as far as viewers are concerned.  From 12 to 16 million on its debut season and 10 to 14 million on its second, viewership has declined around 7 to 8 million for its third. Read more »
Heroes gave us a lot to chew on this week and, personally, I found it surprisingly pleasant. Compared to the earlier episodes of the season, this one didn‘t make me feel sleepy.  “Building 26” has managed to trim down the amount of stories going on while giving more attention to a small set of characters.  In spite of the odd India-story arc and some minor loopholes, there was enough suspense and action to leave viewers wanting more.  We got a bit of drama as HRG (Jack Coleman) told Claire (Hayden Panettiere) that he has to leave after Claire outed his wicked ways to Sandra, and a bit of comedy from Sylar‘s “OK technically I‘m a serial killer” line.  Speaking of Sylar (Zachary Quinto), his road trips with Luke (Dan Byrd) are becoming to be one of the strongest aspects of the series.  We were also introduced to two new characters: Abby (Moira Kelly), the government minder and Alex (Justin Baldoni), Claire‘s new friend who has the ability to breathe under water (something smells fishy…perhaps a new love interest for Claire?). More intriguingly, however, it also gave us more clues about one of the mysteries from “Trust and Blood” in which an unknown character who goes by the name “Rebel” sends a text message to Claire saying, “There is hope. You can still fight back.”  The question is: Who is the Rebel? Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:Head games ensue as Matt extracts the truth from HRG.Emmy-Award winner Zeljko Ivanek and Bea Grant guest-star. Read more »
It is no secret in the television universe (or at least this side of it) that Heroes has lost its initially explosive steam when its ratings started dipping after the first two seasons.  As we reported previously, the first three episodes of the fourth volume “Fugitives” attracted less-than-stellar viewership, reeling in an average of a little over 8 million per episode, a far cry from its 14 million average in its maiden season. For fan favorite Masi Oka, who plays Hiro Nakamura on the NBC sci-fi series, Heroes is merely in the process of building up intensity en route to a very exciting volume, and fans should stick with it and watch. Read more »
Peter, Suresh, and Peter are holed up in a motel room with HRG tied to a chair. They want to get inside his head to find out who’s behind this government program and how to stop it. Parkman starts to read HRG’s thoughts, and goes back 5 weeks ago. HRG sits on a park bench with Angela. They argue: now that Primatech is gone, HRG wants to continue their mission, and Angela wants out for a chance to salvage her family. She compels him to do the same. She hands him a severance check and a new watch, as a gift from her. Parkman gets out of HRG’s head, and promises to keep pushing until he sees what they need to know.Back at Building 26, Nathan and Danko walk together. Danko tells him that HRG never checked in and is now off the grid. Nathan is surprised to find out that Danko has been spying on his own men, including the Senator himself. (Whereas I am not. Hey Nathan: Ah-doy.) Danko says that because of their attachment to Claire, both HRG’s and Nathan’s choices are compromised. Read more »
At the beginning of “Fugitives,” I, like the Hunter (played by the slightly redeeming Zeljko Ivanek) was “reserving judgment” about how and why this whole “government is after us” plot was playing out. However, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to remain positive about where Heroes could be heading this season, and I’m not alone. Just the fact that many of its big stars have come out on the defensive (Masi Oka, Jack Coleman) to ask fans to hang on and be patient is a very bad sign. These guys know they’re in trouble. “People get wrapped up in thinking this show is not what it used to be, but if you forget all that and take these episodes on face value, they are really good,” Coleman told TV Guide recently. So let me get that straight: it’s the fans’ fault that we’re dissatisfied, because we are just too “wrapped up” in the high standard set by Season One. If we’d just wipe our memories of what Heroes’ best used to look like, we could redefine ‘best‘ to mean ‘mediocre,’ and be happy with what we’re getting now. Hey, we could be thinking, at least it’s not "Two and a Half Men"! Read more »
“Cold Wars” seemed like the last straw for many critics who have gradually lost interest in Heroes.  If you missed it, you can read a recap in this article. But in a nutshell, it centered on HRG (Jack Coleman) as he was held hostage and interrogated by Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), revealing how he became involved with Nathan‘s (Adrian Pasdar) government plot to capture those with abilities.  After last week‘s still-mediocre-but-much-improved installment, many fans hoped that Monday night‘s broadcast would live up (if not surpass) “Building 26” only to be disappointed by its seemingly futile direction.  And as BuddyTV writer Meghan Carlson pointed out, “we learned nothing we didn‘t already know.”Not surprisingly, Heroes‘ Monday broadcast attracted just roughly 6.92 million viewers, easily making the series primetime‘s least watched attraction among the four major broadcast networks. FOX won the night with the pairing of House and 24, followed by ABC‘s reality series lineup and then CBS‘ slate of reruns.  NBC was fourth overall, which should certainly be a big red flag for the network. Read more »
Continuing with our trend of bringing you the most insightful research and profound analysis about the most crucial questions of our age, BuddyTV once again presents you with a debate for the history books.Inspired by Dunder-Mifflin‘s fair and balanced Hilary Swank Hot or Not discussion, two BuddyTV writers face off each week in the Colosseum of Critical Inquiry to battle it out on behalf of the ambiguously attractive. It began with our first battle, Hot or Not: Sarah Jessica Parker, in which Oscar Dahl bested Debbie Chang, effectively "Not"-ing this talented but equine actress. Then Chang fell again in Hot or Not: Jason Mesnick as Henry Jenkins persuaded his audience that The Bachelor was more cute than Casanova. Now it‘s the cheerleader‘s turn for some sexiness scrutiny, when we debate... Is Hayden Panettiere Hot or Not? Read more »
If you are a fan of Heroes and have resorted to recording the show instead of watching it like usual, now is the time to tune in.  Previously, NBC top gun Angela Bromstad had assured Heroes fans that the show was “very secure” in its place, but that was before this lackluster midseason reboot. Its last episode reeled in roughly 6.9 million viewers, a far cry from its 14 million first season average, although a lot of its fans would argue that the numbers are still better compared to the other shows that have recently been renewed.TV Guide reports that there‘s really no way of telling if Heroes will indeed receive renewal.  As such, fans need to step up and watch the NBC sci-fi series. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:The hunt continues as Matt and Peter get closer to exposing the truth.Emmy Award-winner Zeljko Ivanek, Justin Baldoni and Dan Byrd guest star. Read more »
Previously on Heroes: Parkman learned Daphne is still alive after exploring HRG‘s mind.  Mohinder was taken by the Hunter, but the others escaped.  While the Hunter grew suspicious of Nathan, he should be more focused on HRG, who is secretly working with Angela.Claire (Hayden Panettiere) is still hiding her hot new Aquaman friend Alex in her closet. I haven’t seen a nerd this hunky since Tobey Maguire bulked up for Spider-Man. She wants him to leave town, but he’s freaked out and doubts whether a little teenage girl knows what’s best for him. Mrs. Bennet shows up wanting to know who stole the money she hides in Mr. Muggles’ shoe. Yes, the triumphant return of Mr. Muggles! Read more »
On the last episode of Heroes, Matt (Greg Grunberg) received a tip from “Rebel” prompting him to race to Building 26 with Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) to rescue Daphne (Brea Grant) and recover some files that expose the government‘s initiative to capture those like them.  Meanwhile, Claire (Hayden Panettiere) was able to seek help from a very unlikely source to smuggle Alex (guest star Justin Baldoni) out of the city.  Of course, Sylar (Zachary Quinto) and his protégé Luke (guest star Dan Byrd) continued their road trip, with Sylar having some memories of his father.Speaking of Matt, Grunberg, reportedly an avid Twitter fanatic, sent panic among Heroes fans Sunday morning when he sent a “tweet” to his more than 20,000 friends and fans where he implied that the NBC sci-fi series may not be returning for a fourth season.  The message - "Tough to say goodbye to crew not knowing if any or all of us will return next year" - was understandably met with horror from the thousands who follow him on the micro-blogging site. Read more »
“Exposed” wasn‘t the best episode of the season but it was clearly an improvement to last week‘s Heroes.  If you missed it, you can read a recap in this article.  But to put it briefly, there were three plots going on at the same time with Matt and Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) trying to find Daphne, Sylar‘s (Zachary Quinto) search for his dad, and Claire (Hayden Panettiere) helping her new super-powered friend, Alex.  Multiple-storylines have often been a source of nuisance for most viewers but this episode proved that it could still work. Each plot reasonably had enough substance to let you stick around until the end of the episode, with most Heroes fans still defending their beloved show.Meanwhile, “Exposed” got me pondering on three things: Claire having a new love interest, the new and improved Sandra Bennet (Ashley Crow), and Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg) having artistic precognition.  Out of the three, the latter is something that I just can‘t figure out. Read more »
You‘ve seen the show and you‘ve heard the numbers. Heroes isn‘t doing as well as most fans had expected and it seems that all hope is lost after watching Monday night‘s “Cold Wars.” Still, we haven‘t seen Bryan Fuller‘s episodes, which basically promise to give the plot more direction and redeem the series from its troubled state, so until then, I‘ll try to remain optimistic as possible.  Ever since “Fugitives” started, however, I‘ve noticed that almost all the main characters have drastically changed.  Change isn‘t always a bad thing especially when it is well-executed.  But sometimes it makes a disliked character even more detested, and I think this is something that amplifies the flaws of the show all the more.  Having said that, I‘ve decided to compare some of the characters‘ personality transformations so feel free to sound off on whether you like the old or the new version. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release: Sylar goes back to his roots – John Glover guest stars as Sylar‘s biological father.When Sylar (Zachary Quinto) comes face-to-face with his long lost father (guest star John Glover), the reunion proves to be what he least expected.  Elsewhere, after receiving a tip from "Rebel," Claire (Hayden Panettiere) must decide if she will help her sworn enemy, Eric Doyle (guest star David Lawrence XVII), evade capture.  Meanwhile, as "The Hunter" (guest star Zeljko Ivanek) plans to uncover the Petrelli family‘s secrets and take control of Nathan‘s (Adrian Pasdar) operation, Matt (Greg Grunberg) finds himself in the spotlight and on the verge of leveling Capitol Hill. Read more »
Amidst fears from Heroes fans, no matter how few there seem to be judging by the ratings, the NBC sci-fi series is going to have yet another go to retrieve its lost season 1 glory as it returns for a fourth season.NBC entertainment president Angela Bromstad denied that Heroes was “on the bubble” for a renewal considering the ratings, which dipped to as low as 7 million on the last episode from around 10 mil on the first few episodes of the season.  She added that the network plans to order 18 to 20 episodes of the show for next season, around a couple of episodes fewer than the more-or-less 23 episode average for the first three. Read more »
For sure, the news of Heroes getting renewed, albeit unofficially, from NBC entertainment president Angela Bromstad has allayed fan fears that their beloved sci-fi series is biting the dust.  For even better news, Bryan Fuller, who was at the helm of Heroes‘ sterling first season, just returned to the show several weeks ago.  He reportedly started with the 20th episode of the current season."I would trust that man with my life," Heroes star Ali Larter says of Fuller.  "We are all so happy to have him back — you have no idea.  I really think he‘s bringing back what fans loved in the first season." Read more »
Previously (a long time ago) on Heroes: Hiro and Ando got the world‘s longest distance fax from Rebel, telling them to help Matt Parkman and Tracy iced a dude in jail. A little more recently, Parkman got captured and Danko strapped a bomb to his chest and threw him outside the Capitol. Tonight on Heroes: Doyle shows up at Claire‘s (he‘s still calling her “Barbie,” which annoys me, and doing so incessantly, which annoys me more). Claire tells him to get out, and he says Rebel sent him for her help. He wants to start over as a puppeteer, making people happy. He cries a single tear, saying that the agents (whom Rebel sent a fake call, temporarily sending them away from Claire‘s house) burned down his theater with him still inside. He calls Claire his only hope, but the puppeteer won‘t “force her to help” because that‘s not who he is anymore. He leaves. Read more »
“Shades of Gray” was quite an improvement for Heroes.  There were no futuristic paintings, no cheesy lines, no annoying Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and no weird subplots that would have further thrust the show into pointless directions.  It wasn‘t perfect but it had all the elements that could build up enough anticipation for what‘s to come.If you missed the episode, you can read a recap in this article.  And if you‘re one of those who stuck around the whole one hour, then you‘ve probably noticed the final scene where Danko (Zeljko Ivanek), also known as the Hunter, arrives home to find a stuffed rabbit on his desk while Sylar (Zachary Quinto) is hiding and waiting for him behind a wall.  Seeing how nearly all scenes with Sylar involve blood or death, it might be safe to assume that the Hunter‘s days are now numbered. Read more »
As previously reported by BuddyTV, Heroes co-stars Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia have called it quits after dating for a little over a year.  Sources, at the time, said that “they are still on friendly terms” and that the split was mutual so there‘s no need to worry about the tension on the set of the NBC series.  A month later, however, the amicable split has turned into a bitter breakup with Panettiere reportedly playing it dirty.According to OK! Magazine, Panettiere is trying to get Ventimiglia kicked off Heroes as she is still upset about their split and wants nothing more to do with her ex-boyfriend. Read more »
We previously reported that Heroes is set to return for a fourth season despite the sluggish ratings for the NBC sci-fi series.  Heroes, which remains to be the peacock network‘s top-rated series among adults 18 to 49 alongside Steve Carell-led The Office, is currently enjoying renewed hype thanks to the return of Bryan Fuller, the producer of its highly successful first season.In other news, two Heroes stars have recently landed pilots in a couple of upcoming series, one also on NBC and the other on ABC. Read more »
Although that‘s not likely to happen, many Heroes fans have strongly reacted to the rumors surrounding Hayden Panettiere‘s bitter breakup with costar Milo Ventimiglia. Reports of the 19-year-old actress playing it dirty by trying to get her 31-year-old ex-boyfriend kicked off the show has seemingly divided Heroes supporters, with more fans rooting for the latter cast member.  And while most fans are giving Panettiere the benefit of a doubt, they have been quick to admit that, if the rumors are true, they would rather keep Peter and let Claire go. But as I‘ve mentioned before, that‘s not likely to happen. Claire may have run her course as a cheerleader and she may be the weakest character in the show but I doubt that she‘ll be written off anytime soon.  No matter how dispensable she may seem, Claire remains to be a central part of Heroes as the character that can‘t die.  And judging from her new-found mission this season, she appears to be playing a larger role as the last hope for the fugitives. Read more »
For the past several weeks, the rumor mill has been churning out speculations that there‘s tension on the set of Heroes brought about by two of its cast members‘ recent split.  Hayden Panettiere, who plays Claire on the NBC series, is reportedly trying to get her former boyfriend and 31-year-old costar Milo Ventimiglia out of the show.  A mutual friend of the couple even told OK! Magazine that Panettiere is “making it difficult for everyone involved” as “she refuses to be on the set at the same time as him.” Naturally, Panettiere wasn‘t pleased with the idea that she‘s playing it dirty so she decided to finally break her silence. Read more »
James Kyson Lee has a lot to look forward to this season on Heroes, and we‘re happily along for the ride on his new Ando-cycle. After faithfully following Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) across the world and through the ages, now it‘s finally his character‘s turn to wield the power and save the day. For two seasons, we watched as the earnest and blunder-prone Japanese buddies made us laugh as they worked together to fulfill Hiro‘s destiny. But everything changed in Season Three, and now the sidekick-turned-Super Charger is taking the reigns, as a powerless Hiro struggles to accept his friend‘s newfound power and come to terms with his own vanished ability. We got an exclusive chance to talk to Lee about his role on Heroes, and the exciting new possibilities for the super-charged Ando. He spoke about where the new "Fugitives" arc will take our Heroes, how he and Masi work as a comedic team, and how he feels about superhero spandex. Read on for the full transcript. Read more »
On the next episode of Heroes called "Cold Snap," the identity of "Rebel" is finally revealed.  Elsewhere, Noah wants Danko to let Tracy go in the hope that she will lead them to Rebel and Hiro and Ando continue with the mission that Rebel entrusted to them, to keep the new hero safe.Heroes stars Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Milo Ventimiglia, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Zachary Quinto, and Ali Larter. Read more »
It‘s Heroes time, and we‘re about to see if the buzz for Bryan Fuller was worth it. I‘ve heard "Cold Snap" is the best episode since "Company Man." Let‘s find out...We open on Danko, shaving in his bathroom. (Remember, Sylar’s in the house!) Guess he never saw our villain. His alarm system goes off, saying “Front door open.” He gets out his gun and checks it out. He closes the door, and looks around, gun pointed. He then sees Doyle strapped up in a creepy puppet-esque way in his drapes, unconscious. He approaches and there’s a tag on the body that says, “My gift to you.” Just then, Doyle’s eyes open. Read more »
The biz was abuzz last night about the return of Heroes with writer Bryan Fuller, Pushing Daisies creator, scripting “Cold Snap.” And the episode definitely had that signature Fuller wit—I‘d venture to say the best writing we‘ve seen since Season One. So what came in with the cold front? The identity of Rebel was finally revealed, a speedy damsel was saved by the man who loves her, two clueless grown men dealt with diapers and danger, and a frosty politician finally used her powers to put evil on ice—and save a brave, brainy young man that I missed so much! Read more »
Despite the hype courtesy of returning season 1 producer Bryan Fuller, the latest episode of Heroes still failed to deliver – at least ratings-wise – as the NBC sci-fi series sinks to a new series low at 6.48 million viewers.  It‘s a shame, however, as “Cold Snap” received generally positive feedback from critics, some commenting that it showcased the show‘s best writing since its sterling first season.On that episode, the identity of Rebel was finally revealed (and most loved who it turned out to be), but more importantly, viewers noticed that the Heroes seemed more willing to use their powers, coupled with great acting, made the episode really stand out.Read ‘Heroes‘ Recap: Episode 3.20 "Cold Snap" here. Read more »
I‘ve often considered Angela Petrelli (Cristine Rose) as a character that Heroes can do without.  She‘s not as annoying as Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy) but she‘s not as significant as the other main characters either. As I‘ve mentioned before, an entire episode could pass and you won‘t even know she‘s missing. But Monday night‘s episode changed my mind. Suddenly, I saw the mother of Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) and Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) in a whole new light. Since the beginning of Heroes, Angela has always been depicted as a cunning figure engulfed in poise and sophistication.  However, in “Cold Snap,” viewers saw anxiety and desperation in her eyes, which was quite a breath of fresh air from her usual polished image.  If you missed the episode, you can read a recap in this article.  But in a nutshell, it puts the spotlight on Angela as she tries to run away from The Hunter‘s soldiers, implying that all Petrellis are fair game after Nathan revealed his power to Danko in “Shades of Gray.”  Initially, Angela avoids capture through a conveniently timed prophetic dream and manages to get some cash from her estranged friend but Danko‘s men eventually locate her to a nearby elevator where her son Peter flies her to safety.  The episode ends with Peter asking Angela, “So what do you want to do now?” at the top of the Statue of Liberty in New York. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:On Heroes‘ “Into Asylum” on March 30, Monday, 9pm, as the game of cat and mouse escalates, Danko finds himself a surprising new ally.  Emmy Award-winner Zeljiko Ivanek guest stars. Now that Nathan‘s (Adrian Pasdar) ability has been revealed and he has lost control of his operation, he and Claire (Hayden Panettiere) go into hiding in Mexico.  With Emile Danko (guest star Zeljko Ivanek) now in control of the government operation, his plan to destroy everyone with abilities is set into motion as he teams up with an unlikely partner.  Meanwhile, Angela (Cristine Rose) and Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) seek refuge in a church and begin to mend their broken relationship.  Kevin Alejandro also guest stars. Jack Coleman also stars. Read more »
Previously on Heroes: Peter and Angela went on the run from Danko’s agents, Nathan swept up Claire after both their secrets came to light, and Sylar left Danko a “present” in the form of Doyle, the pathological puppeteer. Nathan and Claire are in hiding in Mexico. Now that Danko knows about Nathan’s power, Claire’s free pass is up. They get a room in a hotel, but have almost no money. Claire is clearly uncomfortable with him, and she decides to take a walk, saying she’ll meet him at the cantina. Angela and Peter are also in hiding. Peter says he saved her because he wants answers, but she says she doesn’t have many, and she’s looking for some of her own. She asked him to take her to a cathedral “where she’s supposed to be.” It immediately starts to downpour as they run inside. Read more »
Last night on Heroes, we followed three unlikely duos: Peter and Angela sought peace in a NYC cathedral, Nathan and Claire bonded over tequila in Mexico, and Danko and Sylar tracked a shifty shape-shifter who used his power “to screw with people… or to just screw people.” But is this new development of Heroes’ two biggest hunters, government agent Danko and serial killer Sylar, now working together (while terrifying and titillating, indeed) actually plausible? Is Danko really so hell-bent on rounding up and killing all the Heroes, because he knows how “dangerous” they are, that he is willing to set aside his convictions to work alongside the most dangerous one of all? In a word: yes. (At least the writers certainly want us to believe so.) But why? Read more »
As everyone starts to feel the effects of the financial downturn, even television execs are trying to reconfigure their strategies to make the biggest bang for their buck.  That said, the $4 million-per-episode price tag for NBC’s Heroes may seem too much, some say, especially in light of its declining ratings.USA Today reports that other than the economy, the industry also suffers from a general drop in viewership, lower ad revenue, and escalating production costs.  As the audience for Heroes dropped 27 percent this season, it understandably caught the eye of NBC bigwigs. Read more »
If you‘ll recall, Season One Heroes writer Bryan Fuller (also of Pushing Daisies renown) recently triumphantly returned to steer the Heroes ship back on course, and made his writing debut with the episode 3.20 "Cold Snap," in which "Rebel" was revealed, and ice queen Tracy Strauss frozen everything in her path, took a bullet to the chest, and shattered. Forums and comments sections have been abuzz since: is Tracy immune to her own ice? Or did Danko‘s bullet put an end to her?Fuller spoke with SciFi Wire recently and confirmed that we will, indeed, see Ali Larter as Tracy Strauss again this season on Heroes. And not in a flashback. Fuller also revealed other teasers for the rest of "Fugitives." Read on for the spoilers, and what‘s to come for Tracy Strauss! Read more »
This week on Heroes, relationships were explored as our Heroes prepared to make their next move.  While the most interesting part of the episode was Sylar (Zachary Quinto) and Danko’s (Zeljko Ivanek) slightly unexpected alliance, Claire (Hayden Panettiere) and Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) also took the spotlight as they tried to mend their broken relationship.  If you missed Monday night’s broadcast, you can read a recap of “Into Asylum” here.Nathan and Claire were seeking refuge in Mexico where they tried to patch things up after Nathan admitted (in his drunken state) how much he regretted not being there for Claire and how things had gotten way out of hand with his government initiative.  By the end of the episode, these two had seemingly healed their wounds and left Mexico together with the intention of starting anew. Read more »
From NBC’s official press release:Relationships are tested as Danko takes the operation a whole new level, on Heroes.As Danko (guest star Zeljko Ivanek) spearheads the government operation, someone close to him is put in the line of fire. HRG’s (Jack Coleman) life continues to spiral out of control and his marriage is dangerously close to the breaking point. Meanwhile, Hiro (Masi Oka) and Ando (James Kyson Lee) continue their road trip with a special delivery for Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg). Elsewhere, Angela Petrelli (Cristine Rose) unearths the demons of her past. Hayden Panettiere, Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Milo Ventimiglia also star. Ashley Crow also guest stars. Read more »
Tonight on Heroes, we open on HRG examining “Sylar’s” dead body. Danko enters and guarantees that Sylar is dead—no pulse. HRG asks how he pulled it off, and Danko says it was a knife, which he replaced with a metal spike at the base of the skull. HRG recalls the glass shard that worked until it melted in the Primatech fire. HRG is thoughtful, and acknowledges how long he’s been hunting Sylar. Danko says it’s funny how quickly he was able to come in and do the job—maybe HRG didn’t want to catch Sylar after all. HRG says maybe Danko is just better at it. Then an assistant comes in and gives HRG an odd message—his wife is here. Danko smiles and says, “Send her up.”Hiro and Ando are driving a highway in Ohio, leaving messages for Parkman to no avail. They want to unite the Matt Parkmans, and will then find the baby’s mother. The baby starts to cry. He’s not wet or hungry, Hiro says, and they can’t figure out why he’s crying. The car stops and won’t start, and they can’t figure out why. Read more »
Check it out, Heroes haters: this show is good again. Bryan Fuller must have his own special power (could it be a super human ability to write logical story lines and spot-on dialogue?), because we’ve seen a marked shift in the tone and direction of the show. A good shift. With drama, and twists, and mystery, with the relationships and human element always at the forefront. This is the good stuff; Heroes’ bread and butter from Season One. Even Hayden Panettiere, despite her best bad-acting and ugly-wig efforts, hasn’t spoiled much of the fun. Can Bryan Fuller carry Heroes on his back all the way to a larger-than-life finale, with blood and guts and an epic death that we’ve been promised? I now believe he can. As long as Coyote Sands doesn’t turn too mystical-sci-fi-voodoo-virus-genocide on us, and Sylar keeps doing his psycho shape shifter thing, what could go wrong? I just wanted to establish some uncharacteristic optimism before I get into one of my typical Heroes rants. But here we go.What’s the deal with Hiro and Ando, you guys? Read more »
As Bryan Fuller returns to the beleaguered NBC sci-fi series Heroes, the creator of the departed Pushing Daisies says he fears that his beloved show has been damaged so harshly it is now irreparable.“I was just concerned the wheel had been jerked so sharply in the wrong direction,” Fuller tells Sci-Fi Wire.  “[Especially] with what had worked about the first season, which was ordinary people with extraordinary powers.  Everything ordinary about their lives went out the window, and everything was extraordinary.  That was my frustration." Read more »
“Turn and Face the Strange” certainly laid the groundwork for what could be a very interesting third season ender for Heroes.  Thanks to Angela Petrelli (Cristine Rose), we were left with a major mystery about the Coyote Sands project, which will unravel in the coming episodes as the show flashes back to her past and the events that happened there.  Although I’m looking forward to digging up some answers for this new mystery, I’m more excited to follow Sylar (Zachary Quinto) and HRG (Jack Coleman) as they become mortal (if you can call Sylar that) enemies.Since the beginning of Heroes, Sylar has served as the primary villain of the show, with HRG on his tail trying to capture him, initially as part of his job as a Company agent.  Over the years, however, the war between Sylar and HRG has become more and more personal. Read more »
Three episodes remain until the Heroes Season 3 finale, with this Monday’s Episode 3.23 “1961” promising to unearth long-lost truths about Angela’s past and the mystery of Coyote Sands. But many Heroes viewers are looking one step ahead. New promotional photos from NBC for the second to last episode, Episode 3.24 “I Am Sylar,” reveal Sylar (Zachary Quinto) pulling his trademark move on Senator Nathan Petrelli (Adrian Pasdar). Finger to skull, the Season Three shapeshifting villain looks poised to cut open the skull of the season’s other “villain” of sorts, in his congressional office.  The news that one series regular will die this season on Heroes, and that the death will “stick,” has been out for months. But would NBC release these photos if the character in question were Nathan? Read more »
From NBC’s official press release:The haunting secrets of Angela Petrelli’s past can’t stay buried forever. Diana Scarwid, Alexa Nikolas, Laura Marano, Ravi Kapoor, Casey Kringlen, H. Michael Croner and Edwin Hodge guest star. Read more »
Previously on Heroes: Something happened at Coyote Sands that haunts Angela, made Chandra Suresh scream in his sleep, and left an unknown number of dead in shallow graves that the Petrellis and Bennets are now digging up.Back at the abandoned site, the group continues digging. Peter snaps at Nathan, and storms off from the graves. Claire follows and tries to tell him that Nathan is trying to amend for what he’s done, and he needs their support. Peter questions if Nathan has just charmed her like he does everyone else. He goes to find Angela and confronts her, asking for answers of what happened on the site. They still don’t know why they are there. She looks back… Read more »
Last night, viewers got a glimpse of Angela’s past as she revealed the dark secrets that have haunted her for years. And as Heroes enters its final two episodes, more mysteries will come to light while the lines are being drawn for a multi-hero crossing of paths at the mysterious Coyote Sands.  But that’s not all we can expect as the season comes to a close.  Cast member Greg Grunberg reveals that after his character Matt Parkman reunited with the son he never knew he had, Matt will have a whole new set of priorities in the remaining episodes and beyond.Warning: May contain spoilers. Read more »
We’ve all heard the saying, “those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.” Last night’s Heroes engaged us in a drawn-out but important history lesson on the origins of the Company and its methods, as well as a rare peek into Angela Petrelli’s vulnerabilities and motivations. As you might imagine in a flashback-loaded educational episode, there was a whole lot of talking going on. So: what did we learn? Read more »
In “1961,” we learned about Angela’s (Cristine Rose) dark past that has haunted her for years. Basically, the government was already rounding up people with abilities during the ‘60s under the supervision of Mohinder’s (Sendhil Ramamurthy) father but the operation went out of hand and ended tragically, leaving Angela, Charles Deveaux, Bob Bishop and Daniel Linderman as survivors who eventually founded The Company so that history won’t repeat itself.  Angela’s sister, Alice, who has the power to control the weather, was also revealed to have survived the catastrophe.  And more interestingly, we saw Sylar (Zachary Quinto) as he posed as Senator Nathan Pertrelli (Adrian Pasdar) on TV, pledging to bring about changes in the country. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:Sylar‘s new ability begins to take its toll on him.Emmy Award-winner Zeljko Ivanek, Noah Gray-Cabey and Clint Howard guest star. Read more »
Last time on Heroes: The Bennets and Petrellis saw Sylar on TV acting as Senator Nathan Petrelli, hoping to meet with the President. Tonight: 18 hours earlier.In Washington D.C.: Agent Taub (the identity Danko told Sylar to assume) wakes up and looks in the mirror. "Why does this keep happening?" he asks. It‘s Sylar. He changes back into himself, reaches into his mouth and pulls out a tooth. "Who are you?" he asks the mirror. Read more »
Tim Kring, Bryan Fuller, and the rest of the Heroes crew have always spoken openly about their show as an investigation of identity. Characters who discover they have superhuman abilities in turn must discover what it means to be human. It‘s easy to see this theme played out throughout the series, but last night‘s episode, "I Am Sylar," was about as explicit as we could get an exploration of what makes a person, as Sylar struggled against losing himself to his shapeshifting ability.  I‘ve never quite come down on either side of the fence when it comes to Sylar. On the one hand, I have always appreciated the depth of his character‘s past and his twisted motivations, as well as Zachary Quinto‘s almost spotless portrayal throughout. He commands every scene, and is still capable of giving me shivers three seasons in.  Read more »
This Monday on the Volume 4 "Fugitives" finale, someone is going to die. Someone we‘ve known since Season One.And it‘s going to be shocking. That‘s the core of the mess that you can expect to unfold in "An Invisible Thread," but we all know Heroes doesn‘t let its characters, or viewers, off so simply.Can‘t wait for Monday to see it all unfold? After the jump, check out 3 NBC sneak peeks of the finale, PLUS clips of interviews with Cristine Rose, Greg Grunberg, Milo Ventimiglia, and Zachary Quinto about the Season 3 finale and where we will pick up in Season 4. You don‘t want to miss these! Read more »
Who‘s getting killed on the season 3 finale of Heroes? That‘s what seems to be on everyone‘s mind.  Although many believe that it‘s going to be Nathan, seeing that the series is seemingly headed towards the "Five Years Gone" future, fans will have to stay tuned to find out when Heroes wraps up on April 27. Meanwhile, I‘m contemplating on something I stumbled upon on this week‘s TV Guide issue. It‘s about an article written by Michael Logan on the episode "An Invisible Thread" and Sylar‘s unholy courtship of Claire. Warning: This article may contain spoilers!!! Read more »
Heroes will definitely be back next season despite the decline in ratings. However, NBC is planning a shorter season, trimming down the previous 25 episodes to a run of 18 to 20 installments for the fourth season. Additionally, the network is also looking at running the season in one long block, similar to 24 on FOX or Lost on ABC. That means fans can expect those episodes to run closer together in order to minimize storyline interruptions. "The serialized action-adventure dramas, if you think about Lost and especially 24, making it once a year makes it that much more special -- and it also saves you money if you have fewer episodes," said Shari Ann Brill, senior VP-director of programming at Aegis Group‘s Carat. Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:As Volume 4: Fugitives comes to a close, the fight to stop Sylar has consequences that will change everything. Emmy Award-winner Zeljko Ivanek and Michael Dorn guest star. Read more »
The hype surrounding Zachary Quinto‘s portrayal of Spock in the big screen reboot of Star Trek has got Heroes fans all excited for the May 8 premiere. Will Quinto give justice to the sci-fi Vulcan? While supporters of the sci-fi franchise will have to wait just a few more days to find out, Leonard Nimoy, the actor who originally played Spock, already gives his assurance that the Heroes actor nailed the role. "Zachary Quinto is a very intelligent actor, and he‘s serious about his work, and he looks enough like me to make the whole thing work," Nimoy told The Boston Globe about the Heroes actor‘s role in the upcoming Star Trek film from director J.J. Abrams. Read more »
After playing antagonist Sylar on Heroes for three years, Zachary Quinto is eager to make his feature film debut as Star Trek‘s Spock. But filling the shoes once occupied by legendary sci-fi figure, Leonard Nimoy, is easier said than done. The challenge: transform his look and provide his own unique take on the character that catapulted the original actor into a pop-culture icon. Quinto, who came of age in the Star Wars generation, which is a decade after Star Trek‘s TV debut, wasn‘t exactly a Star Trek fan. But he had all the help he could get. To get into the role, he researched Star Trek extensively and, more importantly, turned to Nimoy who "was so available and supportive" as well as open to his questions about the impact Spock had on Nimoy‘s life.  Read more »
Heroes concluded its third season with a finale that will either make or break the series. If you missed "An Invisible Thread," you can read the recap here. In a nutshell, Sylar (Zachary Quinto) kills Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) while HRG (Jack Coleman), Angela (Cristine Rose) and Matt (Greg Grunberg) cover up Nathan‘s death by erasing Sylar‘s memory to make him think that he is Nathan. The season ended in a seemingly clear-cut direction, but with some confusing consequences that are causing discord in the Heroes fanbase. Was the season 3 finale the final straw for Heroes skeptics, or was it the beginning of a great new volume?  Read more »
I couldn‘t help being reminded of Dollhouse (Joss Whedon‘s current FOX show about blank-slate people programmed with different personalities) while watching last night‘s season finale of Heroes, in which a shocking turn of events occurred that essentially turned Sylar into a Whedon-esque doll: after Sylar kills Nathan and then Peter tranquilizes Sylar, Angela and HRG convince Matt Parkman to use his mind control powers to wipe Sylar‘s personality away and "program" him (sans machines) with Nathan‘s personality and memories. In a seemingly intuitive self-alignment, Sylar uses his shapeshifting power to physically become Nathan, then wakes up, a reprogrammed person with no memory of his past life. But as the Volume 5 teaser illustrates (and as Whedon‘s Dollhouse explores thoroughly through its own characters), reprogramming a person is not a seamless process, and certain residues of the original are bound to remain--and reemerge--in the brain. Thus, Sylar (now Nathan) retains his eerie ability to diagnose faulty timepieces, and Angela seems to rightly worry that other, more unsavory characteristics of Sylar‘s past identity will begin to surface, even as he still believes he is Nathan Petrelli. Read more »
Tonight on the Heroes Season Finale: A Season One regular will die, Nathan and Sylar will face off, and Hiro and Ando will try to take down Building 26. And a whole lot more! Read on for the full account of the end of Heroes Volume 4, "Fugitives," plus the teaser for Volume 5, "Redemption."We open on Matt Parkman, who is traveling back toward Washington D.C. to help Hiro and Ando take down Danko‘s gang of hero hunters.Outside Arlington, HRG, Claire and Angela pass construction workers who are actually a cover for waiting agents ahead. Angela wakes up in the back seat from a dream about Nathan. "He‘s... in trouble." She says. HRG realizes that they‘ve just passed through a trap. He stops the car and tells Claire and Angela to run 2 miles into the city while he buys them time. He gives Claire a cell phone and tells them to get to Nathan. He tells Claire he loves her, and the women leave as he drives toward the roadblock. He‘s stopped by officers, and armed agents surround the vehicle. Read more »
Unless you‘ve been living under a rock these past few days, you probably already know that Tracy is not dead. Writer Bryan Fuller has already confirmed that Heroes won‘t be doing yet another cliche sci-fi storytelling element with clones so it‘s safe to assume that the Ali Larter we saw in the "Redemption" volume teaser is not her sister Barbara. And if you‘ve seen the season 3 finale, you‘d know that she‘s definitely back with a vengeance. Last time we saw Tracy was in "Cold Snap," in which she uses her freezing ability to kill the agents and, in the process, sacrifices herself to help Micah escape just like Niki Sanders did at the end of volume 2. Danko arrives and shoots the frozen Tracy, causing her to shatter into many pieces, although a fraction of Tracy‘s face is shown, where her right eye can be seen blinking. Read more »
After watching the third season finale, fans are now pondering on how Heroes season 4 will play out. We all know that the next volume is called Redemption and will begin six weeks after Fugitives, and we‘ve also seen the prelude that features Tracy (Ali Larter), who now has the ability to take the form of water and is hunting down former agents of Building 26. More importantly, Sylar (Zachary Quinto) has been compelled to believe he is Nathan. Obviously, last season‘s ender sets up an epic internal battle between Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) and Sylar. The question is: who‘s going to be in control? Read more »
NBC unveiled their slate of programs for the 2009-2010 season this morning.  Six new pilots were picked up (two comedies, four dramas).  NBC failed to concoct an actual day-by-day schedule for the Fall - they are expected to release that schedule within a couple of weeks.  Not mentioned during NBC‘s announcement this morning were the likes of Chuck, Medium, My Name is Earl, Law & Order and Life.  Some of those series could get picked up for mid-season.  As of right now, the fall schedule looks filled to the brim, especially when you consider that Jay Leno‘s new show will be taking up five hours of prime-time per week.  For Chuck fans, the wait continues, although the forecast isn‘t terribly bright.  Shows picked up for next season include Parks and Recreation, Southland and Heroes.  NBC has also ordered six more episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday for the Fall.  Here‘s a rundown of the six new shows from NBC: Read more »
We already know about Zachary Quinto‘s eyebrow makeover and we‘ve already heard about the extensive work he went through in order to provide his own unique take on Spock, as well as his good relationship with sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy. But what‘s it really like to step onto the Enterprise? The Heroes shares his Star Trek experience in an interview with Parade Magazine.  Read more »
Hayden Panettiere, who plays Claire Bennet on NBC‘s Heroes, has candidly expressed her desire to start a family- somewhere farther along the road. She‘s only 19 but the young actress seems to have clear idea of what she wants for the future and how to go about it responsibly. "I want a family," the Heroes actress told OK! magazine. "I want kids. I actually want a lot of kids. Not like ten, like four. And if it‘s something that you go, ‘Oh I can‘t wait to be a mom,‘ that‘s great, but think about it for your child and go, ‘I want to be a mom but I want to be the best mom I can be. And the only way to be the best mom I can be is by waiting until I‘m no longer a child and waiting until I can teach them the best morals and raise them the best I can with a good education and a good platform. ‘" Read more »
Zachary Quinto has not one but two action figures to his resume: one as Heroes‘ Sylar and the other as Star Trek‘s Spock. It‘s a rare feat and a little strange especially when both action figures have interchangeable body parts. "It‘s a little weird. Both of my action figures have detachable hands. I‘m not sure what that‘s suggestive of. You can take the hands off...you can put Sylar‘s hand on Spock," the Heroes actor told Ellen when he stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about his new role in new movie Star Trek. Read more »
Heroes creator Tim Kring and writer Bryan Fuller have already given some clues on what‘s in store for season 4. You can check it out in this article. Basically, they are describing "Redemption" as a brave new era for the show. And why wouldn‘t it be? After all, the casting breakdowns that are making the rounds in Hollywood nowadays suggest that the NBC drama‘s new volume will bear a passing resemblance to HBO‘s Carnivale.A 24-episode series that aired from September 2003 to March 2005, Carnivale was set in the United States during the Great Depression and revolved around the lives to two disparate groups of people while depicting the battle between good and evil, and the struggle between free will and destiny. It‘s an odd series and was a bit frustrating to follow but it‘s unique and nothing like I‘ve ever seen before.  Read more »
Hayden Panettiere, who plays Claire Bennet on Heroes, has seemingly found herself a new man. Word on the street is that the 19-year-old actress is now dating 32-year-old Welsh TV presenter Steve Jones after being spotted frolicking in the South of France on the Neuro yacht. This is the second day in a row that Panettiere and Jones were spotted together on a boat. The couple was also seen on Elton John‘s partner David Furnish‘s boat.This dating rumor has yet to be confirmed but if it‘s true, then it would probably put to rest yet another rumor involving the Heroes actress. Earlier this month, Panettiere was spotted with her Heroes co-star Adrian Pasdar, who plays Nathan, her on-screen biological father on the NBC drama. The two had a very private lunch at Katsuya in Hollywood and were the only two allowed to dine in the restaurant during their three-hour stay. The "couple" reportedly left the upscale eatery arm-in-arm all the way to the car. Read more »
After being plagued by rumors of her off-screen romance, Heroes star Hayden Panettiere is heading to the big screen for more.  She‘s been slated to star in a high-school comedy titled I Love You, Beth Cooper with Paul Rust, and is thrilled about it. The story of secret desires revolves around a high-school‘s geeky valedictorian, Denis Cooverman, proclaiming his love for the most popular girl in school during his graduation speech.  While I Love You, Beth Cooper is a bit similar to Panettiere‘s role as Claire Bennet on the NBC series, she was still excited to promote the film.  The actress started off an online campaign for the movie, inviting other fans to reveal their secrets through a video. Read more »
Peter Petrelli has been practically powerless in the last chapter of Heroes but at least his portrayer, Milo Ventimiglia, is working on a new project that would showcase the mightiest forces of the science fiction world. The question of "who would win in a battle between Darth Vader and Gandalf?" will be answered as the Heroes actor dramatizes such epic battles for a web series called Ultradome.According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ultradome will pit fictional figures against one another in an arena environment. Considering the promise of a special effects showdown, the web series sounds pretty cool. However, there‘s a catch: Instead of watching computer graphic versions of Superman and Spiderman, the series will feature two fans dressed up as the character they‘re rooting for as they settle hypothetical disputes in a showdown. Still, fans will be able to see Ventimiglia as the frontrunner and co-producer of the series. Read more »
Hope is not entirely lost, Heroes fans! Redemption is on the way and promises to be "a brave new era for the show," according to writer Bryan Fuller. But before we even ponder on what the series has in store for us, let‘s look back at the darkest chapter in the history of Heroes.Season 3 consisted of two volumes. The first was Villains, which opened with two one-hour episodes and was preceded by a one-hour broadcast of the red carpet premiere, with clips from the past seasons and previews of the upcoming season, along with interviews with the series cast and crew. After a disappointing sophomore season, many hoped that villains would revive the show to its old glory but the badass title didn‘t exactly live up to all the hype. Read more »
After its initial announcement last month about the shows it would pick up, today NBC revealed its official 2009-2010 schedule and also made several official cancellations.My Name is Earl and Medium are both gone, though there are possibilities that both shows could be picked up by rival networks.  For My Name is Earl, it‘s especially difficult since the season ended with a cliffhanger.More Fall Lineups:FOXABCNBCCBSThe CW Read more »
As Heroes goes back to work to begin shooting its fourth season, clues were already rife in terms of how the saved NBC series will approach its new volume "Redemption."  Judging from the array of characters it was on a lookout for, Heroes fans anticipate the sci-fi series to resemble HBO series Carnivale, complete with a character that will start out small then grow."Redemption," which was confirmed early last month despite dwindling ratings, is set to begin six weeks after "Fugitives."  As seen in the prelude, Tracy‘s (Ali Larter) ability has evolved (again) allowing her to further manipulate water. In other casting news, Heroes is currently looking for a 20-something actress to play the hearing-impaired love interest of a main character, in addition to the show‘s "own Ellen Page" to play Claire‘s (Hayden Panettiere) quirky college roommate and an "Andre Braugher" to play Matt‘s (Greg Grunberg) partner and mentor. Read more »
Looks like Heroes is getting injected with a lot--a hell lot.  Four names have been thrown into the pot and set to play roles in the upcoming fourth season of the show.First up is a familiar villain, at least to those who have seen Prison Break: Robert Knepper has signed on to play Samuel, previous referred to as the "Carnival Barker" in previous releases.  For at least six episodes, we‘ll see this charismatic guy wreck havoc on all the heroes by peeking into all of their lives.  That, and he‘s evil, and he‘s got a very wicked sense of humor. Read more »
Latest Heroes News>>Word on the street is that Heroes might head for yet another soapy turn when it returns for its fourth season. As reported previously, four new faces will surface on the show, including Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper, Ray Park of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, The L Word‘s Deanne Bray and Californication‘s Madeline Zuma. The new batch of actors who will attempt to perk up the series has certainly left most fans optimistic for the Redemption volume. But will fans still stick around when Heroes starts brewing a lesbian plot?  Read more »
Psych is getting the Bollywood treatment when the series returns for its fourth season on the USA network. Sendhil Ramamurthy, who plays Mohinder Suresh on Heroes---his biggest role yet, has signed on to join the cast of Psych in at least one installment. Evidently, Ramamurthy and Psych director Jay Chandrasekhar are cousins, and they are both appearing in an episode entitled "Bollywood Homicide."According to E! online, which first reported the news, the Heroes actor  will play Raj, "a young man who believes that the firstborn in each generation of his family is cursed--a belief reinforced by the fact that bad things keep happening to all of his girlfriends." Read more »
Heroes has stumbled on yet another roadblock. Bryan Fuller, the man who was supposed to save the troubled series, has decided to leave the NBC show once again, consequently vacating his post as consulting producer. Based on past interviews, Fuller seemed very upbeat about the upcoming fourth season of Heroes. So why did he quit just a few months after he returned to the show with much fanfare? Evidently, Fuller‘s departure has to do with time constraints and his upcoming projects, and not due to any creative differences with Heroes creator Tim Kring--- as some have speculated. Read more »
NBC has already announced the premiere dates for its fall shows, kicking off the highly anticipated, The Jay Leno Show, on Monday, September 14 at 10pm---a week before the official start of the 2009-10 TV season. The Biggest Loser will also get an early start this fall as it kicks off the news season with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, September 15.  Read more »
Tonight, Heroes wraps up its third season (and the end of Volume 4, "Fugitives") with "An Invisible Thread." As the resident BuddyTV Heroes reviewer this season, it‘s a bittersweet moment for me. All season I‘ve tried (and mostly failed) to strike a balance between cautious optimism and light-hearted denigration of my once-favorite show, and irritated a lot of hardcore, never-wavering devotees in the process. Wearied by the impossible task of pleasing those who watch because they love and those who watch because they love to hate, I was once all too ready to see this season end. But now that I finally have thoroughly nice things to say about Heroes, it‘s over! Bittersweet, guys. Quite bittersweet.I had a chance to preview the Season 3 finale episode of Heroes, which airs tonight at 9 PM on NBC. I can‘t give too much (or anything, really) away, but I will do my best to give you some real reasons to watch, and to look forward to next season. All out of the mouth of someone who once vowed she‘d never watch Heroes again.  Read more »
Everyone involved with Heroes is aware that the show is off track. After enjoying critical acclaim, big ratings, and fanfare through all of Season One, something--maybe it was that big Petrelli Brothers explosion in the sky at the end of that season finale--unaligned, ever so slightly, the fabric of the Heroes universe. Whatever it was, the general consensus was that Heroes had lost its magic, and hardcore fans have been jumping off the train left and right ever since. Everyone had his own breaking point. For some, it was a general time-space confusion, or inconsistent writing. Some jumped after Hiro‘s extended adventure in feudal Japan in Season Two; others held on until they saw a big vat of magic red jello called "the formula" in Season Three. But life is even harder for those of us still on the Heroes train, who spend so much time defending, attacking and endlessly debating the remaining merits of the show that we can‘t even enjoy the genuinely good episodes--even when the magic seems to have reappeared, the pressure for an epic comeback is too great. Read more »

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