'Heroes' Season 2 Tidbits from Tim Kring, Masi Oka

by Paul William Tenny

TV.com has lots of information, such as a reminder that the first season of Heroes will be released on DVD this month, August 28th. You can pre-order the standard definition box set, or the HD-DVD box set right now. Sorry, no Blu-Ray. This all comes from a conference call NBC Universal held recently with showrunner Tim Kring and Masi Oka. They talked about how Oka's character Hiro wasn't in the original pilot script, but was added later to lighten things up a bit. Obviously Kring had no idea that Hiro and Ando would be so popular with the fans, and I'm right in the boat with everybody else. I loved Hiro right from the beginning.

Lots of stuff in the call to go over, like another guest star in season two that is another genre player, like George Takei, that'll show up in season two. They won't say who of course, and I doubt it'll stay secret for long. People knew about Takei and Eric Roberts before their episodes aired. I didn't happen to catch anything about Malcolm McDowell, but I didn't watch the second half of the season as it aired on NBC so that's not much of a surprise. I watched the entire second half of the season in one shot on my DVR, not more than a month ago or so.
Apparently Tim Kring was surprised that Heroes got an Emmy nomination for best drama, but to be honest, it wasn't exactly a crowded genre this year. No other drama series stood out like Heroes did, even if Lost regularly beat it in the ratings, they've got their own problems. Also, winning is an entirely different deal than just getting a nod. The Sopranos bowed out this year which is going to give it an unfair advantage over the other series, because people are invariably going to judge it as a series rather than a season, which I think is lame.

I also think Battlestar Galatica should have taken home one of these things already, but that's another story.

Kring goes on to note that while the new villian for season two will make his debut sometime in the first half of the season, the character hasn't been cast yet. Though this is not mentioned, there's every possibility that we haven't seen the last of Zachary Quinto's character, Sylar. I certainly hope not, bad guys like that don't come along very often, and neither do actors that can absorb the part and make it real like Quinto has done.

For those who haven't heard the news - all two of you - Quinto has been cast in Paramounts latest Trek feature film, the one being directed by J. J. Abrams. He'll be playing Spock, which I think is just a fantastic choice. It'll be hard for me to look at his face and not see Sylar, but I'm sure his acting talents will take care of that. I hope.

You can hit up this story on tv.com for more goodies, though I've included most of the good parts like any self-respecting thief would.


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