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    'HEROES' Season 2 - Possible Spoilers

    'Heroes' set a challenge for crew

    Multiple locations, difficult effects make for a complicated shoot

    'Heroes' crew juggles globe-hopping plotlines with a TV budget.

    By Thomas McLean
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    June 8, 2007

    Saving the cheerleader to save the world is the high-stakes onscreen mission for NBC's freshman series "Heroes," but it's even more challenging for the cast and crew to bring it to life.

    "It's as big as two shows in some ways," says Tim Kring, creator and exec producer.

    Globe-trotting stories aside, the show has yet to venture beyond the studio zone, shooting on location nearby as much as half the time and maximizing its resources to re-create the look of Tokyo, Las Vegas, India, New York and Texas.

    "The intention was always to make it feel like it was bigger in scope than it really was by having a story that took place in a global environment," Kring says. "And so we now have the ability on a TV budget to place us in downtown New York with a virtual back lot that is reasonable to do on a television budget."

    For the final episode of its first season, the cast and crew set up in downtown Los Angeles in the courtyard at Arco Plaza -- redressed as Kirby Plaza in honor of comicbook artist Jack Kirby -- to film the final showdown with the villainous Sylar, played by Zachary Quinto.

    The large production at Arco Plaza gets under way after dark. Exec producer Allan Arkush directs, referring constantly to a large binder of storyboards -- many of them marked with colored tags indicating visual effects. They start with actors Ali Larter, Leonard Roberts and child actors Noah Gray-Cabey and Adair Tishler. Later scenes involve a showdown between Sylar and Masi Oka's Hiro Nakamura.

    A veteran TV director, Arkush says the biggest challenge on "Heroes" is its complexity. "It feels like you're shooting four or five different shows a month because the cast is so split up," he explains.

    It's complex technically, too. The previous night's shoot at the Arco Plaza included a scene of a parking meter flying across the courtyard that will be done in CG, and later scenes will feature more visual effects with a glowing, explosive character named Ted. "And you still have to do 25 to 35 setups per day," Arkush notes.

    For the cast in particular, this was a special episode because their disparate plotlines rarely assemble them all in one place. In addition, other actors were wrapping up their commitments to the show's first season.

    "For us, it's really fun," says, Greg Grunberg, (Matt Parkman in the series), who has shown up on set even though he has no scenes to shoot. He adds the show is complex for the actors as well: For example, in this episode, he notes, his character is shot and wounded but his scenes were shot in reverse order.

    Other cast members mill about the set awaiting their call, including Sendhil Ramamurthy, Malcolm McDowell and Jack Coleman. Roberts, made up with fake blood, says not knowing what the other actors are doing has its benefits. "That's what great about the show: I can watch it like a fan."

    Co-exec producer Jeph Loeb hovers over the shooting, doing such things as answering Arkush's questions about dialogue. Loeb comes to the show from stints on "Lost" and "Smallville." He also has been a fan-favorite comicbook writer for nearly 20 years, turning out hits for Marvel and DC. His frequent collaborator, Tim Sale, is responsible for the prescient artwork painted on the show by Isaac Mendes.

    Many comparisons are made to "Lost," but Loeb says "Heroes" is a very different show. "Because our shows are more character-driven, our dependence on plot is not as heavy," he asserts. "On a conceptual level, it's a much wider net that we can cast."

    Loeb adds he is pleased with how the first season wraps up. "Ninety percent of questions asked in the pilot are answered," he says. That still leaves things wide open for the second season, which was already being planned early on, to change things up by possibly doing shorter story arcs and altering the mix of characters.

    The show is a demanding one for the crew. The sets that production designer Ruth Ammon builds at Sunset-Gower studios are often as long as 80 feet to 100 feet. They also need to accommodate the show's unusual visual language, which pays tribute to comicbook storytelling by using low angles that require sets to have ceilings and extra setups to get coverage. "Every episode is an interesting new journey," she says.

    Kring says bringing over crew members from "Crossing Jordan" has helped the show tremendously through the efficiency that comes from working with familiar people. "This show is running in a very lean kind of way, and it's all ending up on the screen," he says.
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    Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

    More New Characters in Heroes




    The LA Daily News reports that shooting starts next week on the second season of "Heroes" and that the show is casting for several possible recurring characters.

    The include: a pretty and kind elementary school teacher; a hippie-ish high school chemistry teacher; a Kinko's store manager; a small-time Irish mobster; and a California high school girl who isn't especially athletic.



    Source: LA Daily News
    June 13, 2007
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    Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

    Filming for season 2 begins next week.


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    Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

    NBC, Nissan Sign Multiplatform Heroes Deal

    NBC signed a comprehensive multiplatform marketing deal with Nissan involving the second season of hit drama Heroes.

    John Consoli
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    JUNE 13, 2007 -

    NBC has done a comprehensive multiplatform marketing deal with Nissan, through its media agency OMD, involving the second season of the network’s hit drama Heroes.

    The deal encompasses product integration, off-channel platforms, wireless applications, traditional TV commercials and on-air and online sponsorships.

    The campaign will begin with the season premiere of Heroes this fall, which will be exclusively sponsored by Nissan. The show will contain a limited number of Nissan commercials. In the season premiere, the Nissan Rogue, the company’s new CUV, will be integrated into the episode and will be driven by one of the lead characters in the show.

    Nissan will also roadblock the entire premiere episode of Heroes on NBC Rewind for 24 hours after the show airs on the network, the first time an advertiser has executed this type of promotion on NBC Rewind.

    In addition to on-air commercials, Nissan will also promote the Rogue in sponsorship of a Heroes music video and the Season One DVD release. The Rogue will also be promoted on NBC’s wireless platforms and will sponsor the Heroes 360 WAP sites.

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    Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

    Look at this:



    © Shizuo Kambayashi/AP Riyo Mori


    Miss Universe Hoping for `Heroes' Role
    Jun 11, 1:33 PM EST


    The Associated Press
    TOKYO -- Less than a month after being crowned Miss Universe, Riyo Mori is hoping to land another job — a role on the NBC sci-fi series "Heroes."

    "As soon as I won Miss Universe I had this big chance," Mori said in an interview Monday. "I've never acted before. I went to the casting audition and read a script in English and Japanese, and they said it was really good. So I hope I can be in the show."

    Mori said the role of Yaeko would be a love interest for one of the main characters on "Heroes."
    The 20-year-old dancer won the 2007 Miss Universe contest in Mexico City last month. The only other time Japan has won the pageant was in 1959, when Akiko Kojima became the first Miss Universe from Asia.

    "I'm only here for a week, then it's back to New York" and a tour around the world, Mori said.

    "It's funny because I've never been surrounded by so many people, so many cameras," she said. "Japanese people never cared about beauty pageants before. But this is a huge thing in Japan now."

    Mori said she's hoping to devote herself to her new role — which includes being a spokeswoman for AIDS issues.

    Mori, who has been dancing since she was 4, said she was encouraged to enter the competition by her grandmother.

    "I thought I needed something for my life, something different," she said. "Miss Universe isn't all about beauty. It's about serving people, too."

    Mori, who lived in Canada for three years and studied classical ballet, said her goal after finishing her year as Miss Universe is to open a dance school. Her mother was also a dancer.

    She said the long years she spent training in dance helped build her character, and that appealed to the judges.

    "I think I have a samurai soul," she said. "I'm very patient, and I can serve others."

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    Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

    D'Agosto joins ranks of 'Heroes'

    By Nellie Andreeva
    The Hollywood Reporter
    June 18, 2007

    Nick D'Agosto has landed a major recurring role on NBC's hit sci-fi drama "Heroes" for next season.

    On the Universal Media Studios series, he will play Claire's (Hayden Panettiere) boyfriend, West, who is said to have "a very cool superpower."

    D'Agosto is the second new addition to the cast of "Heroes" for next season, joining recently appointed new regular Dania Ramirez.

    This past development season, D'Agosto co-starred opposite Marisa Tomei in CBS' comedy pilot "The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud." Last year, he played the male lead opposite Mena Suvari in another CBS pilot, the drama "Orpheus."

    D'Agosto will next be seen in the indie "Rocket Science," which premiered to strong reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
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    Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

    Legion of super-'Heroes'
    Series adds six recurring roles

    By Nellie Andreeva
    The Hollywood Reporter
    June 20, 2007

    NBC's sci-fi drama "Heroes" is casting a wide net for next season, tapping Barry Shabaka Henley, Holt McCallany, "Alias" alum David Anders, Japanese pop star and actress Eriko Tamura, Lyndsy Fonseca and Dianna Agron for recurring roles.

    Anders will play the most intriguing part, that of the ancient samurai warrior Takezo Kensei, Hiro Nakamura's (Masi Oka) childhood hero. While never seen during "Heroes' " first season, Kensei played a key part in the show's plot. Hiro spent most of the season trying to get ahold of Kensei's sword, which he hoped would help him in his quest to save the world.

    In another Japanese connection, Tamura will play a Japanese princess.

    Henley will play Detective Fuller, a New York police officer. McCallany will play Ricky, the ringleader of a group of Irish thugs.

    Fonseca and Agron will play beautiful cheerleaders in Southern California, where Claire (Hayden Panettiere) is expected to move. Fonseca's character April is sweet, while Agron's Debbie is a mean girl.
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    "Heroes" extends Henley's relationship with NBC and Universal Media Studios. This past development season, he co-starred on David Shore's drama pilot for the network, which was produced by UMS. The actor, who next appears in the feature "The Horsemen," is repped by Bauman, Redanty & Shaul Agency and Rugolo Entertainment.

    McCallany, who has been developing a feature that he is looking to direct, next appears in the feature "Vantage Point." He is repped by APA, manager Dave Fleming at Mosaic Media Group and attorney Rick Genow.

    Anders, who played Julian Sark on ABC's "Alias," recently guest-starred on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." He also plays the title role in the feature "Eli." He is repped by SMS and Liberman/Zerman Management.

    Tamura has starred in more than 15 Japanese features and TV series and has released 10 albums there. She made her English-language debut in the 2006 feature "Surf School."

    The six join Nick d'Agosto, who recently landed a recurring role on "Heroes" next season, as well as Dania Ramirez, who was cast as a new regular.
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    Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

    TELEVISION & RADIO
    'Heroes' stars are coming to a country near you

    Martin Miller
    Los Angeles Times
    June 22, 2007

    On tour
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    Promote the DVD, save the world? Or maybe the global economy?

    NBC's break-out hit from last season, "Heroes" will send forth its cast to half a dozen or more major international cities this summer to push sales for the Aug. 28 DVD and HD DVD release of the show's first season. In keeping with the show's international flavor, cast members will make appearances in Tokyo; Hong Kong; Singapore; Munich, Germany; Paris; London; and New York. Other international cities are expected to join the list before the weeklong tour — also designed to attract viewers for the show's second season — begins.

    International trips for television casts are rare, but "Heroes' " great success, both in foreign countries and on the Internet, helped greenlight the unusual proposal from series creator and executive producer Tim Kring.

    "Clearly, 'Heroes' has struck a chord with people around the world," Kring said at a Thursday morning press conference.
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    Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

    Thanks for all of the updates ALIASd!!! I can't wait for next season to start!!!

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    Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

    Heroes Scoop: Cheerleader Exits, D.L. MIA and More!


    Leonard Roberts by Michael Muller/NBC

    Just back from the TCA-sponsored press event on the Heroes set with scoop galore. Let's get right to it.

    • Lyndsy Fonseca is out as Claire's gay cheerleader pal. No, not out like that. She's out as in, off the show. According to Heroes creator Tim Kring, Fonseca's role had to be cut short after she landed that series-regular gig on Desperate Housewives. "She wasn't a pivotal character," Kring says of Claire's pal, who will now appear in just one episode. "The idea was that that part would grow, but it never got a chance to."

    • The entire cast was present with the exception of Leonard Roberts (D.L.), although Kring cautioned reporters not to necessarily "read anything into that." Well, considering this is the second Heroes press conference Roberts has bailed on this summer, I'm guessing D.L. is a goner.

    • New Hero Dania Ramirez revealed that when we first meet her character, Maya, "she's on the run from the cops."

    • Zachary Quinto was neither confirming nor denying reports that he's in line to play a young Spock in Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek pic. "I'm under strict orders not to say anything," he said. Luckily, my BFF Greg Grunberg was under no such gag order. "How exciting is that?" he enthused. "Now I've got to beg, plead and scrape to get in that movie! I mean, what's wrong with me as Scotty? Down in the engine room, rotisserie chicken.... "

    • One movie that Abrams is casting Grunberg in is the buzzerific disaster flick known only by its myriad working titles (i.e., Cloverfield, 1-18-08, Slusho). "It'll probably be something where no one will be able to tell it's me," he said. "As you know, J.J. calls me his good-luck charm, so he's got to put me in there somewhere. I actually went to the set the other night, and it was really exciting and cool. The budget is not astronomical. But they're doing incredible things."
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    Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

    Quinto may be denying the reports of his Trek casting, but I read this morning that the studio did confirm the casting to at least one web site.




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    Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

    He would seem to be perfect for it, slap those ears on him! J.J. would probably announce in SD this week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd View Post
    He would seem to be perfect for it, slap those ears on him! J.J. would probably announce in SD this week.
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    Re: 'HEROES' Season 2


    Thanks to NBC's "Heroes" presentation, the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con International will be remembered as the Con at which TV shows eclipsed feature films. Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere of "Heroes" pose for photographers at the press panel. (Getty Photos image)

    TV Comic-Con 'Heroes'
    Small screen dominates confab

    By Borys Kit
    The Hollywood Reporter
    July 30, 2007

    SAN DIEGO -- Thanks to NBC's "Heroes" presentation, the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con International, which took place this weekend, will be remembered as the Con at which TV shows eclipsed feature films.

    The "Heroes" panel, which started at 12:45 p.m. Saturday and was held in the Convention Center's second-biggest room, holding about 4,000 people, hit maximum capacity almost as soon as the doors opened at 10 a.m. Fans arrived early and sat through two other presentations -- for NBC's "Bionic Woman" and a TV Guide panel on TV heroes -- just to hear the "Heroes" creators and to offer their love to the cast. Even Danny Bonaduce stood in line to ask a question. Thousands more waited in line for hours in case, by chance, some room opened up.

    When it was announced that Kevin Smith would direct the first episode of spinoff show "Heroes: Origins," an already electric room amped off the charts.

    Television's presence was the strongest it's ever been at the Con, where the small screen's influence has been slowly growing since ABC launched "Lost" in 2004, previewing the pilot in a large hall that was only half full at the time. But it was those early fans that helped the show become a buzz-worthy hit, and when an unknown show called "Heroes" previewed in 2006 and went on to become one of the biggest new dramas of the season, the Con's launching pad status was solidified.
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    Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

    Hmmm...does anyone know if Season 1 is on sale yet? I watched the first episode of heroes then lost it. I want to buy season 1, make a weekend of watching it then start up on season 2 when it starts.

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