Heroes News Roundup: Someone Wants Out, Greg Grunberg, New Heroes Writer Speaks, PCA

Today’s Heroes news roundup is a pretty full one, but probably the most important has to be comic book/screenwriter Mark Verheiden joining the show as a writer/”consultant”, who along with the returning Bryan Fuller are replacing the departed Jeph Loeb and Jesse Alexander. Verheiden comes with an impressive resume, having just recently worked on Battlestar Galactica, the show all the critics have been going ga-ga over. Speaking of which, those same critics may have had problems with Heroes’ Season 3, but apparently the viewers didn’t, because Heroes won the People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Sci-Fi Fantasy Show, beating out the CW’s Supernatural and Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles last night. Take that, critics!

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First up, Comic Book Resources has an interview with new Heroes writer Mark Verheiden. Here are some of the highlights:

Tim and the people there certainly had an idea of what they wanted to do with the “Fugitives” arc before I came on board. “Villains” was basically done when I joined. I did not contribute to that, that all happened before I came. For the “Fugitives” arc, they certainly knew what they wanted to do, so for me it was about coming on board and jumping in. I started “Galactica” in Season 2 so it’s not like I’m unfamiliar with jumping in and catching up and rocking and rolling. In fact, like “Battlestar,” on ‘Heroes” I wrote and produced the second episode of the “Fugitives” arc so I got in there pretty quick. [laughs]

I was able to work in the room with the writers and the writers have been very accepting and helpful. And look I needed help, and probably still do, to get caught up and understand all the ins and outs of the show’s mythology and how things work and how to get things to work. It’s been good. I’ve been there at this point four or five months and so the new guy-itis has drifted off and now I’m able to contribute as much as I can. But it’s Tim Kring’s show and my job is to help realize his thoughts and offer my own too and see where we can go.

What we tried to do with the show as a group, people will notice that we’re not doing as many stories per show and lingering a bit on the stories we’re doing. And we’ll see how that goes. It’s a crazy world out there

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Meanwhile, in potentially show-changing news, Kristin at E! Online is saying that a major actor on the show wants out, and has already asked Tim Kring and company to kill off/remove him/her character from the show. Kristin knows who it is, but won’t say, though she did gave these hints:

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-ic soul has more name recognition than others in the cast.
4. According to Peacock-net insiders, 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.”

Let’s face it, we all know who it is: Ali Larter. She’s got a big movie with Beyonce coming out this year, and she’s supposedly in line to continue the “Resident Evil” franchise. Plus, it might make sense to knock her off now, considering that her Tracy Strauss is being written as not exactly the most beloved character on the show. In fact, people are probably rooting for her demise…

Agree, or disagree?

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Finally, Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman) will be on The Authority radio show this coming January 12, 2009. You can listen in on the podcast live here. They are asking listeners to submit questiosn to ask the mind-reading Matt Parkman.


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  • kyle777

    Of course, you kill off Tracy, you still got Barbarra in the background, so it’s not like she’s never come back.

  • kyle777

    Of course, you kill off Tracy, you still got Barbarra in the background, so it’s not like she’s never come back.

  • herogirl

    killing tracy, thats perfect1 well i thinking of that since she shoed barbara will come in and then we might get a picyure in our heads of what it would be like if all the sisters new of eachother ad used superpowers for evil or somethin, tracy an’ jessica would be good friends! LOL

  • http://newtwist herogirl

    killing tracy, thats perfect1 well i thinking of that since she shoed barbara will come in and then we might get a picyure in our heads of what it would be like if all the sisters new of eachother ad used superpowers for evil or somethin, tracy an’ jessica would be good friends! LOL

  • BJ DeHut

    Oooo I bet it is a Peter/Sylar/Claire character since they can regenerate

  • BJ DeHut

    Oooo I bet it is a Peter/Sylar/Claire character since they can regenerate

  • Carlos

    I would say not to kill her cause Nathan will become the villain boss in fugitives and every kingpin needs a hot woman by his side…haha

  • Carlos

    I would say not to kill her cause Nathan will become the villain boss in fugitives and every kingpin needs a hot woman by his side…haha

  • zeus47

    i bet its Tracy. Also they need to bing Knox back he was the coolest of the 12 villains

  • zeus47

    i bet its Tracy. Also they need to bing Knox back he was the coolest of the 12 villains

  • SomeGuy

    Ali Larter seems like the obvious choice. However I don’t really see that happening, although I guess it seems more likely than other characters. Tracy obviously isn’t the best character but she has potential of being an important role, just the manipulitive nature of her, maybe trying to try and get to Nathan again. But other than that, there’s also Barabara. Unless they plan on killing off all of the triplets in such a short time frame.

    My gut kinda turns queezy after reading the hints and I can’t help but picture Masi Oka. I doubt it will ever happen (though his powers are gone). I’ve always thought that the 3 characters that could never die on the show are Hiro, Claire, and Peter because of the huge fan base. But Ali seems more logical so I hope that’s true.

  • SomeGuy

    Ali Larter seems like the obvious choice. However I don’t really see that happening, although I guess it seems more likely than other characters. Tracy obviously isn’t the best character but she has potential of being an important role, just the manipulitive nature of her, maybe trying to try and get to Nathan again. But other than that, there’s also Barabara. Unless they plan on killing off all of the triplets in such a short time frame.

    My gut kinda turns queezy after reading the hints and I can’t help but picture Masi Oka. I doubt it will ever happen (though his powers are gone). I’ve always thought that the 3 characters that could never die on the show are Hiro, Claire, and Peter because of the huge fan base. But Ali seems more logical so I hope that’s true.

  • Jay

    Actually, I don’t think its a given that its Ali Larter. She’s definitely on the very short list, sure, but looking at the clues, Milo Ventimiglia fits them all just as well as Ali Larter does. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t be surprised if it IS her, but she’s not the only possibility. Jumping to the conclusion that it must be her I think is more due to the fact that people have been clamoring for her exit since season 1.

  • Jay

    Actually, I don’t think its a given that its Ali Larter. She’s definitely on the very short list, sure, but looking at the clues, Milo Ventimiglia fits them all just as well as Ali Larter does. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t be surprised if it IS her, but she’s not the only possibility. Jumping to the conclusion that it must be her I think is more due to the fact that people have been clamoring for her exit since season 1.

  • shelli

    I hope it’s not peter(I think he’s so cute). If it’s him,I’ll never see the show again!!!! Beside he’s dating claire in real life. If he walk out,& she walks out,too. If 1 of them quit or fire,they quit,too. Those two are so unseparateabled!!!! If they have a big fight or want split up (I hope it’ll never happen),1 of them leave,& the show’ll get cancelled. They’re still together in the real life. I saw pics of them online that’s shown they were in paris during holidays. Check out the Pictures.

    I hope It’ll would be That cold-hearted bitch Tracy! She’s a rip-off of White Queen from X-Men! I read that not long when she’s doing villians,& she’s doing also 4 movies at same time. She went back & forth,& it’s must be hard 4 her. I remembered Hallie Berry did that on X-Men 2,& she was doing the Pierce Robson’s James Bonds movie at time.

  • shelli

    I hope it’s not peter(I think he’s so cute). If it’s him,I’ll never see the show again!!!! Beside he’s dating claire in real life. If he walk out,& she walks out,too. If 1 of them quit or fire,they quit,too. Those two are so unseparateabled!!!! If they have a big fight or want split up (I hope it’ll never happen),1 of them leave,& the show’ll get cancelled. They’re still together in the real life. I saw pics of them online that’s shown they were in paris during holidays. Check out the Pictures.

    I hope It’ll would be That cold-hearted bitch Tracy! She’s a rip-off of White Queen from X-Men! I read that not long when she’s doing villians,& she’s doing also 4 movies at same time. She went back & forth,& it’s must be hard 4 her. I remembered Hallie Berry did that on X-Men 2,& she was doing the Pierce Robson’s James Bonds movie at time.

  • Leigh

    What exactly does number 3 mean by name recognition?

  • Leigh

    What exactly does number 3 mean by name recognition?

  • Jay

    Name recognition just means that they’re more “famous” than others on the cast, which I took to mean that they were at least somewhat known before Heroes made them all stars. Which to me cuts it down to four, Ali, Milo, Hayden, and Grunberg. Ali had some movies under her belt already, Milo had some stints on other shows shortly before Heroes came along such as Gilmore Girls, and Grunberg was somewhat known for Alias. Hayden, I have no idea what she was doing before Heroes but I was still seeing her face everywhere before I knew who she was.

    From that list I automatically strike off Hayden and Greg because Kristin mentions at her page one of the issues is screentime, and Claire got tons of screentime as usual this volume, and Greg got a lot more than he had in the past. Ali Larter took a huge dive this volume as Tracey, and as for Peter, while still getting time, took a moderate hit compared to Volumes 1 and 2.

  • Jay

    Name recognition just means that they’re more “famous” than others on the cast, which I took to mean that they were at least somewhat known before Heroes made them all stars. Which to me cuts it down to four, Ali, Milo, Hayden, and Grunberg. Ali had some movies under her belt already, Milo had some stints on other shows shortly before Heroes came along such as Gilmore Girls, and Grunberg was somewhat known for Alias. Hayden, I have no idea what she was doing before Heroes but I was still seeing her face everywhere before I knew who she was.

    From that list I automatically strike off Hayden and Greg because Kristin mentions at her page one of the issues is screentime, and Claire got tons of screentime as usual this volume, and Greg got a lot more than he had in the past. Ali Larter took a huge dive this volume as Tracey, and as for Peter, while still getting time, took a moderate hit compared to Volumes 1 and 2.