Heroes producer/creator Tim Kring sat down for another extended interview with SuperheroHype, and revealed some information. Not enough that I would put “SPOILERS” in big bold letters in the title, but enough for the “Possible Spoilers” tag. As always, you should only continue reading if you want to know, or want to risk encountering some details about the upcoming Season 2 that you don’t already know, or don’t want to know. Basically, don’t blame me if you discover something you’d rather have stay hidden later on.
Tim Kring expands on the Heroes: Origins spin-off:
As you may or may not have known, we were off the air for seven weeks during the spring. We came back and took a huge hit in the ratings. We lost three million viewers and they never came back. This idea of doing a series within the series that would be new ancillary material to the show in a way. It lives in the world of “Heroes” but it’s a different series. The basic idea is that we posited a premise on the show that this is happening around the world and to many, many people and people are waking up with these discoveries of these unique powers, and this is a chance to show some of those origin stories in a kind of Rod Serling template of a cautionary tale or a morality tale around one or two characters that are discovering their new-found abilities.
So basically Origins will be completely detached from the regular Heroes show, which should make it more interesting. Same universe, but different people and different stories. Plus, even different “vibes” too, most likely. Darker, funnier, weirder, perhaps?
About Hiro and time traveling:
Oh, yeah. It’s a very, very sticky world when you start to do the time travel, so we’re using it extremely judicially. Obviously, it’s no secret that Hiro has landed in feudal Japan, so he has adventures to fulfill there, but we are definitely going to use it a few other times at least. It’s a lot of fun.
According to Kring, Season 2′s Volume 2: Generations was supposed to last for only 10 episodes (the show would go on vacation then, and come back with Volume 3), but that has been stretched out to 11:
Literally, just yesterday we learned that our first pod of episodes is going to be eleven in a row, instead of ten in a row, so that threw a giant monkey wrench in our plans, because we had ended Volume II at Episode 10 and now we had to end it at Episode 11. Sometimes, stretching is very hard to do. When you can name that tune in 4 beats, it’s hard to name it in 6.
It’s a pretty big interview, and you can read the rest of it here.