A half-dozen new (albeit in some cases familiar) faces to watch for on the new season of Heroes, per the Hollywood Reporter: David Anders (Alias' delicious Sark) will play Takezo Kensei, an ancient samurai warrior and Hiro's childhood hero. Kensei, of course, is the original owner of the sword Hiro sought during much of Season 1. In what, I am boldly guessing, is a related story line, Asian pop star Eriko Tamura has been cast as a Japanese princess. (What, was Kassie DePaiva not available?) Barry Shabaka Henley is Detective Fuller, a New York police officer. Holt McCallany is Ricky, the ringleader of a group of Irish thugs. Lyndsy Fonseca (Ted's future-daughter on How I Met Your Mother) and Dianna Agron are cheerleaders, one sweet, one tart, in a Southern California town to which Claire is expected to move.
Who's doing what this pilot season? Per Variety and the Hollywood Reporter: Missi Pyle (Heroes, The Wedding Bells) will join Shawnee Smith (Becker) and Virginia Williams (Monarch Cove) in ABC's Traveling in Packs, a comedy about three women in their thirties who live together. Dondre T. Whitfield (Girlfriends) and Christine Woods are en route to CBS' Atlanta, playing the best friends of Freddie Prinze Jr. and Leslie Bibb, respectively. Barry Shabaka Henley (Barbershop) is an internal-affairs investigator in NBC's David Shore/Peter Blake drama starring Famke Janssen as a cop. Jerrika Hinton is an art-gallery owner in the CW's Eight Days a Week. The CW's I'm Paige Armstrong is now called I'm Paige Wilson, while ABC's newsroom comedy from Ric Swartzlander (Rodney) now has a title (get your final guesses in now, hurry!): The News.