Now here's a Heroes newcomer I can get behind if only because it could offer Veronica Mars fans a very special reunion. Francis Capra, aka the toughie 'Ron (and Mars viewers) loved to hate, is joining the NBC hit this fall in the recurring role of Jesse.Who or what is Jesse? Not much (including his power) is being revealed, of course, but thus far I've found out two things: One, TV's former Weevil is playing evil, and two, his villainous storyline will find him crossing paths with Peter Petrelli.Capra's arrival of course promises to reunite him with Veronica herself, Kristen Bell, who is rumored (though not yet confirmed, drat!) to be reprising her own Heroes role this season.Mars fans, are you with me in welcoming Capra back to cool and culty TV? Matt Mitovich
Question: Will Weevil (Francis Capra) be back this season on Veronica Mars?
Answer: Not only will he be back, but you'll see him just as much as you did last year.
The big idea: Chat up Jason Dohring about all things Veronica Mars — past, present and future — in connection with this, the day UPN's supersleuth series returns to Tuesday nights (at 9 pm/ET). The big problem: Dohring's, like, mad busy filming the season finale. Luckily, the dude's a trouper, and agreed to A our Qs via e-mail. (Coincidentally, you TVGuide.com Insider enthusiasts will recall, Kristen Bell "cybered" with us as well.) So, is full-on reconciliation in store for Logan and Veronica? Will Dohring clue us in on the top-secret season-ender? And what are the current odds on Mars la
Question: What the hell?! I just read that a major character will be leaving Veronica Mars and some fans will not be happy. Any scoop?
Answer: First I'm hearing of it. When I spoke to Rob Thomas back in June (Ask Ausiello 6/22), he denied rumors that a principal cast member was getting cut. He did, however, acknowledge that "in order to make the budget work, a number of actors on the show lost a few episodes in their contracts." For example, Francis Capra (Weevil) will only appear in 12 episodes this season, down from 16 last year. I suppose one way to accommodate such a shortfall would be to send Weevil on vacation for a few months, but that's pure speculation. I'll let you know if I hear anything else.