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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 re... read more

Heroes Baddie Is Logical Choice to Play Spock

Zachary Quinto by Paul Drinkwater/NBC

So, Sulu is on Heroes and Sylar is off on a Star Trek? Is that how it's going to be? Zachary Quinto, aka the hit NBC drama's sinewy supervillain, has been tapped to slap some latex triangles on his ears and portray a young Spock in Lost boss J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek feature film, sources confirm. Presented with the casting buzz, Heroes creator Tim Kring told TVGuide.com that he would be "thrilled" to see Quinto get his Vulcan on.Officially, a rep for Abrams' Bad Robot shingle has yet to comment on the casting, though we hear it will be announced this week at (where else) the San Diego Comic-Con.Related: Heroes Scoop: Cheerleader Exits, D.L. MIA and More, TV Guide's exclusive peek into Farscape's future read more

J.J. Abrams Trailer Teases a 'Field of Screams

"Smoke Monster Takes Manhattan"? A mysterious, Blair Witch-style trailer for a film titled Cloverfield and touted as "from producer J.J. Abrams" has the many folk catching Transformers intrigued. The film, directed by Felicity cocreator Matt Reeves and penned by Drew Goddard (Lost, Alias), is teased with a party scene set at a New York City bar, soon disrupted by the roar of some sort of monstrous entity, followed by flames and falling debris — including the head of the Statue of Liberty. According to the Reporter, Cloverfield features a cast of relative unknowns, including Lizzy Caplan (The Class), Michael Stahl-David (The Black Donnellys), Odet Jasmin and Mike Vogel. Copies of the trailer posted to the Internet, including at YouTube, are almost immediately being ordered down by threat of copyright infringment. A January 18 release date is listed in the trailer's sparse credits. read more

William Shatner Is Nimoyed by Star Trek Film Dis

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek courtesy CBS/Paramount Television

Steam me up, Scotty! William Shatner is reportedly flipping his wig over Leonard Nimoy apparently being offered a cameo in J.J. Abrams' planned Star Trek feature film (a prequel to the TV series, by all accounts). The erstwhile Captain Kirk "is very upset," a source tells the New York Post. "[He] has been lobbying for a role [for himself]." Asked about the supposed dis, the Shat's rep tells the tab, "I don't know that to be the case, so I can't comment." OK, fine, break out the mind meld.... read more

Six Feet Under Vet Teams with J.J. Abrams, Grey's

Writer-producer Jill Soloway, who since Six Feet Under's demise has been working on features, has inked deals to develop a one-hour comedy project with J.J. Abrams and join Grey's Anatomy as a consulting producer. Per the Reporter, should the Abrams project go to pilot, Soloway will focus on it full-time; if not, she will continue on at Grey's as a co-executive producer. "I feel like the luckiest person in the world," Soloway tells the trade. "I've loved [Abrams] since Felicity" — this even though she was rumored to be Team Noel. read more

J.J.'s Anatomy: Cast Revealed for Abrams' Latest

The cast for The Anatomy of Hope, an HBO medical-drama pilot from J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias) that explores cancer battles from the patients' point of view, includes Chris Messina (Six Feet Under) and Simon Callow (The Phantom of the Opera) as oncologists, the Hollywood Reporter reports. Also on board, playing cancer patients past, present and potential, are John Ortiz (Miami Vice), Valerie Pettiford (Half & Half), Matt Craven (Disturbia) and Daryl Edwards (Rent). read more

Heroes' Greg Grunberg Proves to Be a Real Superman

Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg, who stars as telepathic Matt Parkman on NBC's Heroes, is using his real-life powers for good, not evil, by chairing the upcoming Epilepsy Foundation walk and working on an art auction to support the worthy cause. TVGuide.com caught up with Grunberg, whose son Jake suffers from the condition, to find out more about his charitable efforts, his celebrity band and, of course, what's coming up on Heroes. TVGuide.com: Tell me a little bit more about the auction. How did you convince the artists and the show to donate art to the Epilepsy Foundation?Greg Grunberg: That would have been the greatest feat of salesmanship for me, but it wasn't. They're just incredibly generous and they know how important it is to me. Also, I've been working for NBC for a long time, so [NBC Entertainment honchos] Kevin Riley a read more

The Plan to Make ABC's Six Degrees Hotter Than Ever

Bridget Moynahan and Campbell Scott, Six Degrees

It was a long six months ago that Six Degrees debuted on ABC. Spinning the separate-yet-sometimes-intertwined stories of a half dozen New Yorkers — played by Jay Hernandez, Bridget Moynahan, Erika Christensen, Dorian Missick, Campbell Scott and Hope Davis — the J.J. Abrams-produced drama opened strong in its cushy post-Grey's Anatomy ti read more

Terry O'Quinn Teases a "Spectacular" Lost Reveal!

Terry O'Quinn, Lost

The origin of Jack's tattoos? Puh-lease. On this Wednesday's Lost (10 pm/ET, on ABC), longtime fans will get the answer to a far more provocative mystery: What paralyzed John Locke and landed him in a wheelchair in the first place? Terry O'Quinn shared with TVGuide.com a sneak peek. Plus, the original cast member's thoughts on airing next season without a break. TVGuide.com: According to the ABC summary for this episode, "Ben tries to persuade a determined Locke to call off his destructive plan by offering him some of the secrets of the island." What can you tease about Locke's plan?Terry O'Quinn: Nothing. [Laughs] I don't know how to do teases. There are no revelations I can give you because I'm not careful enough. I don't know what's safe to say or what's not safe to say. TVGuide.com: Which read more

At the Movies: Abrams' Trek Is a Christmas Present

Per Variety, a Christmas Day 2008 release date has been set aside for the new Star Trek feature to be helmed by J.J. Abrams, produced by Lost cohort Damon Lindelof, and penned by Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci (Mission: Impossible III).... Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III) will direct a remake of David Cronenberg's Scanners.... Per the Hollywood Reporter, Alan Arkin will reunite with Little Miss Sunshine costar Steve Carell when he plays "Chief" in the big-screen Get Smart.... M:I:III's Michelle "Don't I look like Kate Holmes?" Monaghan will star opposite Patrick Dempsey in Made of Honor, a romantic comedy about longtime friends who come to want something more just as Monaghan's character is about to wed.... Robert Downey Jr. and Jay Baruchel will star in Tropic Thunder, a Ben Stiller-directed comedy about the making of an epic war film. Downey plays "the greatest actor of his generation," while Baruchel is a newbie. read more

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