Call it a meeting of the wonderfully hip and the utterly square. When Golden Globe nominee Masi Oka stops by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday, Jan. 3, he will make like Hiro by glimpsing the future that is, the next new episode of NBC's Heroes, currently on hiatus and serving up a clip on the late-night talker. The title of the much-missed Heroes' return episode, airing Jan. 22? "Godsend," fittingly. (Seriously, come back, prime-time TV!)
Robert Knepper, Isaiah Washington and Kyle Chandler
CAPRICORN • Dec. 22–Jan. 20Interested in impossibly strange or exotic people? Maybe, but does the answer lie in Palm Beach or Paris or Singapore? Although it doesn’t get rid of your uncertainty about the future, it’s important to explore the world and stay mentally stimulated. Don’t listen to too much advice or live too much in your own head, though, or you’ll lose touch with the fact that, in the end, the answer is right around the corner. Confidential to Masi Oka (Dec. 27, Heroes): Even though you think you have only five more minutes to get what you want, the fac
Heroes' Masi Oka
"Six Months Ago," unlike his time-teleporting alter ego Hiro Nakamura on Heroes, the more down-to-earth Masi Oka couldn't have known that Sci Fi Channel would be rerunning (Wednesday at 9 pm/ET) the pivotal flashback episode of the popular NBC series that has made him television's newest and most unlikely megastar. But just a few weeks ago, the Golden Globe-nominated actor did know about his plans for the holidays — and he shared them with us.
TV Guide: What did you want for Christmas this year?Masi Oka: A PlayStation 3. It's so hard to get one these days. People are fighting all over for it.
TV Guide: Do you have any special holiday traditions?Oka: Nothing really special. I guess the biggest holiday tradition is trying to find enough people
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
This was the year that America fell in love with America. Thanks to 22-year-old Ferrera's winning performance as a homely girl with a heart of gold, ABC's Ugly Betty (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET) became one of the fall's few breakout hits. On a recent day off, the lovely and low-key Ferrera took a break from house-hunting to fill us in on her Bettylicious year.
TV Guide: You look so different in person. Do you get that a lot? Ferrera: It takes me an hour to become Betty. But I love that she's so different from me. I can [keep] a bit of myself private.
TV Guide: What's the most difficult part of the Betty transformation? Ferrera: Betty wears a lot of clothes — tights, parkas, all these shirts buttoned up to her neck. That drives me insane. I don't like to feel restricted.
Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Panettiere and Brandon Routh
A diverse group of celebrities that included Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Heroes' Masi Oka and Hayden Panettiere, gravity-defying skateboarder Tony Hawk, and Deal or No Deal's Trisha Kara (aka case No. 9) turned out for Spike TV's 2006 Video Game Awards, held last Friday at the University of Southern California's Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Masi Oka's bid for world domination continues.... The Heroes breakout time traveler will play himself in an episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Per my spies, Masi who shoots his scenes tomorrow will pull a Lauren Graham and host Studio's show-within-a show. More to come in Wednesday's Ask Ausiello.
They fly. They regenerate. They read your thoughts. But can the superpowered freaks and geeks of NBC's Heroes do battle with Fox's monolithic 24? Come January, the two megahit serials will go head-to-head, so Heroes creator Tim Kring is jam-packing his Dec. 4 mid-season finale (airing tonight at 9 pm/ET) with several seismic shocks, including the death of a character, a hero turning traitor and a prophetic painting of Hiro (Masi Oka) raising a sword to do battle with a gigantic... OK, we won't give it away. But here's what we can tell you:
· Before Heroes goes into repeat mode (it returns Jan. 22 with new episodes), Kring promises lots more insight into what — or better yet, who —
Jack Coleman, Heroes
How does a mild-mannered Dynasty vet come to be one of current pop culture's most enigmatic TV characters? What lured Jack Coleman to the role of Heroes' Mr. Bennett, aka Horn-rimmed Glasses/H.R.G.? And, for once and for all, what are this protective patriarch's ultimate intentions? TV Guide hit the actor with those hot topics and more.
TV Guide: Congratulations on being made a series regular, promoted from guest star. Were you originally signed up only for a limited number of episodes?Jack Coleman: It was always open-ended. It was a one-page audition, but when I saw that this Horn-rimmed Glasses guy turned out to be the father of Hayden Panettiere (Claire), I thoug
Question: OK, I'll take a wild stab in the dark: Was the answer to your Heroes asterisk casting quiz, "Who's playing Hiro's boss?"
Answer: Nope, it was, "Who's playing Hiro's papa?" And the answer is George Takei! Click here for all the details! BTW, Hiro himself, Masi Oka, dropped by our offices yesterday to promote his little NBC show. Nicest guy ever. And funny, too! See for yourself in this video interview.
As exclusively reported by TV Guide magazine, none other than George Takei has been cast as the father of Heroes' Star Trek-obsessed Hiro. "It was one of those lightning-bolt ideas," series creator Tim Kring tells TV Guide. Adds Masi Oka, who plays Hiro, "This is absolutely brilliant! I just hope I get to say, 'Dad! Sulu is my hero, not you!'" For much more on this story — including when Hiro's pop materializes, and what sort of schemer he is pick up the Nov. 27 issue of TV Guide, on newsstands Thursday.For scoop on this week's big "Homecoming" episode, read our brand-new Features Q&A with Heroes' "Eden," Nora Zehetner. Then, in Wednesday's Interviews & Features column: George Takei!