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Heroes Returns to Roots in Midseason Reboot

Hayden Panettiere, Robert Forster and Masi Oka

Heroes will go back to its roots in its midseason return, trying to win new viewers and recapture those turned off by too many characters and plotlines.

"This volume starts us pretty much from scratch," creator Tim Kring said in a statement Thursday. "There is almost nothing that the audience needs to know from the previous volume in order to follow the storyline."
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More of Heroes Sylar’s Past Revealed

Zachary Quinto by Paul Drinkwater and Chris Haston/NBC

Serial killer Sylar will return this season to Heroes during its highly anticipated two-hour premiere. But, will we see more of his pre-evil alter ego, Gabriel Gray? According to Zachary Quinto, he'd love to see as much of Sylar's background as possible. He confirmed that Gray will return this season, revisiting the "shades of that character as you first saw him."The first time we learned of Sylar's past was in the first season's episode "Six Months Ago" in which Chandra Suresh tells watch repairman Gray that he may have super powers. When Gray learns of his real power, which is stealing other people's abilities, he uses them to kill off other "heroes." Suresh figures out Sylar's killing streak and becomes one of his victims.In "Volume 3: Villains," creator Tim Kring intimates that by using Gray, the show will continue to "peel the layers off of that onion as long as this character exists on the show." Do you want to see a softer side of Sylar? Heroes premieres on Sept. 22, at 9 pm... read more

Crossing Jordan Season 1 — Review

Crossing Jordan courtesy Universal Studios

Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh likes sticking her nose where it doesn't belong, and her obsession with solving murders takes her out of the lab and onto the streets. She often butts heads with police, and she steps on toes to recover evidence and solve cases, but there's always been one case that she's been unable to solve - the murder of her mother. All 23 episodes, presented in widescreen, are available on this 5-disc set. Special features include audio commentaries with Creator Tim Kring, Producer/Director Allan Arkush and composers Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin; deleted scenes and interviews with the producers and cast members (4 separate interviews). — Gord LaceyBuy Crossing Jordan Season 1 on Amazon.com. read more

Exclusive: Tim Kring Explains Heroes' "Generations" Finale

Hayden Panettiere, Heroes

Will Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) die by an assassin's bullet? Was Niki (Ali Larter) truly blown to hot, blonde, gorgeous bits? Will Adam (David Anders) spend eternity six feet under? And — say it ain't so! — does badass Elle (Kristen Bell) really have an inner Girl Scout? The Dec. 3 episode of Heroes, the conclusion of the show's second volume "Generations," left us with lots of big questions. Creator and executive producer Tim Kring has the answers. And, whaddya know, he's even sharing some of them!The fate of Nathan, who was shot during a TV press conference, and of Niki, who may have died in an abandoned building explosion, are " read more

Saving the World: Redux

The Haitian repaid his debt by saving Peter. Jimmy Jean-Louis by Chris Haston/NBC

Episode Recap: "Four Months Ago"Bonsoir mes amis! Leah Friedman (Friday Night Lights, among other blogs) in for Casey tonight, and I figured I'd stick with the Montréal theme. I'm thrilled to be filling in for her for the second in what will hopefully become a series of great Heroes episodes. We all know about the griping (and yes, I've done my own fair share of it this fall) about how the season started out, but between last week and this week, I'm hoping we can all agree that the show is back on track. It was certainly a subtle episode by Heroes standards; more along the lines of last season's "Company Man" than anything else, and as a character study of the Petrellis, Elle and the Sanders family, it worked well — most of the time.First off, thank you Tim Kring for finally revealing just how in the hell Peter ended up in Ireland. We already knew that Nathan saved New York from Peter, but in dueling bouts of self-sacrifice, Peter rescued a falling, burning Nathan and deli... read more

Heroes Scoop: Adrian Pasdar Spills Nathan's Secrets

Adrian Pasdar, Heroes

You can find all four exclusive illustrated Heroes covers on newsstands, or visit our Heroes webpage for a gallery of the covers, an exclusive video of artist Tim Sale at work, and much more. In the first season of Heroes (Mondays at 9 pm/ET, NBC), Adrian Pasdar's Nathan Petrelli seemed to have it all: a loving family, a swank house, a successful Senate bid. But he sacrificed it all to save New York from nuclear apocalypse by flying off with his brother, Peter (Milo Ventimiglia), right before his bro went boom. As this season began, a scruffy Nathan seemed to have lost everything. Pasdar spoke to TVGuide.com about his c read more

How TV Guide and Heroes Got So Graphic

The four Heroes covers 

Four Heroes collector covers. Five superstar artists. Meet the creators of this week’s "comic book" look. Cover No. 1 (Kensei, Hiro, Ando): Jim Lee"TV Guide is a cornerstone of pop culture, so doing a cover for you guys is a real honor," says Lee. Hey, we’re honored, too! A true comics legend, Lee is currently illustrating DC Comics’ All-Star Batman & Robin and drew the acclaimed Batman arc "Hush" (written by Heroes co-executive producer Jeph Loeb). He openly admits he does not follow Heroes, though he did try. "I downloaded the entire first season from iTunes to my Apple TV, which, for some reason, played the episodes backwards," Lee says. "So there I am watching the season finale thinking it’s the first episode of the series and I’m going, ‘Oh, my god, this storytelling is soo confusing and revolutionary — how d read more

Heroes: Your Burning Questions Answered!

Ali Larter, Heroes

In a recent TVGuide.com Asks blog, we gave readers a chance to fire questions at the producers of Heroes (Mondays at 9 pm/ET, NBC). Series producers Tim Kring and Jeph Loeb, as well as several of the show's stars, share their insights. Will Mohinder ever have a power? Not likely. "He's Mr. Science and was conceived to be the one guy in this vortex who does not have special abilities," creator/executive producer Tim Kring says. "We have no plans to change that." That's fine with Sendhil Ramamurthy: "I'd be sorely disappointed if I got a power at this point — it would just be weird. But I wouldn't mind turning out to be the puppet master of this whole thing." By the wa read more

The First Cut Is the Deepest

David Anders by Justin Lubin/NBC

Episode Recap: “The Line”Heroes has never made me lose interest, but it did get off to a slow start. I knew tonight would be a good episode. OK, I hoped tonight would be a great episode. It was the lead-in to November sweeps. However, I didn’t want to set my expectations too high. I’ve noticed a growing trend with network television: they build up the months of November, February and May for Nielsen ratings, and then leave us hanging. Sometimes, the episodes that air during those sweeping months live up to the abundance of promos, previews and annoying scroll lines under everything you watch. Other times, a ferry crashes and we are left with the letters WTF on our minds. That being said, let’s recap.We’ve all been through high school hell, and I’ve watched the genius of Tina Fey's Mean Girls, but do people like the cheerleading captain really exist? If so, then she got what she deserved. (When she wrote the number of pounds to lose on the girls' f... read more

As much as I enjoy the ...

Question: As much as I enjoy the overall scope of Heroes, it's the details that constantly pull me out of the fantasy and make me say "huh?" Things like Claire being told to turn on her Bunsen burner in class for no apparent reason other than for her to have an opportunity to burn her hand. Why would they need their Bunsen burners on to answer a question about Charles Darwin? It would have revealed more about her character if she'd lit it on her own and put her hand to the flame — just to do it. It would have showed her need to be herself. Instead, the writing on this show doesn't focus on character, like on Lost, but instead it's all about plot. If Tim Kring could get these details right, don't you think this could be a truly great show? And don't get me started about Hiro in 1671 Japan. I'm sure there wasn't a word for "fan" back then. Transport anyone today to 1671 England and our way of speaking would be lost on them. I'd like to hear your take. Answer: If you're going to sweat the ... read more

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