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Meet The Heroes and Villians

With an advent of comics making their way onto the big screen, 2006 brought something original to the television world that some might say would change the broadcast medium forever.

Heroes features a number of super-powered humans, some related, some unrelated, and tells the story of their adaptation process to a world obsessed with their abilities.

The conception of Tim Kring’s show was birthed by the writer’s interest in demonstrating how big, intricate and complicated the world is.

He knew that the show would be extremely character-driven, and asked for the advice of Damon Lindelof, friend from Crossing Jordan and co-creator of LOST.

Casting for the show was fairly straight forward, with director Jason La Padura mainly choosing those actors that fit a specific profile. However, this all changed when Sendhil Ramamurthy auditioned for the part of Mohinder Suresh. Originally the character was described as a 55-year old professor.

Heroes has an interesting episode development process.

All of the writers on the team take a character and write all of the scenes surrounding them. Once this is accomplished, the episode writer combines all of the writers’ works and puts in the final touches.

Co-writer and producer Jesse Alexander has said this process helps tremendously in a serialized drama because it helps get scripts completed faster and allows for a better idea of character direction.

The first season of the show, dubbed ‘Genesis’, heavily focused on the villain Sylar and his serial-killeresque stalkings of many of the shows main characters.

His intentions were to steal the powers of the heroes, eventually leading up the possible future of the destruction of the world - as seen by the time traveler, Hiro.

Volume two, ‘Generations’, began on September 24th, 2007 and ran only eleven episodes due to the WGA writer’s strike.

At the start, most of the heroes were attempting to return to their normal lives. However, the main acting force in Season one, The Company, had been researching the Shanti virus.

Peter Petrelli, one of the series’ main protagonist heroes, observes the potential damage on a future New York City, and he and the rest of the heroes attempt to stop it.

A number of episodes had been planned for the show, but due to the writer’s strike, many of them got canceled or pushed back.

One of the main story arcs effected by this was Heroes: Origins; set to air directly after Season two. This six-episode spin off was meant to feature a new character each week, and at the end, viewers would be allowed to vote for which one became a reoccurring hero.

In an interview on The Post Show, Kring stated that the ‘Origins’ mini-series was to give the meaning behind the Helix, a reoccurring symbol in the show. As of now there are no plans to air the episodes.

Heroes is slated to return in September of 2009 with a new volume entitled ‘Villains.’

At the beginning of the first episode will be a recap of the first two volumes, to bring all of those ‘newbies’ up to speed.

Sylar will once again be prominently featured in this season, along with a number of other villains.

Kring has even hinted that some of the ‘good’ heroes may turn into villains; by using the tagline ‘In every hero there could be a villain.’


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