I'm very excited about tonight's second episode of the "Heroes" season — so excited, in fact, that I've got a very special contest for you BuzzSugar readers. I'm giving away five grab bags stuffed with "Heroes" swag! The bags include:
- A copy of the second issue of the "Heroes" comic book with the exclusive Comic-Con cover
- A second copy of the comic book with the exclusive NBC cover
- A Vote Petrelli campaign pin
To win a copy, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post before 5 p.m. PST Friday, Oct. 5. I'll pick five winners at random from the comments I receive. Please, only ONE comment per person — duplicate comments will be discarded. For Official Rules, click here. Good luck!
Take that, "Lost"! Despite rumors that former "Veronica Mars" star Kristen Bell could be headed to the mysterious island, she's decided to join the cast of "Heroes" instead.
Bell will guest-star in several episodes of the show's second season. According to Variety, she will play Elle, who is described as "a sexy, mysterious young lady" who is connected to Peter's apparent death, Claire's future, and HRG's past. Her first appearance will come in October, when she will commit a serious crime — though it's unclear whether she's good or evil.
The show's creator, Tim Kring, told Variety that landing Bell "was not easy to pull off," but they were able to work out a way to film her arc during a small window in her schedule. Bell also is planning to stick around as the narrator of "Gossip Girl" on the CW.
With all the "Heroes" casting news lately, I've started to lose track of who's who. For a recap of the new additions to the show, read more
The Bennets' new home wasn't the only spot I got to tour on the set of "Heroes" at the TCA press tour. As I wandered through Isaac's studio, Mohinder's apartment, and an Irish pub, cast members — including my tour guides, Hayden Panettiere and Zachary Quinto — delivered a few hints about what's going to happen when season two begins in September. To hear what they had to say, read more
It would have been exciting enough to wander alone through Claire's new home on the "Heroes" set. But it was far better for my tour guide to be Jack Coleman, aka Mr. Bennet, aka HRG. He led a group of reporters through the airy, spacious, well-decorated house during a set visit at the TCA press tour, artfully dodging questions about where exactly we were.
"Let's just say it's not where the old house was," Coleman said.
OK, then. Is it in a different time zone?
"A different time zone is very possible."
A sunny climate?
"You're killing me."
All we know for sure is that the Bennets have indeed relocated since, you know, that whole episode when Ted-the-radioactive-guy kinda ruined the Bennets' Texas home and made Claire's face melt temporarily. The new home, decorated almost entirely in shades of blue, brown and black, has a large triangular window, potted trees in the corners, glass jars of rice and lentils in the kitchen, and a walk-up pathway lined with slightly trampled Astroturf. There are fewer pictures of Mr. Muggles in this house, though Coleman assured us the dog has not been forgotten. And though we're not quite sure what Mr. Bennet's plans are for the season, even Coleman had to admit that the home looks pretty permanent.
One reporter pointed triumphantly at the flowering bougainvillea in the back yard — yes, there was a back yard, complete with patio furniture — as a dead giveaway that the Bennets were in California (and that's what a little bit of casting news indicated to us, too).
"I don't know," Coleman teased back. "We might be in the Mediterranean."
On top of the news earlier this week that Claire will be getting a new boyfriend, Hollywood Reporter has revealed six more cast members for the next season of "Heroes," and I have to say, one of them is baffling to me. Take a look at who's climbed aboard the superpowered train:
Anders, who you may remember as the unforgivably evil Julian Sark from "Alias," has the most, uh, interesting role of the lot: He'll be playing "the ancient samurai warrior Takezo Kensei, Hiro Nakamura's (Masi Oka) childhood hero." Fans will recall that Hiro has spent quite a lot of time retrieving and then learning how to use Kensei's sword. However (and here's that bafflement), I could be mistaken, but I had always assumed that Kensei was, I don't know... Japanese? Aside from that, I may fall into the problem I have with Ron Rifkin, another former "Alias" villain who is now playing kindly Uncle Saul on "Brothers & Sisters." I keep expecting sweet old Saul to fool Sally Field into giving him the intel and then bomb the Walker household.
To see the other new additions, read more
Well, "Heroes" fanatics, the first volume of the superheroes' stories is almost over. This is one time when I'm equal parts anxious to find out what happens in New York (bomb? no bomb? Peter? Sylar? Bueller?), and reluctant to see the season end. The description for this final episode, which is titled "How To Stop an Exploding Man," states: "The everyday people with extraordinary abilities face moments of pain and peril in Kirby Plaza with unflinching heroism, as [the] first volume comes to a close — and the next surprisingly begins." Argh! I'm so excited/sad! To whet your appetite, you can check out two intriguing sneak peeks if you read more
This week's episode of "Heroes" was great. We meet Molly Walker as a "special" person, not just the little girl whose thoughts Parkman "heard" when she was crouching in the closet. We watch Sylar visit with his mother. We endure weird bonding moments between Peter and Claire, who still seem like they are flirting even though he's technically her uncle. And suddenly Mohinder has sexy muttonchops.
There was something lacking in this week's episode, though, and I'm not sure what it was exactly. Let's discuss — amidst the spoilers! — when you read more
Three words: Best. "Heroes." Ever.
This episode was so action-packed and edge-of-your-seat exciting, I don't know where to begin. So many twists and turns! This all made it especially painful when my DVR-recorded episode ended five minutes before the actual ending, due to NBC's horrible, sneaky, no-good tactic for getting more people to watch "The Real Wedding Crashers" — by having a few minutes of "Heroes" bleed into "Crashers." Thus, if you don't also record "Crashers," the "Heroes" recording just stops and poor schlubs like me are screwed out of seeing the ending. Luckily, I could watch the last bit on NBC.com this morning.
So if you haven't seen the episode, you can catch up by watching it online. If you have, you can check out my racing thoughts if you read more
All you "Heroes" fans who watched this week's episode heard Nathan say to Linderman that the "exploding man" in Isaac's painting is Peter, right? Well, I — and the rest of the buzzing Internet — have news for you.
This stuff probably counts as a spoiler so if you'd like to learn more about this revelation, read more
In Claire's story line on "Heroes," her friend Zach has faded into the background along with the rest of her old life in Texas. Zach's absence might have eventually happened regardless, but a tension-filled snafu between actor Thomas Dekker's manager and the writers of "Heroes" certainly sped up his departure from the story.
According to "Heroes" writer Bryan Fuller, Zach was originally supposed to be a gay character, but when Dekker's manager caught wind of this, she believed it would ruin Dekker's chances at an upcoming audition if he played a gay character on TV. To see what else Fuller had to say about the issue, read more