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    'Heroes' set a challenge for crew

    Multiple locations, difficult effects make for a complicated shoot

    'Heroes' crew juggles globe-hopping plotlines with a TV budget.

    By Thomas McLean
    June 8, 2007

    Saving the cheerleader to save the world is the high-stakes onscreen mission for NBC's freshman series "Heroes," but it's even more challenging for the cast and crew to bring it to life.

    "It's as big as two shows in some ways," says Tim Kring, creator and exec producer.

    Globe-trotting stories aside, the show has yet to venture beyond the studio zone, shooting on location nearby as much as half the time and maximizing its resources to re-create the look of Tokyo, Las Vegas, India, New York and Texas.

    "The intention was always to make it feel like it was bigger in scope than it really was by having a story that took place in a global environment," Kring says. "And so we now have the ability on a TV budget to place us in downtown New York with a virtual back lot that is reasonable to do on a television budget."

    For the final episode of its first season, the cast and crew set up in downtown Los Angeles in the courtyard at Arco Plaza -- redressed as Kirby Plaza in honor of comicbook artist Jack Kirby -- to film the final showdown with the villainous Sylar, played by Zachary Quinto.

    The large production at Arco Plaza gets under way after dark. Exec producer Allan Arkush directs, referring constantly to a large binder of storyboards -- many of them marked with colored tags indicating visual effects. They start with actors Ali Larter, Leonard Roberts and child actors Noah Gray-Cabey and Adair Tishler. Later scenes involve a showdown between Sylar and Masi Oka's Hiro Nakamura.

    A veteran TV director, Arkush says the biggest challenge on "Heroes" is its complexity. "It feels like you're shooting four or five different shows a month because the cast is so split up," he explains.

    It's complex technically, too. The previous night's shoot at the Arco Plaza included a scene of a parking meter flying across the courtyard that will be done in CG, and later scenes will feature more visual effects with a glowing, explosive character named Ted. "And you still have to do 25 to 35 setups per day," Arkush notes.

    For the cast in particular, this was a special episode because their disparate plotlines rarely assemble them all in one place. In addition, other actors were wrapping up their commitments to the show's first season.

    "For us, it's really fun," says, Greg Grunberg, (Matt Parkman in the series), who has shown up on set even though he has no scenes to shoot. He adds the show is complex for the actors as well: For example, in this episode, he notes, his character is shot and wounded but his scenes were shot in reverse order.

    Other cast members mill about the set awaiting their call, including Sendhil Ramamurthy, Malcolm McDowell and Jack Coleman. Roberts, made up with fake blood, says not knowing what the other actors are doing has its benefits. "That's what great about the show: I can watch it like a fan."

    Co-exec producer Jeph Loeb hovers over the shooting, doing such things as answering Arkush's questions about dialogue. Loeb comes to the show from stints on "Lost" and "Smallville." He also has been a fan-favorite comicbook writer for nearly 20 years, turning out hits for Marvel and DC. His frequent collaborator, Tim Sale, is responsible for the prescient artwork painted on the show by Isaac Mendes.

    Many comparisons are made to "Lost," but Loeb says "Heroes" is a very different show. "Because our shows are more character-driven, our dependence on plot is not as heavy," he asserts. "On a conceptual level, it's a much wider net that we can cast."

    Loeb adds he is pleased with how the first season wraps up. "Ninety percent of questions asked in the pilot are answered," he says. That still leaves things wide open for the second season, which was already being planned early on, to change things up by possibly doing shorter story arcs and altering the mix of characters.

    The show is a demanding one for the crew. The sets that production designer Ruth Ammon builds at Sunset-Gower studios are often as long as 80 feet to 100 feet. They also need to accommodate the show's unusual visual language, which pays tribute to comicbook storytelling by using low angles that require sets to have ceilings and extra setups to get coverage. "Every episode is an interesting new journey," she says.

    Kring says bringing over crew members from "Crossing Jordan" has helped the show tremendously through the efficiency that comes from working with familiar people. "This show is running in a very lean kind of way, and it's all ending up on the screen," he says.
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    More New Characters in Heroes

    The LA Daily News reports that shooting starts next week on the second season of "Heroes" and that the show is casting for several possible recurring characters.

    The include: a pretty and kind elementary school teacher; a hippie-ish high school chemistry teacher; a Kinko's store manager; a small-time Irish mobster; and a California high school girl who isn't especially athletic.

    Source: LA Daily News
    June 13, 2007
    Last edited by ALIASd; 06-13-2007, 05:44 PM.
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    • #3
      Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

      Filming for season 2 begins next week.

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      • #4
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        NBC, Nissan Sign Multiplatform Heroes Deal

        NBC signed a comprehensive multiplatform marketing deal with Nissan involving the second season of hit drama Heroes.

        John Consoli
        JUNE 13, 2007 -

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        • #5
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          Look at this:

          Riyo Mori

          Miss Universe Hoping for `Heroes' Role
          Jun 11, 1:33 PM EST

          The Associated PressHeroes


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            D'Agosto joins ranks of 'Heroes'

            By Nellie Andreeva
            The Hollywood Reporter
            June 18, 2007

            Nick D'Agosto has landed a major recurring role on NBC's hit sci-fi drama "Heroes" for next season.

            On the Universal Media Studios series, he will play Claire's (Hayden Panettiere) boyfriend, West, who is said to have "a very cool superpower."

            D'Agosto is the second new addition to the cast of "Heroes" for next season, joining recently appointed new regular Dania Ramirez.

            This past development season, D'Agosto co-starred opposite Marisa Tomei in CBS' comedy pilot "The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud." Last year, he played the male lead opposite Mena Suvari in another CBS pilot, the drama "Orpheus."

            D'Agosto will next be seen in the indie "Rocket Science," which premiered to strong reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
            "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


            • #7
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              Legion of super-'Heroes'
              Series adds six recurring roles

              By Nellie Andreeva
              The Hollywood Reporter
              June 20, 2007

              NBC's sci-fi drama "Heroes" is casting a wide net for next season, tapping Barry Shabaka Henley, Holt McCallany, "Alias" alum David Anders, Japanese pop star and actress Eriko Tamura, Lyndsy Fonseca and Dianna Agron for recurring roles.

              Anders will play the most intriguing part, that of the ancient samurai warrior Takezo Kensei, Hiro Nakamura's (Masi Oka) childhood hero. While never seen during "Heroes' " first season, Kensei played a key part in the show's plot. Hiro spent most of the season trying to get ahold of Kensei's sword, which he hoped would help him in his quest to save the world.

              In another Japanese connection, Tamura will play a Japanese princess.

              Henley will play Detective Fuller, a New York police officer. McCallany will play Ricky, the ringleader of a group of Irish thugs.

              Fonseca and Agron will play beautiful cheerleaders in Southern California, where Claire (Hayden Panettiere) is expected to move. Fonseca's character April is sweet, while Agron's Debbie is a mean girl.

              "Heroes" extends Henley's relationship with NBC and Universal Media Studios. This past development season, he co-starred on David Shore's drama pilot for the network, which was produced by UMS. The actor, who next appears in the feature "The Horsemen," is repped by Bauman, Redanty & Shaul Agency and Rugolo Entertainment.

              McCallany, who has been developing a feature that he is looking to direct, next appears in the feature "Vantage Point." He is repped by APA, manager Dave Fleming at Mosaic Media Group and attorney Rick Genow.

              Anders, who played Julian Sark on ABC's "Alias," recently guest-starred on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." He also plays the title role in the feature "Eli." He is repped by SMS and Liberman/Zerman Management.

              Tamura has starred in more than 15 Japanese features and TV series and has released 10 albums there. She made her English-language debut in the 2006 feature "Surf School."

              The six join Nick d'Agosto, who recently landed a recurring role on "Heroes" next season, as well as Dania Ramirez, who was cast as a new regular.
              "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


              • #8
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                TELEVISION & RADIO
                'Heroes' stars are coming to a country near you

                Martin Miller
                Los Angeles Times
                June 22, 2007

                On tour
                click to enlarge

                Promote the DVD, save the world? Or maybe the global economy?

                NBC's break-out hit from last season, "Heroes" will send forth its cast to half a dozen or more major international cities this summer to push sales for the Aug. 28 DVD and HD DVD release of the show's first season. In keeping with the show's international flavor, cast members will make appearances in Tokyo; Hong Kong; Singapore; Munich, Germany; Paris; London; and New York. Other international cities are expected to join the list before the weeklong tour — also designed to attract viewers for the show's second season — begins.

                International trips for television casts are rare, but "Heroes' " great success, both in foreign countries and on the Internet, helped greenlight the unusual proposal from series creator and executive producer Tim Kring.

                "Clearly, 'Heroes' has struck a chord with people around the world," Kring said at a Thursday morning press conference.
                Last edited by ALIASd; 11-12-2007, 04:22 PM.
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                • #9
                  Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

                  Thanks for all of the updates ALIASd!!! I can't wait for next season to start!!!


                  • #10
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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.

                    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 Housewivessecond Heroesreports that he's in line to play a young Spock in Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams' Star Trekis casting Grunberg in is the buzzerific disaster flick known only by its myriad working titles (i.e., Cloverfield, 1-18-08, Slusho). "It'll probably be something where no one will be able to tell it's me," he said. "As you know, J.J. calls me his good-luck charm, so he's got to put me in there somewhere. I actually went to the set the other night, and it was really exciting and cool. The budget is not astronomical. But they're doing incredible things."
                    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


                    • #11
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                      Quinto may be denying the reports of his Trek casting, but I read this morning that the studio did confirm the casting to at least one web site.


                      • #12
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                        He would seem to be perfect for it, slap those ears on him! J.J. would probably announce in SD this week.
                        "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by ALIASd View Post
                          He would seem to be perfect for it, slap those ears on him! J.J. would probably announce in SD this week.
                          Quinto cast as next-gen half-Vulcan
                          "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


                          • #14
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                            Thanks to NBC's "Heroes" presentation, the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con International will be remembered as the Con at which TV shows eclipsed feature films. Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere of "Heroes" pose for photographers at the press panel. (Getty Photos image)

                            TV Comic-Con 'Heroes'
                            Small screen dominates confab

                            By Borys Kit
                            The Hollywood Reporter
                            July 30, 2007

                            SAN DIEGO -- Thanks to NBC's "Heroes" presentation, the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con International, which took place this weekend, will be remembered as the Con at which TV shows eclipsed feature films.

                            The "Heroes" panel, which started at 12:45 p.m. Saturday and was held in the Convention Center's second-biggest room, holding about 4,000 people, hit maximum capacity almost as soon as the doors opened at 10 a.m. Fans arrived early and sat through two other presentations -- for NBC's "Bionic Woman" and a TV Guide panel on TV heroes -- just to hear the "Heroes" creators and to offer their love to the cast. Even Danny Bonaduce stood in line to ask a question. Thousands more waited in line for hours in case, by chance, some room opened up.

                            When it was announced that Kevin Smith would direct the first episode of spinoff show "Heroes: Origins," an already electric room amped off the charts.

                            Television's presence was the strongest it's ever been at the Con, where the small screen's influence has been slowly growing since ABC launched "Lost" in 2004, previewing the pilot in a large hall that was only half full at the time. But it was those early fans that helped the show become a buzz-worthy hit, and when an unknown show called "Heroes" previewed in 2006 and went on to become one of the biggest new dramas of the season, the Con's launching pad status was solidified.
                            "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


                            • #15
                              Re: 'HEROES' Season 2

                              Hmmm...does anyone know if Season 1 is on sale yet? I watched the first episode of heroes then lost it. I want to buy season 1, make a weekend of watching it then start up on season 2 when it starts.


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