Kring talks Heroes: Origins

Now begins the painful period for Heroes fans who must sit idly until next fall, when the saga of the ordinary people with extraordinary abilities continues. Last night's finale literally ended with a bang, and even touched on what viewers can expect from volume two, which is subtitled Generations.

One of the things that fans are looking forward to in the second season is the six-episode series spin-off called Heroes: Origins that was unveiled at NBC's upfronts last week. The half dozen shows will air during the regular show's midseason break, bringing the total number of Heroes episodes to 30 for the season.

On a live blog hosted by NBC.com, Heroes creator Tim Kring answered fans' questions, one of them being about Origins.

"The idea was to try to do about half a dozen episodes that are stand-alone episodes dealing with the origin stories of characters all around the world who are waking up with the discovery of these unique abilities," said Kring. "They are not connected necessarily to the show Heroes, but if you do watch or are a fan of Heroes, you'll see tiny little clues that tie into the show."

And there's good news for fans who grew up watching old sci-fi shows. Kring wants the storytelling to be similar to that of The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling.

"[Origins will feature] cautionary tales and morality tales," said Kring. "Dealing with these people with unique abilities. So they're completely stand-alone episodes that don't follow a serialized formula."

When the spin-off was first announced, NBC said that one of the new characters featured would become a member of the Heroes cast, but that doesn't seem etched in stone yet.

"Some of the stories in Origins can be similar to characters currently on Heroes and one of the people on Origins may be involved on Heroes, eventually..." (emphasis added.)

Kring also touches on season two, saying that the "Volume 2: Generations" storyline won't take up the entire season.

"...as you notice Volume 2 started the end of tonight's episode, but by no means does Volume 2 have to be the entire length of Season 2," he said. "In fact, don't expect it to. It will end sometime in the middle of the season, wrapping up a story with it that will allow us to launch in to a new storyline."

Kring also states that they're working on getting Christopher Eccleston, who plays Claude Raines (the man with power of invisibility), back for the next season.

For more on Heroes, check out TV.com's previous coverage and don't forget to discuss last night's finale in the exclusive TV.com live chat today at 3 p.m. PT.

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Jul 21, 2007
I really enjoyed Heroes finale, I can't believe most of yous didn't. It wasn't the best finale ever or even the best of the year (Lost Season 3 finale tops that) BUT it still was a fantastic conclusion to a great season. Regarding the finale; I am confused by the last minute or so and wouldn't want the first half of season 2 to be based on that (that would be boring) Bring on Volume 2!
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Jul 04, 2007
Yay, more Claude! I sure hope they get him back.
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Jun 13, 2007
i have to say that the last episode of heroes is still going in my head by the fact that i don't know what to expect in the second season and i like it.I keep wondering what happened to peter, did he regenerate after the explosion??and seriously why is hiro in the past in the time of kensei if he had already control of his power??? Seriously I'm looking forward for season 2.
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Jun 11, 2007
i loved heroes yea it was a shame the way it ended but like all the other episodes it left us wanting to see the next the final episode was no different and i once again find myself twidling my thumbs in antisipation of *origins* and season 2.

if anyone read what kring said there are clues in the whole season and what i have not seen is someone mention the cockroach strange dont you think that this 1 thing seems to appear in most if not all the episodes ill watch them again to see but i sure there was one with sylr at least 3 times in the season (when he was captured by bennet) and the last episode on the drain where slyr went)
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Jun 09, 2007
i guess i'm not seeing right since i still didn't gather when is "origins" starting. i would be thankful for an answer.
thanx!
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May 31, 2007
this is the hippest show out today i cant wait for more hero action.....
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May 27, 2007
Yeah, the season ender was horrific, community wide, I know all my friends were fiercely disappointed by it. I am looking forward to these Origins however....good move for the marketing people, we should be seeing Heroes cereal soon!
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May 27, 2007
This is going to be awesome. I love heroes, and this is a new concept, and if it gives me more of one of my favorite shows, then go NBC.
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May 26, 2007
Peter couldn´t use his powers coz after he run away from Nathan on season finale, he became invisible and using that ability triggered Ted´s power. After he absorbed and used Niki´s power he triggered Ted´s power again... He couldn´t use anything without blowing up New York.
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May 25, 2007
do u think that Sylar is alive? maybe someone has draged him to the pipes... maybe MARIO! (sry stupid comment...)
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May 25, 2007
do u think that Sylar is alive? maybe someone has draged him to the pipes... maybe MARIO! (sry stupid comment...)
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May 25, 2007
My only problems with the show is that

a) Peter is being such a #$%#%^ wuss about using his powers, i.e., to take on Sylar -- but I will grant that he's always been a dependent kinda guy from the start, not a self-initiator... so I'll give them that.

b) He also seems to be somewhat of a dimbulb, though, on using his powers. He knows (blatantly) about Hiro's power, which is tremendously useful, ditto for Nathan's flying, which was clearly relevant to the end... he clearly did not need Nathan to fly him away (Neither need Nathan be dead, of course -- Nathan could have taken him ballistic, then flown away and caught him afterwards, although he would likely not need to). The earlier confrontation with Sylar (not the 5-years hence one) was equally dissatisfying for similar reasons. It's like he doesn't [b]think[/b] about how to use them ahead of time, even when (such as when he was looking towards the confrontation with Sylar at the plaza) he [i]knows[/i] he is going to need to be prepared with a plan of attack.



The show is still one of the best shows on TV but I do ack that sometimes I am annoyed with the presence of "stupidity plot" elements (i.e., the only reason the plot advances is because someone is being a total, absolute, brain-dead [b]moron[/b]... and usually it's Peter.
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May 24, 2007
Wow, some mixed reactions from the season final!
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May 24, 2007
Totally, agree why didn't Peter fly himself, why didn't Sylar stop Hiro? I reckon they can only use one power at a time, so Peter was glowing and couldn't fly?
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May 24, 2007
what i dont get is.
why did nathan have to fly peter up there.
peter has his power....
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May 24, 2007
"...cuz whenever I think of him, he can see me..." Creepy, kinda like the Eye of Sauron in LOTR. Who's this super-boogie man Molly was talking about? One of the existing characters in Herors? Or a new super-villain?
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May 24, 2007
Yeah - Sylar is obviously alive, there's zero chance that Peter is dead, Nathan is almost certainly going to live, and Linderman... yeah dead? I doubt it. I mean even DL and Ando survived! Frankly, while I love the show, I think it needed a proper Peter/Sylar bust up and a proper dead & buried never to come back death in the finale. Pity, as it had the guts to do it earlier: Ted, Isaac, Eden, Simone, and especially Charlie.
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May 23, 2007
Oh, yeah, Christopher Eccleston for next season would be so great:)
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May 23, 2007
what the hell r u talking about i liked it, it wasnt that good but, still i liked it

go Heroes
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May 23, 2007
That was the worst season finale I've ever seen.
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May 23, 2007
The Petrelli brothers survive as did Sylar. Chapter 2 is NOT just about Hiro...
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May 23, 2007
Looking forward to seeing what Sylar will be doing after he escaped into the sewers,

And for the record i think Heroes is one of the best shows ever
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May 23, 2007
Pretty funny Sylar's ultimate goal was to kill Peter and stop the bomb, instead Hiro PWNed him and the Petrelli's blew (sorta like the show without them). Anyway, if the Hiro in the 1600s is gonan take up half the season, I just may wait for that second half to air. Also hoping they can snag Missy Peregrym as a regular, Candice (or Candace, the Heroes people spelled it both ways) rules.
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May 23, 2007
didn't like the first season much, I'll see what the second season will show, hoping that they make a better work.
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May 23, 2007
Kinda sucked that Mr. Bad-ass supervillain Linderman got killed by some petty criminal like D.L., some villain...
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May 22, 2007
That chat was packed
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May 22, 2007
Are you kidding? Sylar's better off dead, that part of the storyline on this season dragged out SO long. How many times do these guys have to hesitate before they realize oh crap, we better kill him fast!
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May 22, 2007
Bring back the invisible man dammit!!! And Sylar so that Heroes can give fans the fight they all thought they would get between him and Petrelli!!!
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May 22, 2007
Yes, bring back Chris Eccleston he was great as the 9th Doctor and as Claude.
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May 22, 2007
Yes please!!!! Chris Eccleston back in season 2!!!!!!
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May 22, 2007
It'll be awesome if they can get Chris Eccleston back for Season 2.
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May 22, 2007
Cant wait, its gonna be great

that was a bit cheesy.
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