For every new television season, viewers know what to expect: a lot of duds and, hopefully, one or two shows actually worth watching. Without a doubt, one of the biggest hits to come to the small screen in the past two years is NBC's Heroes, a serial drama about "ordinary people with extraordinary powers."
The man behind the show is creator and executive producer Tim Kring, who cut his chops writing for Crossing Jordan and Providence before going sci-fi with an emphasis on character development. With two successful seasons (one and a half if you want to get technical) of Heroes under his belt and a legion of devoted fans, Kring is one of television's bright stars behind the camera.
TV.com users agree; you guys voted Heroes the Best Show of 2007 in the Best of 2007 TV.com awards. We finally caught up with Kring, who has been SUPER busy putting together Volume Three of the show, and chatted him up about the award, what to expect coming up, and what shows he respects.
TV.com: A belated congratulations on winning the users' choice award for best show at last year's TV.com Best of 2007 awards! What does this sort of recognition mean to you?
Tim Kring: It's great. TV.com is a terrific site that does a fantastic job at being informative, entertaining as well as interactive. It's built a real community there, based around TV and fandom. It's like winning the MVP--extremely rewarding. Thanks!
TV.com: Obviously Heroes has a devoted, dedicated, rabid fan base. What do you think it is about Heroes that has people flocking to it?
Tim Kring: I think it definitely reflects a sign of the times. A show like Heroes represents an idea for a lot of people--the idea of interconnectivity and how ordinary people are going to be the ones that save the world (these ones just happen to have extraordinary abilities). That resonates with people, it gives a message of hope--and as Barack Obama's campaign can attest, hope is a powerful thing.
TV.com: Previously, Heroes has sought to get its fans more involved with an online presence, specifically with Heroes: Origins. Now that that is gone, are there any other interactive Heroes experiences we can expect in the near future?
Tim Kring: We have some great content going up on NBC.com . Every week we have new online comics, interactive stories and games and in July we're going to air three webisodes introducing a new character into the universe of Heroes. On top of that, we also do mobile content, and we have a video game in development as well.
TV.com: I understand season three is going to concentrate a little bit on the potential bad side of superpowers. Can you give our users a little teaser of what they can expect?
Tim Kring: It's called Volume 3: Villains, so that kind of gives you a little heads up right there. I think people will be very surprised with who the villains actually are. To start right off, people can expect to find out who shot Nathan Petrelli, and you may be VERY surprised.
TV.com: What other shows out there do you think do a great job of reeling fans in week after week? And what shows are you a fan of personally?
Tim Kring: I think Lost does a great job at continually asking questions, opening doors and finding ways to creatively get themselves out of the corners after they paint themselves into them. But these days you don't need a big hit like that to build an online community. There are many shows that have much smaller on air audiences that have figured out how to drive people to an online experience. I think Gossip Girl is a great example of that. As for what shows I'm a fan of, the truth is that making a show doesn't allow for a lot of free time to watch TV.
TV.com: Thanks for talking to us, Tim.