Hollywood Exclusive: Will ‘Heroes’ Ever Return?
When "Heroes" aired last night, it was either the swansong episode of the show or merely the final segment for the season. "To be honest, none of the cast is sure," says Masi Oka, aka time manipulator Hiro Nakamura to fans of the NBC series.
He goes on to say, "We shot the episode without a real ending, without a cliffhanger. It may have been edited differently, but as we shot it, there was nothing to make it different from other episodes."
He notes, "Things are not going easily for the network, and we'll have to see what pilots they pick up before we know what will happen to 'Heroes.' For the sake of everyone, I hope a decision comes sooner rather than later. We have an amazing crew who have to decide whether to take new shows or to remain in limbo until a word comes down as far as 'Heroes.' I will respect the choices they make."
Oka says firmly, "Without a doubt, ratings have dropped on the show. But I would like to see it continue out of respect for the fans who stuck with us from the beginning."
He makes the point, "We were given a second chance after the writers strike, but the writers on the series made a bold choice — bringing in new characters and new story line that didn't connect with the audience. Maybe if the stories had been executed differently, things would have been different, but viewers simply didn't act the way we wanted."
The actor/digital effects artist says that no special screening of Monday night's episode of "Heroes" is planned for the series team. "We finished production and went our separate ways in January and I feel sad that the cast may not have had a chance to say goodbye to a very talented crew."
HUMOR, NOT GENDER: Some male comedians are intimidated by funny women, but not Steve Agee, who stars alongside Sarah Silverman in "The Sarah Silverman Program." He thinks women are finally coming into their own in comedy and rightfully so.
"It's been happening over the past few years with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It seems like there are more and more better parts for women coming along. I like to think Sarah's a part of making that happen," claims Agee about his popular but controversial co-star. He says she's certainly created a very welcoming atmosphere on the set of their show, where it doesn't matter if you're male or female, just as long as you're funny. "I don't have a lot to compare it to because this is my first real TV gig. I feel like I hit the jackpot jumping into this show with people I already knew and have it be a hit," notes Agee about the Comedy Central show returning for a new season Feb. 4. "Luckily, we have a lot of freedom on there, too. We can go do weird, abstract things, but then come back to reality. It's kind of limitless."
HE'S GOT THE LOOK: "Caprica" may be having ratings challenges, but it still looks awfully good, including the sartorial splendor of the men in clothes inspired by the past. "That's the Glenne Campbell wardrobe," notes Esai Morales, speaking of the costume designer "Caprica" inherited from its predecessor show, "Battlestar Galactica." The styles don't have anything to do with another planet, which is what "Caprica" is, but no matter. "One of our directors thinks the coolest look ever was the '40s — when the men were men and the dames were dames," says Morales. As far as whether wardrobe like that helps him get into the right mindset to play a character, he says, "Absolutely, if you allow it to. Just as it does for people who aren't actors — who are very affected by their 'social skin,' which is what I call clothes."
A REAL DRAG: RuPaul is back for another fun-filled season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" on Logo, where you can see some of the most colorful drag queens on television. But if you want to look like a star, he tells us to check out his new book. "I have a book called 'Workin It!: RuPaul's Guide To Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style.' It approaches style from the inside out instead of the outside in. I'm so proud of it," says RuPaul. "It really speaks to finding your own frequency. Everybody has their own frequency and it's about clearing away the blockage that inhibits the transmission of your frequency." RuPaul, we can certainly hear you loud and clear!
With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster
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