Heroes has everyone talking. It has captured the imagination of people all around the world. When asked about last season's finale, writer/producer Tim Kring expressed his satisfaction with the way it wrapped up. "I personally had lots of people tell me they liked it. ... My sense is that we wrapped up a story that was rather large, and I'm hoping that people liked it." He added, "I'm never a hundred percent satisfied with anything, but I was pretty pleased that we were able to wrap up that much story and give ourselves enough of a blank slate to start Season 2 with."
Kring also admitted that the storylines in season two will run in Central America, Mexico, Japan, Egypt, the Ukraine, Haiti, Lithuania, and other countries, so expect a worldwide season.
"A lot of writing for a series is trying to figure out how to maximize the potential of your cast, and when you have actors that can give you more and varied performances, it really allows you to do extraordinary things," he explained. "As far as guest stars, this show is never really focused that much on the guest stars. We have such a big cast. But we have a few interesting people along the way, and I don't know that I'm going to mention any names right now," he said.
"And, as of now, the idea is to run Heroes as contiguously as we can. Obviously, there will be a couple of breaks with Christmas and in the early spring. But Heroes will end at the end of April, and then Origins, which is 6 episodes, will run through May, and that's the basic idea.
Dania Ramirez is joining the cast this season. "I'm excited," she exclaimed with delight. "Right before I came in to test, I started watching the episodes. And I was, like, in Episode 8, I believe, and I was all the way in with all of the characters completely. I called my manager, and I was like, I have to be on this show. I love it. And, for me, it's just a blessing, you know." She is enamored with her new role.
"I play Mia Herrera, and as of right now, you pick her up somewhere in Central America kind of like on the run from the cops. It's really intense," says Ramirez. "It's a storyline that's really just amazing, in my opinion. For me as an actress to be able to come in and play a character that has so many different layers, it's incredible. A lot of people I know on television, usually, their biggest fear is to only be able to play one note, and with this particular character and actually most of the characters, you are able to kind of play so many different emotions. So she's on the run from the cops, which makes it a lot more difficult in her journey to try to make it up to the U.S., crossing borders illegally. We touch upon corruption that exists within Latin America and the borders, crossing borders. It's exciting. I get to speak my native language, which is, you know, amazing on an English-speaking show. Like I said before, I'm just blessed."
When asked about the pressure on the cast and crew to live up to the success of their first season, the actors chimed in:
Milo Ventimiglia: I think there's always going to be pressure no matter whether it's the first, second, third fourth or fifth season. But I think you have to strive to better yourself and better your characters. And you look at going into a second season as you are familiar with what the workload is going to be, but then again, this show is always going to be a big one to make. So I think, if anything, it reminds us not to slow down and not to slack off, to do better and to grow.
Greg Grunberg: I think there's less pressure this year, personally, just because a pilot usually is never as good as the series, and this pilot was just extraordinary. And I think we have kept the quality. To me, at least, whenever I received the next script, it just got better and better. And I think we are in a group. We are really a group on the show. Certainly, the scripts keep getting better for it. So it's just unbelievable, the stuff that's coming out.
Zachary Quinto: Also, I think that pressure, it comes from outside, and I think part of the thing that made this show so successful is that everybody that works on it, you know, from Tim all the way through the cast and the crew, is here to do the best job that they can do, and that has nothing to do with the outside reaction to the show. The work we do here is separate from that, and I think that's what we do as well. So I think that sort of takes a little edge off, too, is that this doesn't seem to be a group that's too interested in plugging into all of this stuff because we know what we are working on is what really matters.
Dont't forget to also check out: Heroes