Heroes Reborn is just months away from bringing the NBC show back to life, following the unceremonious cancellation it received in 2010. After a critically acclaimed first season, Heroes - which centered on the emergence of superhuman abilities in ordinary people - began to steadily lose viewership, despite some fans' hope that the show could bounce back.
Now that the show is getting a new lease on life in the form of a 13-episode miniseries event, that fanbase is eager to learn more about what these new episodes will involve and how they will tie to the existing mythology. Casting news has already been pouring in, with original stars like Masi Oka and Greg Grunberg among those returning.
Zachary Levi - who previously starred on NBC's Chuck - is also joining the cast of Heroes Reborn, and the actor was on hand during the show's Shaw Media upfront presentation in Canada. The TV Junkies caught up with Levi, who discussed his mysterious character, Luke Collins:
"[Luke] is doing things for a reason, a reason that he's convinced is the right thing to do, at least for the time being or whatever. But it's a journey and I think all the characters in this show, they all start in one spot and they all end in another. It's really big and a lot of things are going on. These things affect each of the characters. That definitely happens to my character as well. I so badly want to say more to all this, but it would be total spoiler alert and I'd get fired and that would be a bummer."
As was the case with the original series, it does look like the characters of Heroes Reborn will see their perspective (and powers?) evolve over the course of the new run of episodes. Much speculation has centered on whether Levi will play a villain, but even if that's the case initially, his comments certainly indicate that there's far more to Luke than simply an evil streak:
"Coming in as a wild card it's like, 'What is he going to do?' And you get a little more leeway to play with that and to surprise people. I'm a big fan of surprising people. And scaring people! But surprising people... He’s complicated. But I think the complication is what makes it really intriguing. It was the most intriguing thing to me about the character. When I found out who they wanted me to play I was like, 'Yes. That's the character I would like to play.'"
In addition to chatting with Levi, the site also reported on a sizzle reel that broadcaster Global TV played at the event, which revealed that Noah Gray-Cabey - who was just a child when he played technopath Micah Sanders - will return in a guest role on the show. Now 19, Gray-Cabey has also appeared on sitcom My Wife and Kids and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Thus far, most of the returning stars from the original Heroes appear to be limited to guest-star status. More and more, it looks like the original stars will mostly serve to bridge the gap into a new generation of heroes (and villains) that could potentially take the show forward, though this is purely speculation at this point. In any case, the introduction of Levi's morally questionable character and the continuation of Micah's story will likely end up as major narrative threads on Heroes Reborn.
Are you glad that Levi's character will continue the show's tradition of "complicated" characters, and is Gray-Cabey a good addition to the show's revival? Let us know your thoughts below.
Heroes Reborn will debut with 13 new episodes this fall – airing Thursdays at 8pm on NBC.
Source: The TV Junkies