Heroes Reborn: Tim Kring Answers Burning Questions Heroes Reborn: Tim Kring Answers Burning Questions
Interview with creator Tim Kring about the upcoming return of Heroes with Heroes Reborn on NBC. Heroes Reborn: Tim Kring Answers Burning Questions

Heroes is reborn!

The series which became a bit of a phenomenon for NBC a decade ago is back for another incarnation, titled Heroes Reborn, which premieres September 24 on the network. Creator Tim Kring is back, as are original cast members including Jack Coleman, whose Noah Bennet/”HRG” is a series regular. Other original cast including Sendhil Ramamurthy, Greg Grunberg, Cristine Rose, and Masi Oka are also expected to reprise their roles, but the spotlight is now on a group of new characters. The new cast includes Zachary Levi (Chuck), Robbie Kay (Once Upon A Time), Ryan Guzman (The Boy Next Door), Judith Shekoni (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), and more.

Heroes Reborn - Season 1We spoke with Tim Kring about the show’s revival at the recent TV critics’ press tour, but our approach is a little bit different than what you might see elsewhere: We asked questions that would be like more what the die-hard Heroes fans would wonder about: You know, those refugees of 9th Wonders who would visit the Heroes Wiki and such sites while listening to the 10th Wonder podcast, and then posting on the Heroes forum at KryptonSite – now at KSiteTV. In doing so, we might have gotten a little fannish. Short of asking Kring “are you ever going to rescue Caitlin from that alternate future,” “will we see Ali Larter as Barbara,” or “was Mr. Muggles an EVO,” hopefully we were successful.

So, enjoy the interview and stay tuned to KSiteTV as well as our revived Heroes portal, HeroSite.net, for more on the show as it approaches.

KSITETV’s CRAIG BYRNE:In the press release about the Heroes Reborn premiere screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, they mentioned the title of the first episode of Heroes Reborn as “Brave New World.”  The final episode of the original series also had that name. Is this an intentional repeated usage?

clairefinaleTIM KRING: It’s the same title as the final episode, and that was my way of saying for those of you who were loyal viewers, there was a continuum of sorts between the old and the new. The truth is — we have taken creative license, because it is not the same. It is not the exact same story. It’s five years later, and the show literally picks up five years later. It’s exactly the same amount of time from the last time you actually saw Heroes on the air, to now. So when it premieres on September 24, the amount of time that has been missing between those two is exactly whatever number of days it has been. So, the world has changed.

We actually have thought about this event series as Season 10, so there are “missing seasons” in between. This isn’t Season 5.

Heroes Reborn - Season 1Will we ever see some of the missing time covered on the series, kind of like the “Six Months Ago” episode of the original show?

Yes. This is partly what HRG’s storyline is – Why he is a central figure in this that his story unpacks and uncovers a lot of the old mythology of the show and some of the missing pieces that are between that show and this. His character is designed as a thriller/bloodhound kind of character that has to figure this stuff out.

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Craig Byrne, Editor-In-Chief

KSiteTV Editor-In-Chief Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.