Saturday, December 22, 2007
In its first season, the show features an ensemble cast of twelve main characters. Although NBC's cast page lists only ten characters, Leonard Roberts (D.L. Hawkins), who first appeared in the series' fifth episode, was an additional member of the original full-time cast. In episode eleven of the first season, Jack Coleman (Noah Bennet) was upgraded from a recurring role to become the twelfth full-time cast member as of "Fallout".The series also features many guest and recurring characters, including friends and family of the main cast, criminals and villains, and other individuals with remarkable powers. Zachary Quinto and James Kyson Lee, who were recurring cast members in the first season, join the main cast for the second season. They are joined by new cast members David Anders, Kristen Bell, Dana Davis and Dania Ramirez. Anders was originally hired as a recurring cast member, and then upgraded to a regular before the season began. He was listed as a guest star until the fifth episode of season two, when he was listed as a main cast member. Santiago Cabrera, Tawny Cypress, and Leonard are no longer listed as part of the main cast.
Heroes is an American science fiction serial drama television series created by Tim Kring. It premiered on NBC on September 25, 2006. The show tells the story of several people who "thought they were like everyone else... until they realized they have incredible abilities." These people soon realize they have a role in preventing catastrophe and saving humanity. The series emulates the style of American comic books in aesthetic, as well as storytelling (i.e. short, multi-episode story arcs that build upon a larger, more encompassing arc). Kring said "we have talked about where the show goes up to five seasons." The first season attracted an average of 14.3 million viewers in the United States and received the highest rating for any NBC drama premiere in five years. The first season's run consisted of 23 episodes; 24 episodes were ordered for the second season.The second season of Heroes premiered on September 24, 2007, but only 11 of 24 episodes have been broadcast, due to the writers' strike The dispute also led to the postponement of a six episode spin-off, Heroes:Origins, which was originally expected to air in April and May of 2008.