Spoiler Alert: 'Heroes' resurrects 'Carnivale'

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Wanna know what Season 4 of Heroes is gonna be like?

Go back and watch Carnivàle.

Based on the casting breakdowns that are making the rounds in Hollywood, it seems safe to say that the creatively resurgent NBC drama’s new volume, "Redemption," will bear more than a passing resemblance to the much-missed HBO show.

Besides a Knife Thrower and a sexy, twentysomething Tattoo Girl, Heroes is on the hunt for a middle-aged Eddie Izzard type to play the Carnival Barker, a smooth operator with a wicked wit. This character, I hear, will start small and grow. (Not grow as in grow-into-World’s-Tallest-Man grow, but grow nonetheless.)

In addition, the series is searching for its own Ellen Page to play Claire’s (Hayden Panettiere) quirky college roommate, and a stalwart — think Andre Braugher — for the role of Matt’s (Greg Grunberg) partner… and mentor.

Sound good to you? Or at least better than this season of Heroes? Or does it just annoy you that somebody is doing Carnivàle other than, er, Carnivàle? (My opinion? Yes, yes, and a little.) Sound off below! (Additional reporting by Andy Patrick)

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  • Amy

    I’ve never seen Carnivale, but I love Heroes.
    So far the Knife Thrower sounds the best. Will his/her power be perfect accuracy or something? Or can he change his body parts into knives?
    Claire’s roommate has potential too, as long as they don’t go out of the way to make her too quirky.

  • Emily

    That only makes me miss Carnivale more. Boy do I miss that show. One of the best ever. Sigh. A sad sigh.

  • Alicia Gray

    Never saw the show. Kinda of skeptical about a carnival angle though. Not liking it.

  • The_1337

    Wtf….
    I have a bad feeling about this.

  • kermode

    Concept doesn’t matter – its the writing which does, and unless they replace the team its going to more of the same old same old zzzzzz

  • Doris

    I’d love it if they added Patrick Bauchau, who was my favorite Carnivale actor (love that voice).

  • Kate

    If they could do it with a nod to Carnivale, that would be great. I.E., they are fond of everyone being related, why not trace some families to a traveling circus in the 1920s or a religious commune that came to a tragic end. The traveling circus tracing from a young man and the religious commune from a young woman who might have been the Antichrist, and it is clear the young man care for her but killed her and he might just have been an angel.

  • KendallJaye Collard

    gawd i miss carnivale…

  • KayF

    Well since every season of heros the plots are rip off from other show ie: 4400, xmen it really should make a difference. I watch the show when the writes actually come up with an original idea

  • Mary

    I loved Carnivale, and was so sad it went off the air :-( Particularly on one of the biggest cliffhangers ever (and HBO actually said that it had ended with proper closure, whatever!) I was hoping you’d say Clancy Brown would be showing up – now that would be awesome! In fact, he should be the new baddie, maybe take Sylar under his wing or something. I am skeptical as to how long they can keep up the Sylar/Nathan thing – it seems they’ll have to get rid of Nathan eventually, but I doubt they’ll want to. They should have killed off Mohinder instead.

  • handy dingle

    this show has become a total waste of talent. just release the worthwhile people from their contracts and let this mess die the quick painless death it deserves.

  • Denise Osborne

    Carnivale was one of the best shows ever. Bring it back!

  • Heather

    I never really got into Carnivale, but I do have to say that Eddie Izzard would be a great person to cast for the Eddie Izzard type. I mean, did anyone besides my hubby and me watch the Riches? Eddie was great!!

  • lorry

    It’s such a waste. So much talent in the show and the cast – well, most of them – are just so sweet. I just don’t what they’re taking in that writing room. Maybe they got the brown acid?

  • lorry

    one more thing regarding ripoffs. Hiro gets a nosebleed. come on.

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