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'Heroes Reborn: Digital Series' launching in conjunction with reboot

One week after asking viewers to submit their own sitcom ideas, NBC is again expanded its original programming, but this time online.

Heroes Reborn: Digital Series, an online prequel in conjunction with the previously announced Heroes miniseries from executive producer Tim Kring, will be among the first series to debut on NBC.com as part of the network’s new original online video initiative announced Tuesday. Also launching is an interactive series about the super fans who wait in the Saturday Night Live standby line, Saturday Night Line. READ FULL STORY

Robert Knepper on 'Heroes' reboot: 'I would love to be a part of it'

With Heroes returning for a 13-episode event series, titled Heroes Reborn, in 2015, what does that mean for the original cast? Will all the superheroes return? We can’t say for certain, but we do know one actor who’d happily reprise his role.

Robert Knepper, who played evolved human/carnival runner Samuel Sullivan in the original series, told us he would gladly return to the show. “It’s funny. I just did hear about that and I haven’t been approached yet, but I’m hoping that’s just because it’s just happened so quickly. I would love to be a part of it,” Knepper said.

In fact, Knepper would love it if this reboot were only the beginning. “I think the fans deserve a true [summary] of the whole thing, which in typical network fashion, sometimes you can’t always give that because they don’t know if they’re going to pick the show up. People have been asking for this for a long time — ‘Can you wrap this up?’ — and I hope that either it’s a really fitting wrap-up or it’s the beginning of a wrap-up and the fans come back and say, ‘We want some more!’ So we’ll see.”

The possibilities are endless, but Knepper does have one special request: “Hopefully nobody gets killed.”

'American Horror Story': Zachary Quinto on this week's shocker and 'the most brutal, unsettling, affecting stuff I've ever done' -- EXCLUSIVE

Last year, American Horror Story took eight episodes to reveal the identity of its rookie season’s hideously kinky house devil, Rubberman. The sophomore season’s masked monster – Bloody Face, a serial killer who skins and decapitates his female victims – has shown his true face after just five episodes. If you haven’t watched the Wednesday Nov. 14 installment of FX’s freaky fantasia on national themes (racism, sexism, homophobia, religion, reproductive rights, mutant monsters, alien abduction, satanic possession, Anne Frank —  you know, the usual hot-button issues), then in the name of the Infantata, turn back now or we’ll puncture your eyeball with an orbitoclast of spoilers! So… SPOILER ALERT!  READ FULL STORY

Official: Kiefer Sutherland, 'Heroes' creator launching Fox series

Done deal: Kiefer Sutherland is coming back to Fox as the star of a new midseason series from Heroes creator Tim Kring.

Fox has been keen on getting the 24 star back on the air and leaning heavily toward giving an official 13-episode series order to his drama project Touch for months, and now things are firmly a go. Touch is about a father (Sutherland) whose autistic and mute son can predict events before they happen.

Touch is another ambitious series from Tim Kring that is beautifully executed and has incredibly resonant themes for our times,” said Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly. “With Kiefer back on the network as the face and force behind this creative new series, I’m confident it will resonate with viewers this spring.” READ FULL STORY

'Castle,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

spoiler-roomImage Credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CW; Monty Brinton/CBS; Karen Neal/ABCTV, I wish I knew how to quit you.

Actually…no I don’t. Without you, we’d all be bored, heartless, apathetic loners. Let’s never part. I’ll make you a deal: You stay highly entertaining, I’ll spoil, and we will all promise to consume our television programming greedily. And judging by what’s coming up on Castle, Outsourced, How I Met Your Mother, Gossip Girl and a ton of other shows, you’re going to be keeping up your end of the bargain.

(Roomies, don’t forget to send your questions — and general ramblings — to spoilerroom@ew.com. I promise I read them all. Or tweet me @EWSandraG.) READ FULL STORY

'Lost' and 'Heroes' top list of most pirated shows of 2010

heros2Image Credit: Chis HastonTwo shows that bid farewell in 2010 under drastically different circumstances topped the list of the most pirated television programs of the year, according to TorrentFreak.com. Lost, which wrapped after six seasons, was illegally downloaded nearly six million times, while Heroes, which NBC canceled in May after a disappointing fourth season, recorded more downloads than its average weekly television audience. (In other words, people in New Zealand were willing to break the law to watch a show NBC couldn’t give away in America for free!)

Dexter, which ranked third, also posted more pirated episodes than the Showtime hit’s lawful average viewership. The rest of the top 10 included: The Big Bang Theory, House, How I Met Your Mother, 24, True Blood, Glee, and Family Guy.

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Scoop: Ex-Hero Jack Coleman takes 'Office' job

jack-colemanImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosThe buzz around the Dunder Mifflin watercooler is that Heroes vet Jack Coleman is nearing a deal to guest-star in an upcoming episode of The Office. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' baddie Zachary Quinto 'bummed' about wrap-up movie's demise

zachary-quintoImage Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBCHeroes fans aren’t the only folks miffed by NBC’s decision not to move forward with plans for a wrap-up movie. The show’s brain-eating baddie Zachary Quinto is also disheartened that closure won’t come to the Heroesverse. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' cancellation: Source says NBC not moving forward with movie that will wrap up series

tim-kringImage Credit: Frank Ockenfels/NBCDon’t hold out for closure, Heroes fans: A key source on the canceled drama told EW that NBC is not moving forward with a movie that would wrap up the four-year series. After the Peacock announced the show’s cancellation last May, there was some talk about allowing creator Tim Kring to give fans one more chance to say goodbye to their favorite characters, but that’s as far as it went.

NBC would not comment Thursday.

In June, Kring didn’t sound particularly hopeful about a Heroes sendoff on NBC when he talked to EW about his next project – creating interactive content for Nokia. “No decision has been made,” he said. “But the Heroes brand is an extremely broad premise. It was a premise about ordinary people, an undisclosed number of people all over the world, who were waking up to these extraordinary abilities. Any number of stories could happen around that. We never posited a single ending or a single premise.  It wasn’t about getting off of an island or stopping something from happening. We told stories in volumes that had a beginning, a middle, and an end. Those volumes could go on and on and on with many different characters. As a result, that Heroes universe is something that can be tapped into again in many ways.”  Translation: Any kind of follow-up could happen on the web! Or maybe in print! Just not on NBC during the 2010-11 season, it seems.

Kring’s relationship didn’t end after Heroes: He sold a script to the peacock called III for the 2010-11 season but it never moved past the development stage. It was about a third world war involving the invasion of the United States.

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Glee,' 'Bones,' 'Supernatural,' 'HIMYM,' and more!

ask-ausielloImage Credit: Virginia Sherwood/NBC; Ray Mickshaw/Fox; Giovanni Rufino/The CW; Cliff Lipson/CBSGot a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com.

Question: Have you seen the House premiere? If so, thoughts? —Robin
Ausiello:
Yes, I’ve seen it—it’s the reason this column arrived a little late. If you’re a Huddy fan, you’re going to swoon yourself silly. The Sept. 20 opener features the star-crossed lovers cuddling, bathing, massaging, champagne-toasting, and—of course—kissing. I think I counted a dozen smooches in the first 15 minutes alone. The episode will also answer the burning question “What does Hugh Laurie look like wearing nothing but a laptop?”

Question: Should we read anything into the fact that Chase is touching Thirteen’s shoulder in House‘s season 7 key art? —Nina
Ausiello:
After watching the premiere, I would have to say HELL YES, YOU SHOULD.

Question: How does House’s team—specifically Chase, Taub, and Foreman—react to House and Cuddy being an item? —Brandon
Ausiello:
To quote Dr. Crankenstein in episode 2, one is “in favor,” another is “indignant,” and a third is “indifferent.” Now head to the comments and match the adjective with the character! But first, repeat after me: “Games are fun.” READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'The Office,' 'Bones,' 'Supernatural,' Glee,' 'Chuck,' and more!

ask-ausielloImage Credit: Mitch Haddad/NBC; Matthias Clamer/Fox; Kirsty Griffin/Starz; Jordin Althaus/NBCGot a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: Though I can’t imagine The Office without Michael Scott, I’m more concerned about Holly and Michael getting their much-needed reunion before he bids adieu. Any chance this will happen? —Meaghan
Ausiello:
I’d say there’s a very good chance considering the fact that [exclusive scoop alert!] Amy Ryan (a.k.a. Holly) is not only returning to The Office, but will be playing a sizable role in the show’s upcoming seventh season. “We set her return up in the finale, so it would be the biggest [cop-out] of all time if we didn’t [follow through] on it,” says coexec producer and cast member Mindy Kaling. “She’s definitely coming back.”

Question: How can I get your autograph? —Danny
Ausiello:
You can bring a Sharpie to Comic-Con next week and follow the scent of Diet Raspberry Snapple and blue PVC.

Question: I love True Blood. I love Eric. Scoop, please. —Angi
Ausiello:
Is it too soon to be talking about the finale? No? Cool. Exec producer Alan Ball tells me that there will be a “lot of Bill-Sookie-Eric stuff” in the season 3 finale. “It involves blood, it involves trust, and it does not go where we expect it to go.” READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Big Love,' 'Castle,' 'Gossip Girl,' Chuck,' and more!

ask-ausielloImage Credit: Bill Records/NBC; Giovanni Rufino/The CW; Florian Schneider/Fox; Chris Haston/NBCGot a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: Can you please give us some House news that is not about Huddy? —Monica
Ausiello:
Here’s something: Series creator David Shore confirms that producers are casting a new female doc to fill the temporary void left by Olivia Wilde. “We’re working on it,” he tells me. “There’s no definitive answer, [but] it’s something we’re figuring out.”

Question: Last week you asked if anyone watches My Boys other than the very question-y “Kim.” I do! As a girl who’s always been equally boy-crazy and sports-crazy, I completely dig the show, and I’ve seen every episode. —Darcy
Ausiello:
Thanks for letting me know. I will sleep much easier tonight, Kim. READ FULL STORY

'Heroes' boss Tim Kring on series wrap-up and his next project

tim-kringImage Credit: Frank Ockenfels/NBCEW caught up with Heroes creator Tim Kring to talk about his next project — creating interactive content for Nokia that’s meant to inspire social change — and whether fans of his popular NBC series will enjoy some closure after the network opted out of ordering a fifth season of the heavy-serialized drama.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Talk about your new project, Conspiracy For Good.
TIM KRING:
Hopefully, we are creating a narrative that will play out across multiple platforms. It’s taking what I learned on Heroes. We told a lot of story online and through mobile, publishing, and merchandising. Everywhere you could connect to an audience with the narrative, we were telling stories. This is taking that same idea and rolling it out, literally, into the streets. The exciting part is that the narrative lives all around you — on your mobile phone, on the internet, and starting on July 17, literally on the streets of London for three weeks. The narrative is a deep mythology with good guys and bad guys, but a little more grounded in the real world in that it doesn’t deal with supernatural or super powers. It’s grounded very much in the real world. It has twists and turns and lead characters and all of that.

Who’s your villain?
Our villain is an evil corporation. They’re involved in many things that we associate with greed and corruption. The conspiracy for good is a global movement around trying to fight this corporate greed and social and environmental injustice. It involves a single storyline that makes its way from Africa to the UK in the next several weeks, and then rolls out onto the streets of London. One character in particular is on a real quest to get justice.

Is the character in law enforcement?
No. It’s an average person.

How do you gain access to the content?
There are many points of entry.  Right now, the main way in is through Conspiracyforgood.com, which is now up and launched. You go to the webpage that features videos and recaps that point you to the activities that are going on and, essentially, how you can get involved. There is other online content that falls into the category of an alternate reality game. Lots of clues and ciphers and hidden codes, codes in songs embedded into music. You’re using the Nokia maps to find things.

Does it have the potential to become a TV show?
It’s not really meant to be a TV project. It’s meant to be an interactive, immersive, pervasive project as opposed to a laid-back experience where you let content wash over you. This is a participation project and I think it’s playing into where audiences are really heading. We have this mobile phone in our hand for four or five hours of the day. When we’re watching TV, we have our laptops open so we can email our friends. In a sense, we are never offline anymore. For someone like me who is a storyteller, it affords tremendous opportunity to tell stories to wherever you are.  That’s what I’m fascinated by and that’s what this project does.

Is TV feeling too old school for you now?
I still have a very active career in the traditional medium of television. I very strongly appreciate what got me to the dance to begin with. I must admit, in the last several years, I’ve seen where the audience is going and how they are consuming content. I’m really beginning to see if you really want to be relevant and really want to reach a mass audience, you have to go where people seem to be going right now.  A show like Heroes was very much at the forefront of the paradigm shift of how people are consuming content. Heroes became the number one downloaded show in the world, even while it was having traditional slipping Nielsen ratings. It certainly was a complicated issue for the network. For me personally, I was intrigued by that, [where] people were consuming content.

Have you given up on TV?
Not at all. TV is still an incredibly exciting medium to work in. What I did learn is that television for me is not enough. Heroes really taught me that much of the excitement of it was creating this three-dimensional platform around a show. It used to be thought of as a one-way street. You push content out into the world and if they liked it, you’d find out two or three months later. Now, the feedback loop is so immediate between you and the audience. You can push out content and an hour later you can have people participating in it or voting on it or doing mashups.

Are you working on anything for TV?
I am currently working on some projects that can be perceived as traditional. I don’t think I can ever approach a project again without thinking about how it could also live on other platforms. To me, it’s become second nature.

Are you going to Comic-Con this summer?
Yes. I may be talking a little bit about this. I’m also talking about a book that I have coming out in the summer. Heroes is something I still want to talk about, too.

Will we see a Heroes movie on NBC next season?
No decision has been made. But the Heroes brand is an extremely broad premise. It was a premise about ordinary people, an undisclosed number of people all over the world, who were waking up to these extraordinary abilities. Any number of stories could happen around that. We never posited a single ending or a single premise.  It wasn’t about getting off of an island or stopping something from happening. We told stories in volumes that had a beginning, a middle, and an end. Those volumes could go on and on and on with many different characters. As a result, that Heroes universe is something that can be tapped into again in many ways. Certainly, a movie is a way to do that and clearly, there is an entire world and a number of platforms that this property could live in. Movies sometimes need a little distance from the television show.

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