August 12, 2007

SHARK AHEAD:

Power to the people: ‘Heroes’ star Masi Oka, creator Tim Kring vow to keep surprises coming (Tenley Woodman, 8/12/07, Boston Herald)

Masi Oka is a natural born Hiro.

The Japan-born, California-raised actor nabbed an Emmy nomination for his role as Hiro Nakamura, a computer programmer turned time-traveling protagonist on the NBC hit drama “Heroes.”

The series, which begins its second season Sept. 24, also earned an Emmy nod in the best show category.

“Personally, it is definitely an honor,” Oka said of his nomination. “To be part of this ensemble is just a gift. To have an Emmy nom is a cherry on top. We’re all proud of it.”

“Heroes,” the standout hit of last season, also stars Ali Larter (“Final Destination”), Milo Ventimiglia (“Gilmore Girls”) and Hayden Panettiere (“Ice Princess”) as everyday people with superhuman abilities. But the show’s moral compass, Hiro, almost wasn’t part of the show, creator Tim Kring said during a recent conference call with reporters.

“When I read the first draft of the script, the character (Hiro) didn’t actually exist. There were a preponderance of characters that felt these powers were an affliction. The character was created to lighten up the initial script,” said Kring, whose writing credits also include “Crossing Jordan” and “Providence.”


The show seems not unlikely to stink as they try to extend it out for numerous seasons, but the initial run was entertaining and Hiro is great. Having Mr. Sulu play his father was just one of the nice touches.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 12, 2007 8:14 AM
Comments

Netflix will have the first year available at the end of the month.

Posted by: erp at August 12, 2007 1:36 PM
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