New ar­rivals power on among re­turn­ing He­roes

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - COLIN VICK­ERY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

The first He­roes star Jack Coleman knew about the cult se­ries get­ting a re­boot was when he saw an ad­ver­tise­ment on tele­vi­sion.

Coleman played Noah Ben­nett, aka the man in horn­rimmed glasses, through four sea­sons of the sci-fi drama, but he had no idea cre­ator Tim Kring was plan­ning to res­ur­rect the show.

“I was watch­ing the Win­ter Olympics and saw the ad for He­roes Reborn, and the other ac­tors and I be­gan tex­ting each other if we knew about this,” Coleman re­calls.

As it hap­pens, Coleman is one of the few orig­i­nal He­roes ac­tors to re­turn for He­roes Reborn. Kring had to jet­ti­son Hay­den Panet­tiere (Claire), Zachary Quinto (Sy­lar), and Milo Ven­timiglia (Peter Pe­trelli) due to un­avail­abil­ity.

New sign­ings in­clude Zach Levi ( Chuck), Rob­bie Kay (Peter Pan in Once Upon a Time), Ryan Guz­man ( The Boy Next Door), and Ja­panese star Kiki Sukezane.

Kring has de­vised a 13-part stand-alone sto­ry­line which takes place five years af­ter the events in He­roes.

The new se­ries starts with a mur­der­ous ex­plo­sion at the Unity Sum­mit in Odessa, Texas, an event de­signed to make peace be­tween evos (evolved hu­mans) and the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion.

“I al­ways saw it ( He­roes) as a show that could re­pop­u­late it­self,” Kring says. “(Thir­teen episodes al­lows) us to do ag­gres­sive sto­ry­telling.”

Levi plays Luke Collins, a fa­ther who turns vig­i­lante with wife Joanne (Ju­dith Shekoni) af­ter the Odessa ex­plo­sion. He blames the evos and wants them all de­stroyed.

“Luke is very tor­tured, very con­flicted, very an­gry,” Levi says. “My ap­proach to ev­ery role is to try and make (my char­ac­ter) as hu­man as pos­si­ble.

“You have to go to these (dark) places as a per­son, and that is hard.”

Kring is clearly court­ing a younger au­di­ence with Kay’s teen Tommy Clark, right. Be­cause he is an evo, Clark, who has tele­porter pow­ers, is forced to hide out at a high school.

Things get com­pli­cated when Tommy falls for class­mate Emily (Gatlin Green) and is tar­geted by Collins.

“In Once Upon a Time my char­ac­ter is 250 years old and very sure in what he was ca­pa­ble of and this is com­pletely the op­po­site,” Kay says.

Coleman is the only ac­tor from He­roes who will fea­ture in ev­ery episode of He­roes Reborn. Kring has re­vealed that some for­mer char­ac­ters will pop up.

HE­ROES REBORN, CHAN­NEL 7, WED­NES­DAY, 8.30PM

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