NBC’s “Heroes” has only been on the air one season, but the cast of the superhero drama is already so popular that creator Tim Kring, accompanied by the majority of the season one cast members, held a press conference at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood to announce plans for a world tour in celebration of the show’s success. During the press conference, they also talked about how important Comic-Con is to them, season two, as well as the spinoff “Heroes: Origins.”
ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! was on hand to listen to Kring excitedly broadcast the news.
Tim Kring: Hello everyone, I’m Tim Kring. I’m the creator and executive producer of “Heroes.” We’re here with the cast of the first season that we’re here to talk about. I wanted to give a sort of overview about what we’re doing here today. About six months ago, a few of the cast members and I, along with Dennis Hammer and Jeph Loeb, who are two of the producing partners on the show, were invited to the NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) Convention in Las Vegas. There, we met with literally dozens and dozens of buyers from territories all over the world, foreign buyers. To be really honest, we didn’t really know what we were supposed to be doing there and we didn’t really have an agenda. We were just kind of happy to be asked to do something. We don’t leave the building here much. But, the second that we got there, it became really clear that the fact that we just showed up was a big deal to these people. They were really excited about the show. You have to understand, this was before the award season had started and so we really hadn’t gotten out much. This kind of reaction was really new and very surreal to us. It was also the first time that it started to sink in that the message of the show was going to have a unique connection to people all over the world. Everyone of these buyers asked us the same question. They all wanted to know when we could come and visit them. So we smiled and tap danced and made small talk and shook hands a lot, but we didn’t quite know what to tell them. But, all the while, this small spark started to form in our minds and on the plane ride home, Dennis Hammer and I hatched this crazy idea of doing a “Heroes” world tour. I assumed that we would be laughed out of the building when we approached NBC with this somewhat audacious idea. But, Dennis Hammer felt otherwise and pushed on. Boy was he right and I was certainly wrong because NBC embraced it immediately. Now, after several months of planning and tireless efforts from dozens and dozens of people at NBC and Universal Media Centers at GE, navigating their way through complicated logistics involving six different countries as many languages and multiply times zones, it gives us great pleasure to announce this crazy idea of ours that has now become a reality. The central message of “Heroes” from the very beginning has been one of hope. The idea that people from all around the world could come together to do great things and in the process, make the world smaller and more interconnected. This tour is the embodiment of those ideas. The timing really couldn’t have been better. The show has been licensed now in nearly 150 territories around the world. Wherever it’s launched, it’s met with tremendous success, typically premiering with record breaking ratings. Clearly “Heroes” has struck a cord with people around the world and the launch continues with many countries rolling out the show in the next couple of months. So we are thrilled and eager to visit these fans and to celebrate the show’s success as well as to spread the word of the release of the DVD and the HD DVD. The release of the first season, the box set. And that’s why we were proud to announce our continued partnership with Nissan. This began with the series premiere last fall when they were our sole sponsor for the opening episode. Now, Nissan continues this relationship with us, co-sponsoring the world tour with NBC and utilizing “Heroes” as a central hub of a multi prong marketing campaign starting with the premiere of the second season at the end of September. The “Heroes” DVD and HD DVD will hit the stores on August 28th for the launch of the first season box set. That same week, cast members from the show will embark on the “Heroes” world tour. With personal appearances in at least seven cities in seven different countries. That’s so far. We’re still thinking about talking about destinations to come when we can work out the logistics. The cities that I can tell you right now are Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Munich, Paris, London and New York City. Along the way, NBC.com, the online destination for the fans who want to follow our adventures and our travels, the “Heroes” world tour website on NBC.com will include photos and video from each of the international locations as well as blogs and personal photos from the actors in each city. It is also worth telling you right here that here at “Heroes” we try to be as environmentally conscious as possible so the plans are now underway to make the tour as green as possible as well. As you can see, we are excited about this.
Q: Have you thought about shooting an episode in any of the cities you’ll be visiting?
Q: There are cast members here that may not be in the second season so will they still be involved in the world tour?
Q: What exactly will you be doing on the world your?
Q: For the actors, is there somewhere specifically you want to go?
Q: So everybody isn’t going everywhere?
Q: How is season two coming along so far? Is it evolving as you expected?
Q: Has anyone done anything like this before?
Q: Speaking of Comic-Con, can you tell us what you have planned?
Q: Have you started shooting season two?
Q: Will there be any footage at Comic-Con like a little thank you for being so supportive?
Q: How are you going to make this tour green?
Q: Have you thought of what that is yet?
Q: Can you talk a little about “Heroes: Origins,” the series you’re working on to sort of fill the gap with the regular series? Have you started scripting it yet?
Q: Would it be fair to describe the show as an anthology series?
Q: Do you see a lot of the current cast members being in it?
Q: Do you think all six episodes will run in one six week block between a break in the regular series?
Q: Can you tell us about any of the new characters we might meet?
Q: You have a blond hair, blue eyed guy (David Anders) playing a Samurai war lord. Can you address that?
Q: Can you talk about how long Hiro will remain in the past?
Q: What’s it like to be back to work?
Q: This question is for Jack Coleman. Are your scripts now saying Noah or is it still HRG?
Q: Are Adrian and Milo coming back?
Q: Theoretically, if the Petrelli brothers were to return this season, would they look like this as opposed to Milo having bangs and Adrian being clean shaven?
Q: How surprised were you by the way the season finale ended?
Q: There was some idea that there would be a detonation, but I don’t think people thought it would end with the Petrelli brothers flying away and then that’s when the explosion happens. And then Hiro was running from feudal Japanese warriors.
Q: What other kinds of extras will be on the DVD?
Q: Does every episode give commentary?
Q: You say the connection to the fans is the reason for this tour, so for the actors can you say what people tell you they are connecting to?
Q: So you’re going to do the season finale and then do Origins?
Q: It won’t be in sweeps?
Source: Heather Newgen