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Here's how Bryan Fuller will fix Heroes

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 11th 2008 3:04PM
Bryan FullerBrett already told you earlier today about the casting of John Glover as Sylar's father on Heroes. But there are many more changes coming to the NBC show.

Pushing Daisies creator/producer Bryan Fuller is back at the show. He worked on the show in the first season, and now he's coming back to work on it again starting with episode 19, a few episodes into the "Fugitives" chapter. In this interview over at Entertainment Weekly, Fuller acknowledges that the show has had several problems the past year. He's well aware of them, and he has some ideas on how to fix it.

  • He wants to get back into character-driven stories and away from sci-fi elements such as the formula and saving the world.
  • The story has been too dense and muddy, so they're going to start focusing on the characters and their everyday lives again. We'll actually see people back at their jobs!
  • When characters die, most of them will stay dead.
  • Some characters are going to return, such as Matt's wife.
  • Fewer stories per episode, so we won't have to deal with 10 different characters and 14 different plots all in one episode.
  • Fuller thinks that people aren't sick of the serialization of the show, it's more the way it's handled and how dense (there's that word again) the show has become.

These are all changes that fans upset with the show have been asking for, so maybe people will give the next season a chance and stop drifting away from it.

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JoAnn Vara

Those" Bernard Madoff thieves" at NBC, tim kring and bryan fuller are both loser that have no clue of how to write a hit tv show without stealing other artists work.
Ask those moron to bring back Isaac Mendez!!!!
They can't, because it's an infringed character.
I hope the lawsuit in a nyc appellate court against these clowns will bury NBC and put an end to white affirmative action in hollywood for good..

December 14 2008 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
divineparasite

Are we to believe that bringing Bryan Fuller back to "Heroes" is going to get people back to watching the show when apparantly the majority of America is too dumb to watch any of the shows he actually creates? The man is 3 for 3. "Dead Like me", dead. "Wonderfalls"-dead, "Pushing Daisies"-dead. If it doesn't have a dancing celebritiy or people doing outrageous things for a million dollars people just aren't going to watch, and that's sad.

December 12 2008 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kyle

it just needs to have rules again. remember when hiro couldn't save the girl at the waffle shop because he couldn't change something that had already happened? what the hell ever happened to that?

December 12 2008 at 1:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
csttar63

kill the time travel stuff where you can touch people in the past. doesn't make sense because if you don't like the outcome go back and change it. when hiro couldn't save the girl in season 1, then why can he change other stuff. stay out of the past and future. just make hiro like a "JUMPER" yeah, that's it.

dial down sylar, he is too powerful. no matter how hard hard you bust his a**, he can heal. no, not that.

u are right to dial down the save the world stuff, because in real life, the military would be all up in this piece.

December 11 2008 at 11:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R.

DavidM- you don't know what you're talking about. Sonnenfeld moved on before the third episode over a year ago, and he hasn't been back since. He set up the look of the show, yes- but that was many months, a writers strike, and 19 episodes ago.

There have been several fine directors on Daisies since then- including Larry Trilling- none of whom have had any interaction with Sonnenfeld- just Fuller.

Fuller is widely recognized in Hollywood as a strong and clever writer, storyteller, and producer. Whether he can actually make any difference on Heroes is up for debate. Sounds like re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic to me.


December 11 2008 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sonburn

Uh, hey thanks for the spoiler... haven't seen this weeks episode yet to know if HRG was lying or telling the truth.

December 11 2008 at 6:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Franklin

Is it just me or does he look a little like a pasty Nathan Fillion with greasy hair and birth-control glasses?

Oh, and more on topic, I agree that I'd prefer to see Daisies remain on the air and Heroes just fade away.

December 11 2008 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Scott R

I think he looks a little bit more like Elijah Wood. Only... wider...

December 11 2008 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Franklin

LOL, I think I've figured it out. He's the love child of Nathan Fillion and Elijah Wood.

Mystery solved!

December 12 2008 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DavidMac

Barry Sonnefield is the reason Pushing Daisies was a success, not Fuller. The direction, imagery, and pacing is all Barry. Taking away his crutch, it seems clear to me how weak Fuller is in his writing. He isn't a savior for the show, he is part of the problem.

December 11 2008 at 5:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer

Who the hell wants to see Matt's wife again?! I like Bryan Fuller, but...really, NONENTITY CHARACTER there.

December 11 2008 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

I was just about to chime in to tell Fuller to bring in good ol' Ned to the Heroes fold. And of course he has to bring along the Pie Hole gang.

And then eventually Fuller can kill off the Heroes cast and voila PUSHING DAISIES IS BACK ON AIR!

Make it so.

December 11 2008 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joe stalin

I think you're missing the point here. The goal is to get HIGHER ratings. Not create a ratings implosion. The stupidity of this idea makes me wonder if you are in fact Ben Silvermann?

December 12 2008 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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