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'Heroes' Star Zachary Quinto Comes Out, Says Anti-Gay Bullying Must Stop

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 17th 2011 9:45AM
Zachary QuintoZachary Quinto hit the headlines after coming out publicly as a gay man in an interview with 'New York' magazine, and the actor says he was motivated to do so by the recent suicide of bullied gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer.

Writing on his blog, Quinto says that "in light of jamey's death -- it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it -- is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality."

He adds: "gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying. parents need to teach their children principles of respect and acceptance."

The 'Heroes' and 'Star Trek' actor has played gay characters several times on TV but has not previously discussed his sexuality publicly.

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Kiefer Sutherland Eyes Return to TV Drama With 'Touch'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 18th 2011 8:35AM
Kiefer SutherlandIn news that could spell doom for the much-rumored '24' movie, it's been announced that star Kiefer Sutherland is thinking about heading back to TV drama.

According to deadline.com he's in talks to take the lead role in 'Touch,' the new drama pilot from 'Heroes' creator, Tim Kring, and 20th Century Fox TV. It marks Kring's first new on-spec script since 'Heroes' was canceled back in May 2010.

In true Kring fashion, 'Touch' will contain otherworldly elements. It is reportedly centered on a father who "discovers that his autistic, mute son can predict events before they happen."

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'Lost,' 'Heroes' Most Pirated Shows of 2010

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 3rd 2011 3:15PM
Lost'Lost' and 'Heroes' ended their series runs on top -- on top of the most-pirated shows list of 2010.

According to TorrentFreak.com, 'Lost' logged 5.94 million illegal downloads for a single episode. 'Heroes,' a show with much lower Nielsen ratings, had an episode downloaded 5.48 million times.

The two dramas both had intense fan followings, yet 'Lost' won over critics season after season and maintained decent, though declining, Nielsen ratings. During its time on the air, 'Heroes' suffered a steep loss in both critical acclaim and viewers.

'Lost' was seen by an estimated 13.57 million viewers, 'Heroes' by 5.3 million, meaning more people downloaded 'Heroes' then viewing it.

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End of the Road: TV Shows That Got Canceled or Retired in 2010

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 21st 2010 5:00PM
Sometimes, losing a TV show is like losing a close friend. You get used to seeing it every single week, and you can't imagine your life without those characters and that world.

Then again, sometimes a show just needs to end. Maybe it ran too long -- or just enough -- and it's actually OK that it wont' be on air anymore.

Here's the ultimate list of all of the shows that saw their last episode in 2010. (Note: these are just the shows that had their last episode this past year, not shows that have been canceled but still have episodes to air in 2011, such as 'Oprah' and 'Stargate Universe.')

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'30 Rock' and 5 More Shows Accused of Stealing From Other Shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 12th 2010 4:25PM
Sarah Silverman'30 Rock' is being accused of stealing a joke from another comedy show. The joke aired during last week's episode in the scene where Jack told Liz about "vertical integration," using as an example a corn chip maker also making diarrhea medicine.

According to Gawker, 'The Sarah Silverman Program' used a very similar joke back in October of 2008. Here are the two videos. You decide.

Unlike Gawker, which ran the story with the subtle headline "30 Rock Rips A Joke Straight From The Sarah Silverman Program," I'm not going to make an accusation like that. While the jokes have similar topics, they're handled in different ways.

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'Heroes' TV Movie Not Happening

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 10th 2010 1:00PM
HeroesFans holding their collective breath for some sort of TV movie to tie up 'Heroes' should exhale before they turn blue and pass out.

According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC is not moving forward with the hyped plans for a prologue of sorts.

In May, NBC announced the cancellation of the four-year series that once was a ratings giant, but quickly slipped from attracting about 14 million viewers for its season 1 and 2 premieres to just over 4 million for its season 4 finale. Shortly after cancellation, rumors quickly circulated about a movie that would give viewers some closure to the sprawling mythology of the superhero series.

Series creator Tim Kring divulged details to TV Guide. "There will be a huge cultural and social change in the world," Kring told TV Guide. "Some [of our characters] will be hiding, some struggling, some basking in the glory."

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New Shows on DVD for August 3, 2010

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Aug 3rd 2010 7:00AM
Saturday Night Live Best of Will FerrellTo include 'Saturday Night Live' on your resume can mean you are one of the world's best comics. This illustrious crew includes the likes of Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Steve Martin -- all of whom also have been immortalized in their very own 'Best of Saturday Night Live' DVDs.

However, no one has had extensive library of hilarious skits and moments like Will Ferrell does. So much so that this week marks the release of his third volume of 'Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell.'

Find out the rest of new releases this week after the jump!

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'Heroes' Creator Tim Kring Reveals Series Wrap-up Plans

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 1st 2010 12:45PM
HeroesSeries creator Tim Kring hasn't given up on 'Heroes' just yet.

In a new interview with TV Guide, Kring detailed plans for how he'd like to wrap up the recently canceled superhero drama, which ended with Claire (Hayden Panettiere) throwing herself off a ferris wheel to show the world her power.

"There will be a huge cultural and social change in the world," Kring told TV Guide. "Some [of our characters] will be hiding, some struggling, some basking in the glory."

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Five 'Heroes' Spinoffs That Could Work

by Bob Sassone, posted May 19th 2010 7:07PM
SylarSo NBC has finally canceled 'Heroes.' It's kind of odd to say "finally," as if the show had been on for ten seasons. It was on for four, but I think in the minds of fans -- and maybe in the minds of people who didn't watch the show but were sick of hearing about it -- the show had been getting worse and worse since the first season and there was so much "will 'Heroes' be canceled" talk for the past couple of seasons that it seemed like the time had come.

I enjoyed the show every season and wouldn't have minded a fifth, but I have to admit that it's going to be nice to not talk about it anymore.

But what about spinoffs? Some shows seem ready made for spinoffs more than others, and I think 'Heroes' is one of those shows. There were a lot of good characters on the show, each with their own power and personality, and you can imagine them having their own thing to do (beyond those lame webisodes we saw). Here are a few ideas.

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'Heroes' Canceled

by Andrew Scott, posted May 14th 2010 6:04PM
HeroesNBC is no longer holding out for 'Heroes.'

According to the Live Feed, the network has officially axed the series, about ordinary people with extraordinary powers, after four seasons.

The news ends a rocky ride for 'Heroes,' which premiered in 2006 to a staggering 14.3 million viewers and a 5.9 rating among adults 18-49, making it NBC's highest-rated fall drama premiere in five years. The show continued to hit ratings gold in subsequent episodes, including its season 2 premiere, which attracted 14.1 million viewers.

But numbers fell sharply by season 3, due in part to a messy second season and the now-famous writers guild strike of 2007-08 that kept it off the air for months. Only 9.9 million viewers tuned in to watch 'Heroes'' third-season premiere, marking a 25 percent drop from season 2.

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Is This the End of 'Heroes'?

by Laura Prudom, posted May 12th 2010 5:20PM
Tim Kring, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Dania Ramirez, Greg Grunberg - Getty 2008Like a phoenix from the ashes, 'Heroes' has continually found ways to rise up for renewal over the past three seasons, despite its steadily plummeting ratings. But word on the street indicates that this year, no amount of super-powers can save the NBC drama from a fate far worse than death: cancellation.

According to Vulture, industry buzz is sounding the death-knell for the embattled series, thanks in large part to NBC's confidence in its pilot pickups; five shows have already been ordered to series ahead of the network's upfront presentation to advertisers next Monday. While it's unlikely that an official announcement will be made before the upfronts (NBC declined to comment), Vulture seems confident that the show is for the chopping block.

All hope is not lost though, 'Heroes' fans (the five of you that are determined to tough it out until the bitter end), rumor has it that the show might live on in another form ...

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NBC's Prez Hints That 'Chuck' Will Be Back, Talks About New Shows

by Bob Sassone, posted May 10th 2010 5:02PM
NBC logoNBC President Angela Bromstad hints that not only might 'Chuck' be back for another season in the fall but another show with a big fan base might too: 'Heroes.' That's just two of the items revealed in this interview with Bromstad over at The Live Feed.

To be clear, Bromstad doesn't say that 'Chuck' and 'Heroes' will definitely be back. But when a high-level network exec says in an interview just a couple of weeks before their upfront presentation that 'Chuck' is their highest-performing Monday night show," a "very strong player," and that "it's a show that matches up with our new shows," that usually means there's a lot more chance it will be back than a chance it will be canceled. Still, it wouldn't hurt to go to Subway every day for the next two weeks.

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Six NBC Shows on the Bubble

by Allison Waldman, posted May 3rd 2010 5:27PM
The past season was a tumultuous one for NBC, what with the Jay Leno experience turning the primetime schedule into a whirl. The fact that Leno's ten o'clock show was a disaster resulted in NBC scrambling to fill in during the second season. Fortunately, at least one legit hit has emerged -- 'Parenthood.'

Still, as the network contemplates the future, there's really six programs that could be called on the bubble, teetering between a pick up or a cancellation. So what is the likelihood that NBC will renew these shows? Here's our take:

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Seven Shows That Could Use a Time Jump

by Rich Keller, posted May 3rd 2010 2:03PM
'Heroes' is one of seven shows that could use a time jumpOver the last few seasons a number of shows -- 'One Tree Hill,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Lost' -- have used the concept of time jumping to generate public interest and open up new storylines. Now, 'Brothers & Sisters' will be making a small time jump between this season and next. Money was on this show, 'Gossip Girl,' or 'Phineas and Ferb.' to make the jump.

This, as usual, got us to thinking of other currently running programs that could use a time shift to freshen them up. Subsequently, this led us to put our thoughts down on the hyperlinked paged for debate and comment. After the jump are but a few examples and how a time jump could benefit them.

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NBC is Spending Money on TV Shows Again!

by Bob Sassone, posted May 3rd 2010 11:28AM
NBC logoNBC has just realized something: you have to spend money if you want good TV shows.

OK, maybe "realized" isn't the best word to use. More like "remembered." NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin tells The New York Times that the network is changing its strategy and will pay to get some good shows on the network.

For starters, they've ordered almost 20 new pilots this season -- scripted dramas and comedies -- up from ten last season. Instead of strictly going by the numbers and looking for a big profit margin and trying to cut costs in every way possible, they're looking for good shows they can stick with.

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