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Bryan Fuller Leaves ‘Heroes’!

Posted by Brian on 06/23/2009

Bryan FullerSource: AICN

I think at this point my hatred for Heroes is not only known, but justified. After being given a pass for the storytelling black hole that was the second season, and grasping at straws of greatness last year, I’m not only excited but invigorated to know that Bryan Fuller (Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies) has now left Heroes as consulting producer, the same position he held in season one. “Development was really starting to heat up, And it appears like I may be writing multiple pilots for NBC so that wasn’t leaving a ton of room for ‘Heroes,’ unfortunately,” Fuller tells AICN exclusively. “We crafted some really great arcs for the season that I’m excited to see come to fruition. I love that cast dearly and am sad to go, but the plate — she was over-flowing.”

Um, yay! Bryan Fuller is one of the most creative writers working in television right now and what the world needs are more Fuller-led television shows. This guy doesn’t need to be in the background on anything. In a perfect world, NBC would have simply handed Fuller the reigns to Heroes and booted Tim Kring. Can you imagine what Fuller would have done with this universe? Fuller is under contract with NBC Universal for another year and a half, and has been preparing new series pitches since he left Warner Brothers. He’s also expressed an ambition to eventually create, or help create, a new Paramount TV series set in J.J. Abrams’ new Star Trek universe.

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Rick Worthy Joins ‘Heroes’

Posted by Brian on 06/17/2009

Rick WorthySource: THR

Rick Worthy, who last played Cylon Number Four (Simon) on Battlestar Galactica, has been cast opposite Greg Grunberg as his experienced and capable partner, a Los Angeles cop that Matt can lean on for advice. He was recently seen in Duplicity with Clive Owen and Julia Roberts, and joins new cast members Madeline Zima, Robert Knepper, Ray Park, Deanne Bray, and Rachel Melvin.

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Shia LeBeouf Out Of ‘Y: The Last Man’

Posted by Brian on 06/09/2009

Shia LeBeouf in 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen'Source: ComingSoon

In an interview with Wizard Magazine, Shia LeBeouf said he is no longer interested in playing Yorick Brown in the adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn’s amazing Y: The Last Man comic series. In the comics, Yorick and his Capuchin monkey Ampersand are the last surviving males of a plague that killed off all men. Yorick makes his way across the country, a land of women learning how to survive as well, in search of his girlfriend, Beth, whom he was about to propose to when the plague hit. You understand what I just said right? Shia LeBeouf is giving up the opportunity to be surrounded by hundreds of beautiful women, for hours on end, for three to four months, because it’s too much like his Transformers character, Sam Witwicky.

“You take Sam and you put a monkey on his shoulder. I don’t know if that’s a big differential. It seems like he’s the ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation again.” He adds that he’s not willing to make Y currently, and that he may be too old to play the role when it does come around. With those rumors circling about what his meeting with Oliver Stone really entailed, I think he’s making a break for more “mature” films. Y: The Last Man was originally slated to be directed by LeBeouf’s Disturbia and Eagle Eye partner, DJ Caruso who is currently working with producing partner Masi Oka (Heroes) on The Defenders. No word on whether Caruso is out.

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Casting: ‘Heroes’

Posted by Brian on 06/05/2009

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Source: AICN / Ausiello Files / THR

AICN somehow got in touch with genius, Bryan Fuller, to inquire on his exact role in the fourth season of Heroes. It turns out he’s a consultant, the position he held in the first and third seasons, and NOT showrunner as I was hoping (praying) but there’s good news. “I’m developing a couple of TV shows to pitch to [NBC Universal next month.” Fuller is under contract for the next year and a half with NBC Universal.

New shows?! From Bryan Fuller?! AMAZING! I was hoping he hadn’t signed on to Heroes for the entire year. I’m glad to hear he’s still developing original projects. Television needs him. In addition to that news, here’s a breakdown of recent casting additions:

Darth Maul himself, Ray Park, will join the show with a sizeable arc. Park will next be seen as Snake Eyes in GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra. Deanne Bray (Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye, The L Word), whose part was specifically written for a deaf actress, joins the cast to play a love interest for one of the main characters. Rachel Melvin (Days Of Our Lives) has also joined the cast as another of Claire Bennett’s (Hayden Pantierre) college roommates, joining Madeline Zima who was announced earlier this week in a multi-episode arc.

Casting breakdowns are describing the characters as Carnival workers, i.e. “Knife Thrower”, “Tattooed Girl.” Among the casting calls was a search for “a middle-aged Eddie Izzard type to play the Carnival Barker, a smooth operator with a wicked wit” , a small character was set to grow over the course of the season. That fits Robert Knepper‘s casting to a tee. The consensus is that the new season will have a bit of a Carnivàle-esque theme.

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