US, December 14, 2007 - This past Tuesday saw cast members from Heroes and fans of the show join the striking writers on the picket line outside Universal Studios. Greg Grunberg (“Matt Parkman”), Dana Davis (“Monica Dawson”), Sendhil Ramamurthy (“Mohinder Suresh”), Dania Ramirez (“Maya Herrera”), Cristine Rose (“Angela Petrelli”), Jack Coleman (“Noah Bennet”), Ali Larter (“Niki Sanders”), Masi Oka (“Hiro Nakamura”) and Kristen Bell (“Elle Bishop”) all were in attendance showing support for the writers, including the creator of the show, Tim Kring.
IGN TV was able to speak to Kring to talk about the strike, and how it has impacted Heroes, which ended up re-shooting the ending of the final episode of their Volume 2 storyline, “Generations”, as the possibility of a strike grew. Also discussed some of the criticism Heroes received during Volume 2; the spinoff series Origins — which was taken off the schedule this year thanks to the strike – and hints of what’s to come in Volume 3, entitled “Villains.”
IGN TV: You’ve had a lot of fan encounters since the show began, but this must be a different experience than any of the others.
Tim Kring: Yeah, this is unique. This is not the ideal way to interact with the fans, when you’re unemployed and your future is uncertain. But it’s very heartening to have them show up like this.
Heroes creator Tim Kring holds a sign made by a young fan
IGN TV: What’s your take on the situation? Last week things seemed to be going relatively well, and then the bottom dropped out again.
Kring: Listen, I don’t know if this was always a part of the script. Clearly, a scenario that a lot of people have been talking about for awhile is this idea that the studios would go and make a deal with the directors and then we would follow after that. And clearly, that seems to be what it looks like is going to happen.
IGN TV: You have a lot of your cast here with you today. What do they seem to think about the situation?
Kring: Well, they’re in a really tough spot, because