HEROES REBORN Won’t Save the Cheerleader

claireCreator Tim Kring is planning to bring back HEROES as a 13-episode series called HEROES REBORN, and it appears that at least one star of the original NBC run will not be returning: Hayden Panetteriere as unkillable cheerleader Claire Bennet.

Hayden told Cosmopolitan:

“Well, it was a shock to me, and, in fact, I believe I became privy to that through my cousin. She sent me a text message and told me about it, and, I mean, we had nothing, nothing to do with it; it will definitely be interesting to see how they reinvent that.”

“I think it’s a whole new set of characters. Who knows? It’s a little bit of an interesting feeling because you go, ‘That was our show, our home, our family,’ something that we had a major part in creating as well, and, I mean, I hope that they don’t have somebody else playing our characters, that would be a little dagger in the heart. But, you never know. I wish them success in it, for sure.”

Hayden, of course, currently stars in the ABC series NASHVILLE.

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Matt Smith Loved Series 5 as Much as We Did

pandoricaThe outgoing 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, talked to Wizard World Comic Con, according to DoctorWhoTV, and talked about his favorite time on DOCTOR WHO.

“For me, the best storytelling was in series five. It had great adventure and great clarity and I loved that whole idea about the Pandorica and the Big Bang. It was the one I connected with most. Looking back I think some of my best work was in my first series because I was actually taking real risks and that was a real moment.”

Matt was also partial to the speeches his Doctor got to make in series five, citing his favorite: “I think it has to be when I talking to the spaceships in ‘The Pandorica Opens.’”

When asked about series six, Matt said:

“I think in terms of revelations, River being Amy’s daughter was a bit ‘What the hell?!’”

I have to agree with him there; the River reveal was a bit out there — no matter how much groundwork was laid. I think my biggest problem with River’s parentage was/is that I don’t believe that’s what Steven Moffat had in mind when he came up with the character. I cannot believe that he said to himself, “This River gal will some day turn out to be not only the Doctor’s wife, but the daughter of a couple of his future companions!”

The Grand Moff may be a master planner — see Amy’s arc — but I doubt he’s that good!

Moffat Dismisses DOCTOR WHO Ratings ‘Decline’

grandmoffIt was Oscar Wilde who said, “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat seems willing to take a page from the Irish wit when it comes to dealing with all those stories in the British tabloid press about DW’s supposed ratings problems.

A reader of Doctor Who Magazine asked Moffat about the negative headlines, and the executive producer wrote:

“‘Doctor Who continues to be a massive hit’ is not a headline. ‘Doctor Who in ratings crisis’ is. Perversely, so long as Doctor Who is huge, those newspaper stories will continue. I’ll start worrying that there’s a problem when people stop trying to pretend that there’s a problem. So long as we’re click-bait for the papers and bloggers, we’re just fine. Highest-rated drama of the year – highest-rated drama on Christmas Day. Only the insane would quote that as evidence for decline.”

(via kasterborous.com)