HEROES TV Guide Preview

TV Guide magazine helps update what we know about Heroes Season 3. (Very minor) spoilers within.
"Because in every hero there could be a villain"
- May '08 Heroes promo

The upcoming third season of NBC's Heroes is previewed in the July 14 Sci-Fi Preview issue of TV Guide magazine.

Drawn from that article and a few online sources, here are some details about the new season:

The 13-episode Volume Three is entitled 'Villains', but "it's not as obvious as its title might sound," Zachary Quinto (Sylar) teases. Might that have anything to do with the changes in storyline? According to E!Online's KRISTIN DOS SANTOS early this year, the "plan" for Volume Three, which always was to be called 'Villains,' will be far different from what was originally conceived before the WGA strike this past winter, thanks in large part to criticisms of Volume Two.

Despite the rumored "reboot," the show's creative team won't be discounting the Fall '07 'Generations' story arc. September 22's season premiere night will kick off with a one-hour "summary" special featuring previously unseen clips. The following episode #1, written by Tim Kring and directed by Allan Arkush, begins four years in the future, where we'll meet a "mean, damaged and kinda nuts" Claire (right), revealed Hayden Panettiere, whose return apparently wasn't delayed by her recent movie shoot. "Future Claire is a real bad ass." The story then flashes back to pick up right after the Season Two "Powerless" cliffhangers.

Regarding another cast regular, Officer Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Dos Santos dropped this enigmatic spoiler: "He's going to end up in the desert with a horse with no name...and a tortoise. Believe it or not, I'm serious about the desert and the tortoise part. Matt's storyline is about to get über-trippy!"

The "trippy" keeps coming with recurring players such as Eriko Tamura, who told CBR News that Hiro's Season Two love interest, feudal Japanese princess Yaeko, will reappear--in the present day (?!).

There are, of course, a barrel-full of new characters. Episode #2 guest stars William Katt (The Greatest American Hero), who will portray a "really wonderful, seedy, smarmy-mouthed reporter" who goes after...oh, that would be telling! Also, Brea Grant (Friday Night Lights) butts heads with Hiro (Masi Oka) as "speedster" Daphne (see left), and Francis Capra (Weevil on Veronica Mars) appears as a character named Jesse. His superpower is the ability to steal cars and make great fake IDs.

That last part's a joke. Really.
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