Tim Kring Explains What Goes on Behind the Scenes of ‘Heroes’

Bashing ‘Heroes’ has become a sport, much like bashing ‘Saturday Night Live’ became a sport several years ago. “It’s not as good as it was” and “it sucks” are the phrases you hear most often when former fans (or fans that are still watching the show but always on the edge of leaving) talk about it.

Tim Kring tells The Onion that he knows what fans are saying about the show, but he also wants fans to know that there are things going on behind the scenes that they might not be aware of. For example, the writers strike hurt the show. Two, it’s actually a more consistent show when more writers write an episode than having just one writer on an episode. Three, the writers don’t even think of the show as being in “seasons,” it’s really all one continuous plot.

He makes a few good points. Being on the inside of a show can actually make you not see a few things that fans see (such as characters changing just for the sake of changing), but he also explains that if the characters didn’t change at all fans would then be say “why aren’t they changing?”

The biggest example he cites is Sylar. The way his character has changed over the seasons is directly related to Zachary Quinto’s talents. He also says that if he had his way he’d only do 13 episodes a season and he would have started over with new characters. Not sure if that latter plan could ever really happen when you have characters and actors that the audience likes.

  • JKV

    “He also says that if he had his way he’d only do 13 episodes a season and he would have started over with new characters”

    Because that’s an A+ way to make a hit show. The fans being unable to “understand what’s going on behind the scenes” is a really petty excuse and mark of a poor crew, because, what, does Kring expect everyone to be mind-readers and just get what’s going on, even if we the viewers didn’t sit in on the writers’ meeting?

    It is a television/movie crews’ JOB to make the transition from the storytelling process to the screen fluid and easily understandable, and just…good. Which, to me, hasn’t really occurred since season one and maybe some spotty times throughout the rest of the show. You don’t make a prime-time television show with the mindset that your audience understands everything. That’s just sheer negligence.

    That being said, I think Zach’s talents have far surpassed the general quality of Heroes, and it’s definitely showing in this season. They’re going to waste on this series, simply put, and I would love to see him move on and utilize what he’s learned (From Trek and elsewhere) and do some really fantastic plays or movies.

  • Nat

    Totally agree with the comment before mine!!! The fans shouldn’t have to know what goes on behind the scenes in order to understand what the heck is going on with the show. They should not have so many new characters ever season, and maybe they need to cut out some of the main characters, but not Sylar of course.

  • i’m a chinese fan, i don’t think <> is suck, i like it more than <>. and i like Gabrie, Sylar and Zachary Quinto!! 8|

  • erruve

    You guys do know that The Onion is satire, right? I’ll bet Mr. Quinto is very aware of this, LOL.

  • Kimberlee

    I don’t see why writers should have to dumb down or explain every single subplot – it drives me insane, actually. I get what’s going on behind the scenes of Heroes. A show that puts everything up front, in the open or thinly veiled is a show that is lazy and poorly written, same as a book. Then again, I guess that’s why there’s so many Twilight fans, despite the fact that the books are utter crap and any subtext is obvious – people are lazy, and don’t like to think. Thank you, Heroes, for making a show that makes people actually have to use their brains to figure out the not-glaringly-obvious. And thank you for showing so many sides of Quinto.