Heroes Cast

'Heroes' creator hurls insults at viewers

Nov 22, 2008 - 4:25PM by FanBolt

It looks as though, instead of fixing "Heroes," creator Tim Kring has decided to insult the show's fans instead.

At a screenwriting event last weekend, Kring made the nonsensical statement that current modes of on-demand viewing make it more difficult to sustain a serialized show.

What? That makes no sense, as Time's TV critic, James Poniewozik, pointed out on his site, tunedin. blogs.time.com. "The idea that DVRs and streaming make it harder to follow serial shows is so transparently ridiculous I seriously wonder if Kring even believes it," Poniewozik wrote.

Poniewozik's debunking of Kring's idiotic premise is eloquent and precise. Sure, the drop-off in live viewing for serialized shows might make it less likely for networks to commission those kinds of shows. But DVRs and on-demand options help viewers stay current with densely plotted shows. Anyway, the problem with "Heroes" has nothing to do with alternate viewing platforms - it lies in the shoddy execution of the show's core concept.

Why was I furious about Kring's remarks? Because Kring also said the phenomenon of watching "Heroes" live "is related to the saps and the [expletives] who can't figure out how to watch it in a superior way."

How absolutely infuriating. How does Kring muster the gall to insult anyone who's still watching his show? What arrogance.

At this point, it's obvious Kring is the problem with the superhero drama. I might start watching the next season of "Heroes" - this one is obviously too far gone - if NBC were to fire Kring and replace him with someone such as Javier Grillo-Marxuach ("Lost," "The Middleman") or Bryan Fuller (the canceled "Pushing Daisies"). It'd be nice if the show were run by someone who understands this kind of storytelling and respects the intelligence of TV viewers. And even refrains from slamming them.
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Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/booksmags/chi-heroes-...



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