Since she began her recurring role on Heroes, Nichelle Nichols has been getting a whole lot of new attention. NBC recently held a press conference call with Nichols and her Heroes co-star Dana Davis. Nichols reveals that she actually found out she was going to appear in Heroes after being told by some Trek fans, but she didn’t appear surprised saying “They’re Trekkers, they know everything." Nichols also says that her role on the show, like George Takei before her, keeps ‘expanding’ and revels we will see her in a flashback scene in an upcoming episode. No word yet on if she has any superpowers, but they do seem to run in her family. Nichols was also asked about the upcoming Star Trek film and, unlike her former captain, she had nothing but the nicest things to say about young J.J. Abrams…even proclaiming that Gene would approve of the new master of Trek…
I think it’s just terrific and to know that Gene’s (Roddenberry) legacy shall not only live in what was here when he was here but to be going on. I think in J.J. Abrams’ hands, I think all the respect and wonderful things that went into “Star Trek” will be honored, but I think he will also take it even to new heights, as Gene would have loved. I know he’s up in heaven going, “Right on!”
Full transcript of the Nichols conference call available at ENI
Heroes’ Ando almost new Sulu? – Original Sulu to return to Heroes?
A few months TrekMovie.com reported that James Kyson Lee (Ando on Heroes) was playing coy about whether he had auditioned or not for the role of Sulu for the new Star Trek (after he previously stated he was interested). Now that the role has gone to John Cho, Lee opens up with TV Guide to reveal that there was some talk, but NBC wasn’t up for letting two actors go:
When my name came up at Paramount, there were too many obstacles. They had Zach [Quinto, who plays Sylar] from the show to play Spock and they had to write him off Heroes for about three months. To do that with two characters would be impossible. It would have been cool to be part of it.
Earlier in the new Heroes season, the original Mr. Sulu’s (George Takei’) character Kaito Nakamura took a swan dive off a tall building, but is that the end? Kyson Lee tells TV Guide that it may not be:
I actually was in San Diego a few weeks ago and I gave a Lifetime Achievement Award to George Takei at an Asian-American film festival. He and I have developed a good friendship on and off the set. I wouldn’t be surprised if that wasn’t the last of George on the show. There are always flashbacks and trips back in time.
Heroes airs tonight at 9 PM on NBC
Check out a preview of “The Line”…featuring the new Mr. Spock