Perhaps this is the best news to come out of “Heroes: Reborn” yet. If nothing else, it is right up there with the scoop that Zachary Levi is going to be one of the stars of the show.
In a statement today, NBC confirmed that none other than Masi Oka is coming back to reprise his role as Hiro Nakamura, the easily-excited cubicle worker in Japan who eventually figured out how to bend time and space. He was arguably the biggest underdog on the entire show, and a personal favorite to watch. He was so gleeful about his powers the majority of the time, and the role made Oka into an almost instant star. What you may not have realized was that he was actually nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the role back when the show was first starting out. This role is slated to be an arc, so he will at least appear in several of the show’s thirteen episodes.
In a statement, Oka had the following to say about getting to return to the series:
“I’m excited to return to my Heroes roots … Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I’m hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV.”
What is interesting here is that Oka is a regular over on “Hawaii Five-0,” and while he could potentially do both shows depending on filming dates, it would make him rather busy. With that being said, it is not confirmed that this show is even coming back on CBS for another season. It along with “The Amazing Race,” both “CSI” shows, and “Stalker,” are all very much on the bubble.
NBC has also confirmed that this show is going to premiere in fall … hopefully after “The Voice.” With the modern TV landscape, it would have a good chance to stand out then.
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