Saturday afternoon at New York Comic Con, “Heroes” star Milo Ventimiglia stopped by the CBR Tiki Room for a video interview with Jonah Weiland to be posted on CBR later this week. Of the many topics covered, Ventimiglia spoke about the cancellation of “Heroes”, and NBC’s ultimate decision not to wrap up the series with a television special.
Jonah Weiland: We were big supporters of “Heroes” on CBR. I can’t let you get away without two questions on that at least. It’s disappointing that NBC didn’t let you guys wrap it up in some way. I know Tim has talked about that. How do you feel about it? Are you disappointed?
Milo Ventimiglia: You know what? It’s one of those things where being on a TV show, you always have to be ready that they’ll give you the can. If you’re expecting that you’re going to get a courtesy of an end episode, I kind of think you’re being a bit delusional, to be honest. I remember during the first season, we were sitting at an Emmy panel, and there was a whole bunch of us on stage. Somebody asked us about catching this lightning in a bottle and how exciting it was, and I was the only person who raised my hand and said, “Look, the reality is the show will get canceled.” Everybody was looking at me cross-eyed, like, “You’re crazy! Don’t say it!” But that’s reality. So if we’re hoping for that and we wanted to tell the story, if we didn’t get to tell a story, then it should have been in the series.
For me, I actually look at the progression of the show and I look at that fourth season and that very last episode, and I’m like, “You know what? I’m quietly satisfied.” Do I wish we could have had a little more time? Of course. You’re never going to get what you wish for. You gotta go with the reality of the situation. Hey, it is what it is.
I’ve got to say that that writer’s strike really hurt many shows on TV, and I think it hurt you guys, unfortunately.
You know, I think it hurt the kind of television business, but at the same time, it’s one of those unfortunate circumstances that, for me, I think it hurt a lot of individuals in the business. I’m not talking about writers; writers make very nice livings. So do actors and directors. I’m talking about crews. I think it really crippled the town. And not just the crew, but the vendors. Think about the guys who run the dry cleaners that cleaned all of the wardrobe on all of the different shows, and now their business is cut from let’s just say a hundred units, and now they have two. I thought it was unfortunate. I wish that strike would have been orchestrated better, but again, I’m not a [guild] president, I’m just a member. I’m a grunt on the battlefield. Hey, we do our best.
Now that you’ve played in comics, and [“Heroes” creator] Tim Kring has talked about the possibility of continuing the story in comics, is that something you would want to be involved in, or are you really more focused on your own comics?
I want to do my own stuff. To be frank, we were never involved with the comic book version of “Heroes.” Use our image on the cover to sell some books, but nobody ever came to us and said, “Hey, do you have a story to tell?” Not once. Me, I like doing my own thing. I have plenty of creative friends and a really great company and a good form to tell the stories that we want to tell. The thing is for me, everybody feels I’ve got this legitimacy in the comic book world because of “Heroes,” but I’ve been reading comics since I was 8 years old. For me, now I’m giving back to the community, it’s a little different than someone saying, “Oh, you’re legit, you’re kind of a magnet into this world because you were on a TV show that dabbled in that comic arena.” I knew who Jeph Loeb was before I sat down to dinner with him and he was like, “Yeah, I’m going to be writing ‘Heroes.'” And I was like, “Awesome! This is cool!” [laughs]
CBR Staff Writer Josh Wigler contributed to this story.