Oh yeah... I keep forgetting to post this fun little bit o' info. Of course, if you read any message boards regarding the show, you already know this, but what the hey.
First off, Christopher Eccleston will be playing a new character on the show starting January 22. He's an invisible man named, appropriately enough, Claude.
The following week, another new character will be introduced. Hiro's father, played by George... Fucking... Takei. Here's a blurb about it:
November 16, 2006 (New York, NY) - On the NBC smash hit Heroes, time-traveling fanboy Hiro Nakamura is insanely obsessed with Star Trek. TV Guide magazine has gotten word that Hiro's father will be played by Trek icon George Takei (Sulu) (in the November 27 issue; on newsstands Thursday, November 23). The new character will be introduced in a January 29 cliff-hanger.
"It was one of those lightning-bolt ideas," creator Tim Kring tells TV Guide.
Masi Oka, who plays Hiro, is also over the moon. "This is absolutely brilliant!" the Tokyo-born actor tells TV Guide. "Hiro's father is this big honcho who shows up in America with his bodyguard. He has this whole elaborate scheme to kidnap his son and take him back to Japan."
Adds Oka, "I just hope I get to say, 'Dad! Sulu is my hero, not you!' The sci-fi fans would love it!"