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20 August 2007 @ 09:57 am
KBell is 'Elle'  

Yet more Kristen Bell news... sorry, but it's pretty big - I couldn't resist.

It seems like now we know why Kristen was kinda coy in turning down a possibly recurring role on Lost.  

Apparently she had already signed on to be in a few episodes of Heroes this season, playing a character named Elle, who ties into the Peter/Claire/Mr. Bennet story somehow.  Breaking news article from TV Guide Online:

Kristen Bell, Heroes, Multiple Episodes [Squee!]

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Kristen Bell by Jesse Grant/WireImage.com
Lost's loss is the Heroes gang's gain. Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell has been cast in what is being pegged as a "key multiepisode arc" for the second season of Heroes. Per Variety, Bell will first appear in October as Elle, "a sexy, mysterious young lady who (spoiler alert) has ties to the supposed death of Peter, H.R.G.'s past and Claire's future. Landing the in-demand actress "was not easy to pull off," Heroes creator Tim Kring tells the trade. "But since we're an ensemble show, with many arcs playing out through the year, we found a way to jump into a small window in (Bell's) schedule."

Unreliable sources say Bell's Heroes alter ego has the power to utterly destroy a person with a witty retort.

Related: Why Kristen Bell Won't Be Getting Lost

 


I must say, the loss of her possibly being on Lost makes more sense now, as this role seems to be for a multi-episode mini-arc, but not as a full-time recurring character.  Gives her plenty of room for other film work, as well as that still-talked about spot on Broadway next winter/spring.  

Heroes is not even in the same league, quality-wise, as Lost, but it does have lots of hype and recent exposure, so kudos for my girl landing a part where she'll get some face time.  My only concern is how much we may actually see of this character Elle.  Heroes is already a  big ensemble, and seems to have added almost a half-dozen new tertiary characters over the summer.  

No matter for me, though - Kristen will be far and away the very best thing that has happened to that show, as I'm sure she'll make the most of what she's given. 




Kristen Bell is awesome.

 
 
 
~ CinJudes ~: vm - LoVe - 2.17 - logan smirk_cinjudes_ on August 20th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
I read this on my flist a bit earlier this morning and just knew you would see it and want to comment accordingly. I see the point about how it will work better for her - but I must say I'm more than disappointed. I have seriously even thought about not watching Heroes next year and now I have to. Damn. But once she does her arc I can just slip out of it then I guess, it's not like it holds my attention in any big way or anything and unlike you - I can actually quit shows that suck. ;D

*smooches*
Jeff: VM - *tchk*j_mac179 on August 20th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
For me, Heroes is such a juxtaposition of great concepts with huge potential for character exploration, and often poorly written executions of those ideas.

Like I said, the ensemble cast seems to be getting bigger by the month (you knew David "Sark" Anders was going to be recurring, right?), and this may further exacerbate the shallow character development problems that were huge missteps in the show as it began, and slowly became big issues only every other episode or so. Regardless, the show has a long way to go before it even makes a blip on my radar as a real "drama", not just a comic-like melodrama. While it entertains me enough to keep me watching, "Best Drama" Emmy territory is a place it most definitely does NOT belong.

All that aside, a show could consist of the utmost absolute garbage, and if Kristen popped up in it, I'd be morally obligated to tune in, of course.
~ CinJudes ~: lost - trio - 2.23 - captives_cinjudes_ on August 20th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
Of course. ;P And yes, I had heard about David Anders as well, but I guess it just got filed in the hollow Heroes file in my head. You nailed our problem (I say 'our' since we have discussed it enough times and honestly, this rambling isn't even necessary) with the show on the head.

I just find it hard to get nearly as excited about her being on TV if it is this show as opposed to Lost. Call me elitist, but it's not even apples and oranges IMO.
Jeff: VM - Dude!j_mac179 on August 20th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Call me elitist, but it's not even apples and oranges IMO.

Wordy McWord. And I think people who watch both shows (and legitimately look for quality serialized TV, not just for actor/character wanking/gushing that seems to happen a lot with Heroes), it's a little bit expected or assumed that Lost is the more "elite" show. I could go on and on about how it has revolutionized the way serial dramas/stories can be filmed/told on television, and about its originality/trailblazing in the fantasy/sci-fi genre, but like you said, we've discussed all this many, many times - and concur.

I just find it hard to get nearly as excited about her being on TV if it is this show as opposed to Lost.

Naturally, I'm in the same boat. The prospect of her on Lost - even for just a few episodes - initially had me as fucking giddy as a schoolboy, I swear to God. Then reasonable expectations tamed my eventual disappointment.

With Heroes, it just gives me "a" reason to really look forward to some episodes now, whereas before I was just mildly entertained from week to week, hoping for some good character-movement stuff.

Here's hoping Kristen herself will be able to nudge Tim Kring and the writers into using some ad-libbing of her own, with dialogue for Ellen, since she is personally hands-down boatloads sharper and wittier than anything given to us in the conversations on screen thus far.

Her being "restrained" though the stilted and at-times-woefully-cheesy dialogue is like a 1967 Shelby GT 500 Mustang being boxed into a feeway slow-lane, when she so deserves and craves the speed-limitless Autobahn...
~ CinJudes ~: vm - dick - s2 - obviously_cinjudes_ on August 20th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Her being "restrained" though the stilted and at-times-woefully-cheesy dialogue is like a 1967 Shelby GT 500 Mustang being boxed into a feeway slow-lane, when she so deserves and craves the speed-limitless Autobahn...

And you say I have it bad for Edward Cullen. Alas, we are both a bit obsessive about our peeps, shows, characters, etc., so at least we get each other. ;D

I totally hear everything you are saying and I can't help but feel that she will be disappointed once she gets there. They can't handle her - honestly, I'm not sure they can handle David Anders either - and it's a damn shame that such talent will be wasted. My biggest problem with the show has always been character development and poor writing - and both KB and DA were cultivated on shows that were rich in just the opposite. I mean KB was of course the lead, but we all know what great depths VM gave to even minor characters. And even though Sark was a minor recurring character on Alias we got to the bones of him and really saw his complexities at it's finest. The staff at Heroes I'm really afraid aren't even slightly up to par with any of that. Lost is. Lost transcends that.

Gah - now I'm getting all wanky. I hope your happy! Grrr!
Jeff: VM - boo-yah!j_mac179 on August 20th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Gah - now I'm getting all wanky. I hope your happy! Grrr!

Immensely, now. Wank over stuff that totally deserves it is worth it, IMO. And - I just felt like making the comment thread longer. hehehe... \o/