In my duties as screener reviewer, I made my way through Heroes. I remarked at the the time that it was odd that Greg Grunberg wasn’t in the pilot. Turns out, they edited the pilot down to an hour for screening purposes and he’s now going to be in the second episode.
It’s a little unclear from the SciFi Wire article whether the screener version is now the official pilot, or whether the original pilot will be the one that airs, but it’s an interesting twist. In particular, one of my concerns about the screener was the pacing. If there’s an hour’s worth of extra footage due to be inserted into it, it could well veer into “too slow by half” territory.
Let’s just see.