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By Seth Freilich | Industry | September 26, 2007 |

You’ll recall that NBC has a much-hyped six episode “Heroes” spin-off in the work. “Heroes: Origins” will introduce new characters into the “Heroes” universe and, supposedly, America’s favorite will become a part of the show’s third season. Over the summer it was announced that one of these episodes would be written and directed by Kevin Smith, which makes total sense, and the producers have been working to get other logical big names into the mix. This week, word came down that one episode will be written by Michael Dougherty, who has some familiarity with the subject matter, having co-written Superman Returns and X2. So yeah, makes sense. But another episode will be written and directed by torture porn guru Eli Roth, which makes a little, uhm, less sense. Although I guess it’ll be interesting to see how far Roth can push the boundaries of violence on network TV and how many ways folks can use their superpowers to dismember people in a 44 minute span. But the producers won’t be getting a certain other writer/director they wanted, someone who also makes total sense. Quentin Tarantino has turned down an offer to participate, and I find his statement about it a bit odd, as he’s a guy who likes to portray himself as a geek and paragon of all things pop culture: “They were trying to get me to do one. I haven’t even seen the fucking show. What the fuck is ‘Heroes?’” You know, I really wish Quentin would stay behind the camera and otherwise keep his mouth shut, because every time I hear him say something, I grow to hate him just a little more.

And speaking of people I hate … Maya Rudolph. She is, but isn’t, but is going to be on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend (don’t worry if you didn’t even realize the show was premiering this Saturday). Recently, news came that Rudolph re-upped her contract with the show but then, on Monday, word was that she was stepping out of the show. But then, on Tuesday, it was a “nevermind — I’m totally staying and so happy to be returning.” What-the-fuck-ever. Am I really the only one who thinks she’s one of the least funny women that show has ever had? I mean, her Versace was almost-kinda-sorta amusing once, and … yeah, that’s about it.

But someone who is talented is Lauren Graham. I missed this news in last week’s round-up because of some cross-country traveling, but I know many of y’all were big “Gilmore Girls” fans. So you’ll be happy to hear that Graham has hooked herself up with a pretty plush deal over at NBC. She’s got a one-year agreement, reportedly worth millions, under which the former Lorelai will be working with NBC to develop a project. Personally, I’d like to see a show based on her Bad Santa character, not just because she was funny as hell in the flick, but because … I mean, she was banging hot in it too, right? I could live with watching that on TV every week!

Speaking of NBC, I’m going to keep pimping “Friday Night Lights” until it or I die. Someone recently pointed out that I keep telling y’all to watch without saying why you should watch it. Fair point, but the why is simple — it was the best network drama of the last season, and probably of the last several season. I will try to get a column up next week pimping its virtues in more detail but just trust me — there is no good reason that any of you shouldn’t be all over the Season One DVDs. Of if you’d prefer, you can go watch the second season premiere on Yahoo TV right now. Just do me a favor, especially if this will be your first introduction to the show, and please ignore the last five minutes of the episode. There is nothing like that in the first season, which is flawless (which is why I hate those five minutes all the more, but I’ll touch on this in that column I’m hopefully writing next week).

Quick programming note — on October 2, a DVD called The Comedians of Comedy: Live at the Troubadour is coming out. But this Saturday (September 29), Comedy Central is airing the whole show as part of its late-night 1 a.m. “Secret Stash” (meaning the show will be uncensored and uncut, although there will still be commercial breaks, of course). I guarantee this will be worth the TiVo investment, so get to it (it includes Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman and David Cross for Christ’s sake).

But whatever with all the stuff on TV right now. Because I’m leaving you with the following video, and all I can say is, holy f’ing shit. Between this and “Battlestar Galactica,” how excited am I for January? It’s going to be the absolute bomb diggity:

Seth Freilich is Pajiba’s television editor. For the record, he is fucking furious about the new credits inexplicably attached to “The Unit” — the old ones were awesome (especially the song), and these are generic and cheesy as hell.

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