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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back in 2008 the NBC series "Heroes" filmed at the Iverson Movie Ranch

This photo of Heroes Tower from 2008, painted up for a shoot for the NBC series "Heroes," ran in a recent post about Wyatt Earp with a Gatling gun, because "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" shot in the same location many years earlier. But I wanted to show readers more of the 2008 shoot for "Heroes."

"Heroes" episode "One of Us, One of Them" (premiered Sept. 29, 2008)

This shot from the third episode of season three of "Heroes" gives some idea of what was going on in the area during the shoot for the offbeat NBC superheroes drama series. Heroes Tower appears again here, at top right. In this shot actor Greg Grunberg, who played Matt Parkman on the show, examines a series of unexplained paintings on the rocks. With these wide-format shots, I recommend clicking on the photo to view a larger version.

Another shot from season three, episode three of "Heroes," titled "One of Us, One of Them," offers a better look at Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman, his face showing the effects of overexposure to the African sun. Behind him at top right is the familiar overhanging portion of Hangover Rock.

This version of the "Heroes" shot identifies Hangover Rock. The Iverson footage ran intermittently throughout season three, with much of the shooting done just below Hangover Rock.

Here's what the "Heroes" set looked like on a site visit in 2008. The African hut in the foreground was built for the TV show.

This version of the 2008 photo pinpoints the portion of Hangover Rock that creates the silhouette behind Greg Grunberg in the "Heroes" shot.

Another version of the 2008 site visit photo identifies a few key features. Built in about 1928, the building known as the Old Folks' House is where Iverson Movie Ranch founders Karl and Augusta Iverson lived out their retirement years. The structure, which was not used as a movie set, stood for some 80 years before being leveled by the Sesnon Fire, also known as the Porter Ranch Fire, in fall 2008.

"Heroes" episode "Eris Quod Sum" (premiered Oct. 27, 2008)

This shot from the seventh episode of season three shifts the angle a bit from the previous shot. Here we can again see the African hut, and above it much of the span of Hangover Rock.

Back to the episode titled "One of Us, One of Them," this shot provides a look at the entrance to the hut. The character in the doorway is the mysterious Usutu, played by Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine.

In this shot from a visit to the site in mid-2008, we get a glimpse of the Old Folks' House a couple of months before it burned down. That's it near the top right corner, partially hidden behind a large boulder.

Here's what the Old Folks' House looked like in the aftermath of the Sesnon Fire. In the background is a portion of the western San Fernando Valley.

Another view of the debris of the Old Folks' House includes Heroes Tower in the background, toward the right. Also visible here is an example of the graffiti that has been a problem in some areas of the former Iverson Movie Ranch.

This version of the previous shot points out Heroes Tower in the background, along with the graffiti.

"Heroes" episode "It's Coming" (premiered Nov. 17, 2008)

Other characters arrive in the "Heroes" area at Iverson during the course of the third season, but for the most part everyone eventually just wants to get out of there. Usutu, meanwhile, meets an unpleasant fate. (His body is seen near the center of the frame.)

"Heroes," which was canceled in 2010 after four seasons, is expected to be revived by NBC in 2015 as a 13-episode miniseries, "Heroes: Reborn." You can click here to read more about the 2008 "Heroes" shoot in a previous post about one of Ray Harryhausen's "dynamation" monsters.

Below are a couple of Amazon links for "Heroes" on DVD and Blu-ray ...

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