IT'S A NEW-CENTURY TWILIGHT ZONE
Creator Tim Kring cites Rod Serling's anthology series as the model for Origins. Each episode ''cautionary tales about fantastic characters'' will focus on the origin story of one or two heroes.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
Origins won't be dependent on Heroes' mythology. Familiar faces may cameo, and the show could explore fringe characters like Claude the Invisible Man (Christopher Eccleston). Viewers will also get to vote a character onto the flagship show. ''We like to think of it as the farm team for Heroes,'' says Kring.
THE PREMIERE WILL EMPHASIZE FUN
Think Hiro Nakamura, Heroes' gleeful ''Powers are fun!'' Everyman. Says Kring: ''The first episode won't be a particularly dour version of the show.'' FYI: Origins will start production this fall but probably won't launch until next spring.
CELEBRITY CREATORS ARE WELCOME
Kring is hoping Heroes' Hollywood fans writers, directors, and actors ''might be interested in coming to play with us for 10 days or so.'' Our wish list: Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze, and Jack Black.