August 22, 2008

Kring is Sure of a Heroes Welcome at Chillax Show

By Gareth Edwards

THE CREATOR of the hit TV show Heroes is to appear at a Fringe chat show tonight.

Tim Kring, who is in town to attend the Edinburgh International Television Festival, has been confirmed as one of the guests at tonight's Chillax, a late-night chat-show being held at C Venues.

Kring, 51, is a screen-writer and producer who shot to fame two years ago following the phenomenal success of Heroes.

The drama series, which charted the emergence of people with super-powers and their fight to save man-kind from destruction, earned rave reviews and the third series of the show is due to air in America in September.

Kring will be giving a masterclass on Heroes at the Edinburgh International Television Festival tomorrow, when he is expected to discuss the difficulties of working on a show with such high expectations, and his plans for a spin-off series, as well as giving a preview of new material.

And he is likely to face some tricky questions from the Chillax audience, after the second series, affected by the writers' strike in America, received a poor reception.

The show's final weekend is being hosted by former Hollyoaks stars Matt Littler and Darren Jon Jefferies, who will also be joined by Daniel Kaluuya, the young actor and writer of Skins.

Chillax is billed as an "interactive chat show", with audience members able to text question for the guests in advance, or ask them on the night.

It has been inspired by TV chat shows such as the Sunday Night Project and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, and also provides a platform for unsigned bands to perform live.

Tonight, local Edinburgh band Two Carved Stones will be featured as the house band and perform tracks from their new album.

Producer Jacqui Garbett said: "I'm thrilled that Matt Littler and Darren Jon Jefferies want to come and host Chillax at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

"Having an audience interaction element, means the show always reveals a surprise as guests can be asked anything.

"With Tim Kring coming on as a guest and Matt and Darren at the helm and let loose on Edinburgh audiences, it will be a memorable and thoroughly entertaining show."

Chillax with Matt Littler and Darren Jon Jefferies, C Venue, Chambers Street, GBP 9.50, today and tomorrow, 12.15am, 0845-260 1234

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