|Following the season one finale of Heroes on 21 May, creator Tim Kring and actress Hayden Panettiere ("Claire Bennett") fielded a series of wide-ranging questions in a live internet chat. One of the questions asked about Christopher Eccleston's future on the program.
Kring responded, "We love Christopher Eccleston and we are really hoping that he'll return to the show next season. It's purely a matter of his availability as an actor, but we're very much interested in that."
This may be made easier by a change coming to the series' format. Kring revealed in the same conversation that he expects the serial format to contract. Whereas season 1 was a single storyline under the heading "Volume 1", he expects season 2 to contain at least two "volumes". Tightening the narrative into separate story lines will naturally mean more definite "recording blocks". This, in turn, should define the maximum length of time guest stars will be required each season, and therefore make it easier to schedule busy guest actors like Eccleston.