It would have been exciting enough to wander alone through Claire's new home on the "Heroes" set. But it was far better for my tour guide to be Jack Coleman, aka Mr. Bennet, aka HRG. He led a group of reporters through the airy, spacious, well-decorated house during a set visit at the TCA press tour, artfully dodging questions about where exactly we were.
"Let's just say it's not where the old house was," Coleman said.
OK, then. Is it in a different time zone?
"A different time zone is very possible."
A sunny climate?
"You're killing me."
All we know for sure is that the Bennets have indeed relocated since, you know, that whole episode when Ted-the-radioactive-guy kinda ruined the Bennets' Texas home and made Claire's face melt temporarily. The new home, decorated almost entirely in shades of blue, brown and black, has a large triangular window, potted trees in the corners, glass jars of rice and lentils in the kitchen, and a walk-up pathway lined with slightly trampled Astroturf. There are fewer pictures of Mr. Muggles in this house, though Coleman assured us the dog has not been forgotten. And though we're not quite sure what Mr. Bennet's plans are for the season, even Coleman had to admit that the home looks pretty permanent.
One reporter pointed triumphantly at the flowering bougainvillea in the back yard — yes, there was a back yard, complete with patio furniture — as a dead giveaway that the Bennets were in California (and that's what a little bit of casting news indicated to us, too).
"I don't know," Coleman teased back. "We might be in the Mediterranean."