Little Shop's Ellen Greene to Return to NBC's "Heroes"

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"Pushing Daisies" star Ellen Greene, the celebrated singing actress known for her work on stage and on the silver screen in Little Shop of Horrors, will make another guest appearance on the acclaimed NBC series "Heroes."
Ellen Greene
Ellen Greene

The Tony-nominated actress will reprise her role as Virginia Gray, Gabriel Gray's (aka Sylar) mother in an episode titled "I Am Sylar." The one-hour episode is scheduled to air April 20 at 9 PM ET; check local listings.

In "I Am Sylar," press notes state, "Sylar (Zachary Quinto) continues his unusual partnership and begins to have an unexpected identity crisis. Hiro (Masi Oka) and Ando (James Kyson Lee) take measures toward bringing down Building 26. Meanwhile, Matt's (Greg Grunberg) new found fatherhood changes his priorities. Elsewhere, Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) sets a plan in motion to right the wrongs of his government operation. Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Cristine Rose and Milo Ventimiglia also star. Lisa Lackey and Ellen Greene also guest star."

About her upcoming appearance, Greene told, "Virginia was last seen in 'The Hard Part' and Sylar ends up accidently killing his mother, but the writers found a way to bring me back. I am so glad I get to work with Zachary Quinto again. It's really such a joy to work with him. It is all ['Heroes' and 'Pushing Daisies' creator] Bryan Fuller's doing. I couldn't see saying goodbye to him [following the cancellation of 'Pushing Daisies'] . . . [so he] brought me with him back to 'Heroes' and my character back to life. I so love him and creating with him. He's such an amazing talent! . . . It's a wonderful script by Adam Armus and Kay Foster and great direction by Allan Arkush."

Ellen Greene began her career as a nightclub singer, performing in the now closed New York cabaret Reno Sweeney. At age 21, Joseph Papp took her under his wing and cast her in productions of Boom Boom Room and The Threepenny Opera. Greene earned a Tony nomination for her work in the latter, but it was her role as Audrey in both the original stage and film productions of Little Shop of Horrors that brought her national attention. Among her recent theatrical credits are the West Coast staging of Side Man and an all-star reading of Women Behind Bars. Her many screen credits include "Pushing Daisies," "Heroes," "The Cooler," "One Fine Day," "Léon," "Fathers & Sons," "Stepping Out," "Pump Up the Volume," "Talk Radio" and "Next Stop, Greenwich Village." Her solo recording is titled "In His Eyes."

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