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wFriday, February 07, 2003


THOUGHTS ON BUFFY: The growing concensus at Whedonesque is that Buffy won't be around next year because Sarah Michelle Gellar wants out. Instead, there might be a replacement spinoff show with Faith as the new Slayer. Most of the supporting characters, including Willow, Xander and Spike would continue but Giles would most definitely be gone (Anthony Stewart Head would not sign on for more seasons). The only question, reportedly, is whether Eliza Dushku (Faith) will sign on the dotted line.

As ideas go, that's not the worst one I've heard. Faith isn't a great character but neither is Buffy. The show rises or falls on a) the supporting cast and b) good writing. If they can retain James Masters, Alyson Hannigan and Nicholas Brendon, then I'll give the spinoff at least five episodes before making any judgments. But it's also possible that removing Gellar from the mix will so screw with the show's chemistry that they'd have been better driving a stake through its heart at the end of current season. Buffy creator Joss Whedon might be better off to radically rethink this thing and pitch it to, say, Home Box Office or Showtime. If HBO could be sold on the series, money would no longer be an issue. And it's a good guess that the added prestige might convince Gellar to stick around for a couple of seasons.

Another idea would to resuscitate a project that never got off the ground: a Buffy animated series. (Look at some of the awesome concept pics here.) The story would have to be simplified some but it wouldn't necessarily have to lose its edge. If the networks balked, it's likely that HBO or MTV would be willing to give it a shot, and going animated would definitely solve the problem of fickle actors.

posted by Jeremy at 3:31 AM