I guess this was inevitable. Since networks are currently resurrecting so many past TV series, eventually they’d get to the one that actually dealt with resurrection – Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Last year, during the 20th anniversary, there was much speculation about the possibility of a BtVS reboot, which I get – it always stirs up emotions to see the gang back together. But not much came of those discussions – then. Just recently, Gary Newman from Fox hinted at a reboot, saying BtVS likely had the most potential of all their shows. However, everything hinges on one person, creator Joss Whedon, to say it’s time.
With reboots and revivals dominating the television landscape, it’s only natural that studios are scouring their archives for the titles worth dusting off. So it comes as little surprise that Fox has looked at bringing back cult favorite “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
I think if you look in our library, ‘Buffy’ is probably the most ripe show we have for bringing back,” said Fox TV group chair Gary Newman at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem. But he acknowledged that he “wouldn’t get out of the building alive” if he actually announced it.
“It’s something we talk about frequently, and Joss Whedon is really one of the greatest creators we ever worked with,” he said. “When Joss decides it’s time, we’ll do it. And until Joss decides it’s time, it won’t happen.
Last year, the reunited cast was asked their thoughts about bringing the show back. Most were non-committal or conditionally interested in the idea with the exception being Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar. Sarah’s concern was, “At a certain point, when things are magical, you don’t want to go back and Godfather III it-right?” Her point was there is always the risk of not living up to expectations. James Marsters, who played Spike, was all for the idea but only if Whedon was at the helm. Whedon suggested this was possible by saying, “Everything sort of finds its way back somewhere.” I’ve long admired the way Joss got BtVS made in his original vision after hating the final version of the film. And I respected that instead of wearing out the series, he branched off into comic book series to continue the story in a different way. Unfortunately, we now know a much seedier side to Whedon. I worry that any attempt to bring this back will be under that cloud.
I don’t know if I can look past the Whedon scandal but I will say this, and I hope we can still be friends: personally, I enjoyed Angel more than I did BtVS. It’s probably an age thing, I was older when I was introduced to both. I mean, I enjoyed BtVS, certainly, but I loved Angel – like ‘participated in the blood drives to try …read more