Buffy the Vampire SlayerLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuts on Facebook Watch to a disappointing viewership of nearly 600,000
The Joss Whedon trio of Buffy, Angel and Firefly -- released, respectively, last Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- combined for 949,000 views. Nearly half the total was for Buffy's first episode. "So, not really a slay," says Todd Spangler, pointing to Facebook's 185 million daily active users. "However you look at it, those aren’t the kind of TV-level numbers that Facebook execs have hoped for with the Watch strategy." Facebook users also didn't engage much with the three shows, even though the social network rolled them out with a "Watch Party" strategy.
Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
Why "woke" TV reboots don't work: "Diversity isn’t a varnish you can apply to what’s familiar"
Past TV shows rebooted to emphasize diversity, like Charmed or the upcoming Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot are bound to be problematic, says Emma Grey Ellis. "This is where the of vast majority of woke-ified reboots fail," she says. "They respond to calls for change by retreading old ground—an insulting move on a few different levels. Reboots, remakes, and sequels abound because they’re easy to get greenlit: Executives feel safer shelling out cash for things they know have worked before, things that have a built-in audience. Which is already unsatisfying, but somewhat worse when you consider that many of these reboots have female showrunners and/or showrunners of color, some of whom have explicitly stated that doing a remake of an existing show is the only way to get their stories greenlit. The implication: Stories about women and minorities aren’t seen as marketable enough to stand on their own, unless they are standing on the shoulders of a story by and for white men. Which, even just from a box office numbers standpoint, is plainly wrong."
Posted Saturday 12/01/18 at 12:30AM EST
Should an Amazon boycott include its original shows?
Some people have begun avoiding buying products on Amazon over reports of its harsh treatment of employees. But what about the shows? "It’s impossible to really separate Amazon’s consumer goods business from its digital content business, and that’s by design," says Heather Schwedel. "The company’s express goal with its streaming service is to get more consumers hooked on Amazon Prime: “When we win a Golden Globe, it helps us sell more shoes,” Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has said. For lots of members, access to free movies and television, and especially Amazon’s expensive original series, will keep them happy with their subscriptions and coming back year after year—and ultimately spending more and more on Prime. Prime Instant Video is just another widget Amazon is peddling because it wants not only that membership fee but to continue increasing how much of your mental market share it takes up. The company wants everyone to use it for every single thing. Even if you become the rare Prime member who is able to watch movies and television through the service without becoming more consumed in the Amazon machine, the money you’re paying for the service will go to the same place in the end." ALSO: Buffy, Angel and Firefly reruns joining Facebook Watch poses a dilemma for those outraged with Facebook's recent actions.
Posted Friday 11/30/18 at 4:04PM EST
Facebook Watch adds Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly
Source: The Verge
The Joss Whedon favorites will be free to watch for everybody. In fact, Facebook will host online watch parties starting this evening for Buffy. Angel will have a watch party on Saturday, followed by Firefly on Sunday.
Posted Thursday 11/15/18 at 1:35PM EST
Every The WB show, ranked
Source: TV Guide
TV Guide has ranked all 77 shows that aired on The WB from its launch in 1995 until it was merged with UPN to form The CW in 2006. Which is No. 1: Gilmore Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Roswell, Felicity or Dawson's Creek?
Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 10:33AM EST
Sarah Michelle Gellar wears a Buffy the Vampire Slayer T-shirt to "embarrass" her kids
Source: The Today Show
"if you really want to embarrass your children, wear this for pick-up," the actress wrote on Instagram while wearing a Buffy shirt with her face on it.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Chicago bar transformed itself into Buffy the Vampire Slayer for Halloween
The Replay Lincoln Park bar opened the pop-up bar "High School Vampire Hunter," featuring drinks such as "The Stake."
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Did Chilling Adventures of Sabrina rip off a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode?
An episode of the Netflix series bares a striking resemblance to Buffy's Season 4 finale "Restless." Were the similarities intentional?
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Why David Boreanaz is the most consistent actor on TV of the past 20 years
Source: Paste Magazine
From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Angel to Bones to SEAL Team, Boreanaz has never been off the air over the past two decades enough time for viewers to miss him. "Perhaps this is why, when it comes to actors from the Buffyverse (and the Whedonverse as a whole), Boreanaz has always been considered middle of the pack," says LaToya Ferguson. "If I had a dime for every time someone told me they never watched Angel because Angel’s was a 'boring' character on Buffy, and/or because of Boreanaz’s lack of dynamism, I ‘d have enough money to skip writing this piece. There’s also the (related) argument that Boreanaz’s series have themselves been 'middle of the pack,' but that’s an insult to Angel and Bones’ impact on their respective genres and on the medium as a whole, to say nothing of their longevity. SEAL Team is still in its infancy, but it’s off to a similarly strong start. Which raises the question: What is it about David Boreanaz that equals success in the (network) television world?" She adds: "Boreanaz comes across as a likable actor who you never think is half-assing anything. You never get the impression he has anything less than respect for his characters, though he’s more than willing to move on once his work on a series is said and done."
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 1:42PM EDT
Sarah Michelle Gellar joins David Boreanaz in backing the Buffy reboot
“At the end of the day, it’s all about great storytelling,” Gellar told People in a story published last night, hours after her former Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star Boreanaz shut down booing of the Monica Owusu-Breen revival of Buffy. “If a story lives on," says Gellar, "then I think it should be told in any incarnation it can be told in.”
Posted Thursday 10/04/18 at 5:24PM EDT
David Boreanaz defends Buffy reboot amid booing: “Come on, guys, it's a good thing"
The former Angel and Buffy star was discussing his TV career at New York Comic Con today when the topic of the Monica Owusu-Breen-led Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot came up, which was met with booing. “Come on, guys, it’s a good thing,” he told the crowd. “Let’s just embrace (it). I’m very happy for them. They want to embrace a new generation, something new. … Everybody wants old, they want to go back, which I can understand. You want to see us back in these roles. It’s great, it’s cool, (but) things move on, stories evolve, times change. I think it’s a great opportunity for a reboot like this to show where we are with society now, what you can do with technology. How you can explore those relationships with the same kinds of metaphors. I’m all for it. I think it’s fantastic. Good for them. I hope that it becomes huge and successful, and does what it does.” Boreanaz also gave his blessing if another actor took on the role of Angel.
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 4:08PM EDT
Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book finds a new publishing home
The Buffy comic book is moving from Dark Horse Comics to BOOM! STUDIOS! in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products. Fox pulled Dark Horse's license last month after 20 years.
Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 10:35PM EDT
Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer executive producer Marti Noxon initially hated the idea of a reboot
“I’ll be honest, initially I was like, ‘Nooo! Don’t touch the sacred text!'” Noxon tells The Wrap. “But the more I learned about it, the more excited I got.” Noxon says of the Buffy reboot showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen: “I’m excited that there is a female showrunner and that she’s a woman of color writing about a woman of color. So I’m actually really pumped for it.”
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 7:08PM EDT
Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book to end its run on Dark Horse Comics
Joss Whedon said in an interview that Fox is taking back the licenses to Buffy and Firefly, but he's planning to do a Dr. Horrible comic for Dark Horse.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Fox executive says Buffy reboot is a "great take on the show"
Source: E! Online
Fox co-chairman Gary Newman emphasized at the TV press tour that the potential Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot is still in the early stages and that a script hasn't been written. "We're thrilled that Joss (Whedon) has engaged," Newman said. "Monica (Owusu-)Breen, who Joss worked with on one of his other series, is the person who would be day-to-day on the show, she's got a great take on the show, which if I told you I'd have to slit your throat, probably. It's not on an incredibly fast track, but we're hopeful that this one will come to pass."