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Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:51AM EDT
Steven Spielberg recalls directing Steven Bochco's Columbo series premiere script in 1971
The Sept. 15, 1971 Columbo episode "Murder By the Book" kicked off the Peter Falk series after two previous Columbo TV movies. Spielberg and Bochco, the respective future titans of the movies and television, were still in their 20s when they collaborated on the first episode of a series that would have a 10-season run on NBC and ABC. "Steve was a friend and a colleague starting with the first episode of Columbo in 1971 that he wrote and I directed," said Spielberg in a statement, reacting to Bochco's death. "We have supported and inspired each other ever since and through many deep mutual friendships we have stayed connected for 47 years. I will miss Steve terribly.”
- Joss Whedon calls Hill Street Blues "one of the biggest influences on Buffy (and me)"
- Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady says "NYPD Blue ushered in what was to be a modern golden age of television drama"
- Blair Underwood: "Steven hired me on LA LAW and changed the trajectory of my life and career"
- Debra Messing: "He was a pioneer, a gentleman, and gave me my first job in prime time tv"
- Corbin Bernsen: "I will be forever grateful to Steven Bochco for the key to the lock that opened the door to a career"
- Neil Patrick Harris: "His work ethic shaped mine, his words of wisdom stick with me to this day. I’m so proud of Doogie Howser, mostly for being a Bochco show"
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:44AM EDT
Ryan Murphy jokingly announces American Crime Story: Who Bit Beyonce?
"It's happening," Murphy posted on Instagram in response to Tiffany Haddish's revelation that an unnamed actress bit Beyonce at a party. "Who should play Beyonce?" ALSO: Sarah Michelle Gellar says Buffy is the mysterious biter.
# TOPICS: Ryan Murphy, FX, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Beyonce, Sarah Michelle Geller, Tiffany Haddish
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Buffy's Joss Whedon and Degrassi creators talk about how they'd portray gun violence in schools following Parkland
Whedon, who's attending March for Our Lives on Saturday, recalls Buffy the Vampire Slayer being pulled in wake of the Columbine shooting. If he was doing a school shooting story today, he says he'd emphasize respect for the gravity of the situation. “If you're in the head of a person who's trapped in a classroom, if you don't let genre tropes outweigh the physical and mental experience of the people you're filming, then you have a shot at saying something useful," he says. Adds DeGrassi co-creator Linda Schuyler, who has depicted school shootings, most famously with Drake: “We do not want to glorify things, and we don't want to sensationalize them."
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Leave Buffy the Vampire Slayer alone: "To resurrect her would be a cruel and ultimately selfish act..."
"...So, of course, network execs want to do it," says Aimée Lutkin, reacting to Fox TV Group chair Gary Newman calling Buffy "the most ripe show" for a reboot. "Let’s pray (Joss) Whedon never decides it’s time," Lutkin adds. "Watching Buffy was a formative experience for many, but things have changed—in particular, the perception of Whedon as a feminist hero, following a very public accusation of cheating from his wife on the set of that very show, as well as other emotional manipulations. While I personally can’t dismiss this beloved show, I still can’t imagine that a reboot with Whedon at the helm would be anything short of a total disaster. Buffy had her moment, but that moment has passed and is also still available to stream online when the mood strikes." ALSO: There are too many ways a Buffy revival could go wrong.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 12:23PM EDT
Fox wants a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot to happen, but only if Joss Whedon says yes
Calling Buffy the "most ripe show" Fox has for a reboot, Fox TV group chair Gary Newman said at INTV conference in Jerusalem: “It’s something we talk about frequently, and Joss Whedon is really one of the greatest creators we ever worked with. When Joss decides it’s time, we’ll do it. And until Joss decides it’s time, it won’t happen.” ALSO: Newman admits he probably “wouldn’t get out of the building alive” if he rebooted Buffy. ALSO: Whedon said last year he worries about TV reboots, but won't rule out a Buffy revival.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is getting its first-ever picture book
The illustrated book is for Buffy fans who want to "experience it in a whole new way.”
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
David Boreanaz talks about starring on TV shows for two decades
The SEAL Team star says he loves to work. “I value being an executive producer on shows, and working as a director,” he tells TV Line. “It’s a triple threat for me. I rewrite a lot of dialogue on our show. There’s a lot of stuff that goes on that people aren’t aware of, so for me there’s more than just ‘hitting a mark,’ and I pride myself in that. Being able to deconstruct scripts, rewrite dialogue, bring ideas to the table that are actually going into the storyline… what makes sense and what doesn’t…. Whether it’s producing or acting or directing, I love all of it.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Buffy lost her virginity on Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20 years ago today
The Marti Noxon-penned "Surprise" episode from Jan. 19, 1998 and its companion "Innocence" redefined what a TV show is allowed to do.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
TV has helped glorify male predatory behavior, from Buffy to Grey’s Anatomy to Gossip Girl
Rape or attempted rape has been used to add drama on TV shows, as Julie Beck points out has happened on shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gossip Girl. On Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith and McDreamy’s love story begins with workplace harassment. The action of these and other pop-culture characters, she says, “were more likely to be portrayed as charming than scary.”
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 2:57PM EST
Eliza Dushku accuses True Lies stunt coordinator of molesting her when she was 12 years old
The former Buffy and Angel star made the accusation in a lengthy Facebook post Saturday morning. “When I was 12 years old, while filming True Lies, I was sexually molested by Joel Kramer, one of Hollywood’s leading stunt coordinators,” she wrote. “Ever since, I have struggled with how and when to disclose this, if ever. At the time, I shared what happened to me with my parents, two adult friends and one of my older brothers. No one seemed ready to confront this taboo subject then, nor was I.” When reached for comment by Variety, Kramer said Dushku’s allegations were “absolutely not true.”
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 9:37PM EDT
Buffy to become a middle-grade book series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: New School Nightmare will be released in September 2018.
Posted Thursday 10/19/17 at 12:55AM EDT
Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Nicolas Brendon arrested again
Brendon, who’s been arrested numerous times in recent years, was taken into custody in Palm Springs on felony domestic violence charges last week and for violating a protector order following an incident involving his girlfriend.
Posted Wednesday 10/04/17 at 10:47PM EDT
Joss Whedon is working on a comic book spinoff of Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The four-issue miniseries finds Giles working in an inner city public high school to investigate the disappearance of several teachers.
Posted Tuesday 8/22/17 at 9:14PM EDT
Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s female stars have stayed silent over accusations from Joss Whedon’s ex
Sarah Michelle Geller “doesn’t comment on other people’s personal lives,” her spokesperson told The Wrap. Eliza Dushku also declined to comment, while Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Emma Caulfield, Amber Benson and Michelle Trachtenberg didn’t respond to inquiries from The Wrap. Also not responding was Marti Noxon, one of Whedon’s top writer-producers.
# TOPICS: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alyson Hannigan, Amber Benson, Charisma Carpenter, Eliza Dushku, Emma Caulfield, Joss Whedon, Marti Noxon, Michelle Trachtenberg, Sarah Michelle Geller, Women and TV
Posted Monday 8/21/17 at 9:16AM EDT
Joss Whedon’s ex-wife accuses him of cheating on the Buffy set, calls him a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals"
In an article for The Wrap, Kai Cole recalls meeting Whedon at the start of his career in 1991. But their relationship found trouble when he found success with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She quotes him as saying, “When I was running Buffy, I was surrounded by beautiful, needy, aggressive young women. It felt like I had a disease, like something from a Greek myth. Suddenly I am a powerful producer and the world is laid out at my feet and I can’t touch it.”