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May 18, 2001

UPN has released their Fall schedule, which does indeed place BtVS in the slot you're used to (you know... Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m.), followed by fellow WB-transport Roswell. Details here.



May 15, 2001

The WB has decided to keep Angel, and move it to Mondays at 9:00 p.m. (with the rather... er... interesting choice of 7th Heaven as a lead-in). UPN has not released their Fall schedule yet, but is expected to keep Buffy on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., possibly picking up the canceled Roswell and placing it after BtVS.

• The WB has also picked up eight episodes of Glory Days, from Dawson's Creek creator Kevin Williamson. The hour-long drama, featuring Julie Benz, will air midway through the season at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Emma Caulfield will chat online at Yahoo! Chat on May 17th at 4:00 p.m. Pacific/7:00 p.m. Eastern. More info here.

Giles may get a spin-off of his own — in Britain. Joss is reportedly in talks with the BBC for six episodes of an hour-long occult-tinged show centered on Head's Giles character. Reports indicate that Anthony Head (Giles) would not be leaving Buffy even if the spin-off does go through. Articles can be found at LATimes.com here

• Finally, some word on the Buffy game, though it's not great news. Electronic Arts has made a deal for some Fox Interactive games, including Buffy. However, though Fox Interactive originally planned the Buffy game for PC, Dreamcast, and PlayStation, EA is reportedly planning it as an Xbox (Microsoft's new console) exclusive, for release in 2002. Details here.

JossisaHottie.com is sponsoring a birthday project for Joss Whedon (his birthday is June 23). Go here for all the details.

• IGN Sci-Fi has a Buffy Bonus with Amber Benson here.

Eliza Dushku can be seen on the cover of May's Maxim magazine, with article and photos inside.

Eliza Dushku, Clare Kramer, Marc Blucas, and Clea Duvall (Marcie from "Out of Mind, Out of Sight") can be seen in GQ magazine's (UK version) June "Young Hollywood" issue.

• EW.com has an interview with Joss Whedon here.

James Marsters narrowly beat out Jon Bon Jovi in People.com's Most Beautiful People Poll. You can find the results here.



April 26, 2001

• Run along over to People.com and vote for James Marsters as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People. Do it here, as many times as you like.

Joss Whedon gave an interview to TV Guide Insider about the move to UPN. Read it here.

Joss will make an on-screen appearance in episode 2.21 of Angel, "Through the Looking Glass," on May 15th. Joss confirmed this himself, saying (at the Bronze), "Yes. I will make my on-screen debut in Angel 21. No, I will not speak, and no, you will not see my face. But I will make my presence known! Just remember my watchword: Dignity. Always dignity."

• From US Weekly: "Members of the cast of Buffy The Vampire Slayer are collaborating on an album produced by Anthony Stewart Head, who plays Buffy's mentor Rupert Giles. "It won't be some tired old rocker trying to get back to his root,' Head, 47, told US weekly. Costars James Marsters (Spike) and Amber Benson (Tara) provide some vocals, and show creator Joss Whedon has contributed a song he wrote. Sadly, the Slayer herself, Sara Michelle Gellar, is sitting this one out."

Juliet Landau (Drusilla) will appear at Metro Comics in Santa Barbara to sign autographs on May 26 at 4 PM. Andy Hallett (the Host, Angel) will be there as well. Contact MetroComix@aol.com for details.

David Boreanaz participated in a chat with UK's Channel 4 on April 16th. You can find the transcript here.



April 25, 2001

Buffy finally has a home for next season — on UPN. The network bought 44 episodes (2 seasons), and will reportedly be paying roughly $2.3 million per episode (substantially more than the WB's reported offer of $1.6 million, and more than twice the current price tag of $1 million), for a total of $102 million. The deal is strike-protected, meaning that even if writers and actors go on strike this summer, Fox is obligated to produce 44 episodes, and UPN is obligated to air them all when available. UPN also agreed to buy 2 seasons of Angel if the WB cancels it (perhaps out of retaliation), which would allow the two shows to remain paired.

One downside to the move is that some fans may not have access to the show once it moves, as UPN has 176 affiliates compared to the WB's 221. To find out if you have a UPN affiliate in your area, go to UPN's official site here, click on "Stations" on the left, and choose your state from the dropdown list. If you don't have an affiliate in your area, start calling and/or writing to your local cable company requesting that they obtain UPN programming. (Please don't email me about this — sorry, but I honestly cannot help you.)

I've archived Joss' comments about the move (posted at the old official site's posting board) here. The following links will take you to a few of the many articles about the move: E! Online, LA Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, another Variety article, Inside.com, a good article at Time.com, an official (and rather snippy) statement from the WB, and another official statement from the WB.

There is no definitive word yet on what time slot BtVS will have on UPN, though speculation is that UPN may keep it in it's current slot (which would make it easier for viewers to find the show). Also, despite Sarah Michelle Gellar's previous comments that she would only stick with the show if it stayed on the WB (which she later retracted), she is contracted to stay on.

Sarah Michelle Gellar is officially engaged to Freddie Prinze Jr — the couple announced their engagement at Sarah's 24th birthday party on April 14th. A wedding date has not been set. Details from E! Online here and Variety here.

• E! Online has a feature in honor of Buffy's 100th episode, including interviews and the answers to fan-submitted questions. Find it here.

Elisabeth Rohm (Kate on Angel) has been hired to replace Angie Harmon's character on Law & Order. More information can be found in the E! Online article here. (No word on how this will affect her role on Angel.)



April 01, 2001

• UPN has entered the Buffy bidding war, though insiders say it's unlikely they'll win. For news on UPN's bid, as well as a general update on the status of Buffy's network future, click here to read an E!Online article.

• Joss Whedon is developing an animated version of BtVS. The cartoon will be aired on Fox's Saturday morning schedule, possibly as soon as February 2002. For full details, click here to read an E!Online article.

• Wanda of E!Online will be interviewing Joss and members of the BtVS cast, and she wants to ask them your questions. More info here; submit your questions here by Thursday, April 5th.

• ScoopMe! is sponsoring a Give Buffy an Emmy campaign. Their message: "Itís put up or shut up time for Buffy fans. Letís get Buffy the Emmy nomination it deserves! The folks over at ScoopMe!, in association with JossWhedon.net, are spearheading a campaign to get a full-page ad in Variety. Go to http://www.scoopme.com/gbae."

Wanna help Amber Benson make her movie, Chance? There's a fundraiser going to help Amber pay the production costs of the film, of which Amber is a writer, director, producer, and actor. They will be selling an EXCLUSIVE signed 8x10 glossy photography of Amber in full director-mode. Send in $15 (or more!) to get a picture. Anyone sending in $50 (or more) will get the pic as well as their name in the special thanks list at the end credits of the flick. Go here for more information about the fundraiser, and here for more information about the film.

• NickBrendon.com is sponsoring a birthday project for Nicholas Brendon (he and his twin brother turn 30 on April 12th). You're invited to send your birthday wishes, and perhaps make a donation in Nick's honor to the Stuttering Foundation of America (of which Nick, as a former stutterer, is a spokesperson). Get all the details here.

• Speaking of Nicholas, NickBrendon.com reports you can see NB in an ad for the Stuttering Foundation of America in the April 2 issue of ESPN magazine. It's on page 125.

Julie Benz has been cast in a pilot for the WB called Glory Days. In the dramedy created by Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek), Julie will play a small town TV news reporter. (Note: Julie is filming the pilot, which will be shown to WB execs, but the show has not yet been picked up and may or may not appear on the WB next fall.)

• TheWB.com has an interview with Amber Benson here.



February 22, 2001

Julie Benz can be seen (and boy can she!) in the March issue of FHM (US version), with Tiffani Thiessen on the cover. She can also be seen on their site here.

• An interview with Amber Benson can be found at AllPop.com here.

• Interviews with David Boreanaz can be found at NYPost.com here, and at The Movies Magazine here.

James Marsters discusses his Buffy style at TheWB.com here.



February 09, 2001

Alyson Hannigan has reportedly signed on to reprise her American Pie role as Michelle for the sequel. See the Upcoming Movies page for details.

David Boreanaz will reportedly be modeling for the next Abercrombie & Fitch catalog.

• Vote for your favorite moments of BtVS in the TV Guide Awards' TV Moment of the Year contest here. (Thanks to Little Willow for the tip!)



February 07, 2001

• Not surprisingly, it is now being reported that neither Joss Whedon nor Sigourney Weaver are involved with Alien 5, if indeed it's even moving forward.



February 05, 2001

NickBrendon.com, Nick's official site, reported that Nicholas Brendon has proposed to his girlfriend of two years, Tressa DiFiglia. Congrats to Nick!

• TV Guide named Alyson Hannigan one of TV's MVPs in their February 10th issue. Check it out online here.

• Most of you have probably already been following this, but Sarah Michelle Gellar told E!Online columnist Wanda that she would leave BtVS if the show were to move to another network (full story here). She then issued a retraction, insisting that she's with the show no matter what (full story here, including details about the possible network move).

Valentine placed 2nd in the box office race this weekend, pulling in an estimated $10.1 million.

• The Museum of Television and Radio will be honoring Angel at the William S. Paley Television Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 3rd at 9:00 p.m. Scheduled to appear in person are Julie Benz, David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, David Greenwalt, Christian Kane, Tim Minear, Marti Noxon, J. August Richards, Elisabeth Rohm, Stephanie Romanov, and Joss Whedon. Tickets, priced at $15 each, go on sale to the general public on February 9th. Full details here.

Joss Whedon will reportedly be scripting Alien 5, which actress Sigourney Weaver has agreed to film.

James Marsters will chat at TheWB.com on Tuesday, February 13th at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (7:30 p.m. Eastern).

Joss Whedon has inked a four year contract with 20th Century Fox Television reportedly worth over $20 million. The deal will allow Joss to create and produce new shows while still executive producing Buffy and Angel. Get the full story here.

Anthony Stewart Head will reportedly be recording an album with THC's George Sarah. THC, many of you recall, was the band behind Veruca's band (Shy) in the Season 4 episodes "Beer Bad" and "Wild at Heart."

Alyson Hannigan is the only Buffy or Angel actor to become a finalist in the 2001 TV Guide Awards. Alyson is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. The full list of nominees can be seen here.

Online Interviews:

  • David Boreanaz at HorrorOnline.com here.
  • David Boreanaz at People.com here.
  • David Boreanaz at E! Online here.
  • David Boreanaz at Cinema Confidential here.
  • David Boreanaz at Mr. Showbiz here.
  • David Boreanaz Coming Attractions here.
  • Julie Benz at HorrorOnline.com here.
  • Michelle Trachtenberg at TeenMag.com here.
  • Michelle Trachtenberg chat transcript at CosmoGirl! here.
  • Nicholas Brendon at TheWB.com here.
  • Nicholas Brendon at NickBrendon.com here.
  • Alexis Denisof chat transcript (from TVGuide.com chat) here.
  • James Marsters at TheWB.com here.
  • Amber Benson at Fabula Magazine here.

Magazines:

  • Michelle Trachtenberg is featured in the March 2001 issue of YM magazine, along with some behind the scenes photos.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar is on the current cover of UK's Esquire magazine.


January 24, 2001

• For those who haven't heard, Sarah Michelle Gellar unfortunately didn't win the Golden Globe she was nominated for. Best Actress in a Drama TV Series instead went to Sela Ward of Once and Again.



January 20, 2001

Eliza Dushku was chosen as one of E! Online's Sizzlin' Sixteen for 2001. Check it out here.

• Sarah Kuhn chats it up with James Marsters and David Boreanaz at IGN Sci-Fi here.

• Kevin Smith is once again talking about Eliza Dushku (she's in talks to appear in his next film). Read it here.

• Feeling generous with your blood? Participate in the First Annual JamesMarsters.com Bleedathon. Check it out here.

• Fandom.com has an interview with Valentine co-stars David Boreanaz and Katherine Heigl here.

Cinema Confidential invites you to win Valentine prizes, including postcards autographed by David Boreanaz. Check it out here.

BtVS has been nominated for Outstanding Drama Series in the 12th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. (GLAAD being, if you're unaware, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.) You can view the other nominees here. The awards will take place in four ceremonies to be held in New York City on April 16, in Los Angeles on April 28, in Washington, D.C., on May 12, and in San Francisco on June 9.

• Movieline.com has a feature with David Boreanaz, including sexy pics and a video clip, here.

• Vote for Sarah Michelle Gellar as New Stylemaker in the 2001 Young Hollywood Awards here.

Kristine Sutherland and Jane Espenson will be signing autographs on January 27, 2001 from 1-3 p.m. at Metro Entertainment. Address/phone/email:

     6 West Anapamu
     Santa Barbara CA 93101
     (805) 963-2168
     metrocomix@aol.com

You can email metrocomix@aol.com for mail order information on signed, personalized 8x10's. If you wish to attend the event, email the number of tickets needed and your name, address and phone number.

Alyson Hannigan is interviewed in the current issue of British magazine FHM, along with a sexy pictorial. Get a sneak peak at their site here.

• Check out an interview with Michelle Trachtenberg and Angel's J. August Richards at IGN Sci-Fi here, and one with Nicholas Brendon here.



January 15, 2001

Dreamwatch magazine features the cast of Angel on their January cover, and includes an interview with David Boreanaz. The February issue will reportedly feature interviews with Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield, and Marc Blucas.



January 03, 2001

• The soundtrack to David Boreanaz's upcoming movie Valentine is due out on January 31 and available for pre-order now at Amazon.com.

• IGN Sci-Fi presented both Buffy and Angel with their Best Series award, and handed David Boreanaz Best Actor, in their 2nd Annual Bemmie Awards. Check it out here. Sarah Kuhn dishes her own awards in the Buffy Bonus here.



December 31, 2000

• The 3rd Annual TV Guide Award nominations are out, and the following are of interest to BtVS fans:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Drama Series of the Year
  • David Boreanaz — Actor of the Year in a Drama Series
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar — Actress of the Year in a Drama Series
  • James Marsters — Supporting Actor of the Year in a Drama Series
  • Alyson Hannigan — Supporting Actress of the Year in a Drama Series
  • Shane West — Breakout Star of the Year (played Sean in "Go Fish," now starring in Once and Again)

Winners will be determined via online voting at TV Guide Online and ballots published in the January 6 and January 13 issues of TV Guide magazine. The awards will be taped on Feb. 21 at the Shrine Expo Center in Los Angeles, and broadcast on March 7 on Fox.

More Top Tens: USA Today's Robert Bianco named the two-hour Buffy/Angel block number 3 on his list (here), and Salon.com's Joyce Millman named BtVS number 2 (here).

Kevin Smith talks about Eliza Dushku and BtVS (no, he doesn't watch, but Jason Mewes does). Check it out here.

• Though I didn't see it, I'm told BtVS was mentioned on Jeopardy on December 20th. In the category "Famous TV Episodes," contestants were expected to match the episode title to the show. None of the contestants were aware that "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date" was a Buffy episode.

• Over at IGN, Sarah Kuhn's got an interview with Marti Noxon here and a Buffy Bonus here.



December 24, 2000

Sarah Michelle Gellar has been nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series in the 2001 Golden Globes. She's up against, among others, Dark Angel's Jessica Alba. The awards will presented & broadcast on January 21, 2001.

BtVS, just after making EW's Top 10 list, came in 7th in TV Guide's Top 10 of 2000, saying, "After four seasons, Buffy's bold blend of comedy and terror is as confident and compelling as ever."



December 16, 2000

• Pocket Books has asked Buffy novel author Christopher Golden to give them copies of emails he receives from Body of Evidence fans. If you're a fan of these (non-BtVS) books, simply email golden@tiac.net with one to three paragraphs saying what it is you love about Jenna and BoE, so he can pass on these emails to Pocket.

• In the December 22/29 double issue of Entertainment Weekly, "Best of 2000," BtVS has made the Top 10 list of best television programming in 2000. This year it slipped a few rungs to fifth place, having been edged out by The West Wing, The Sopranos, Short Form Series TV (such as Survivor), and The Late Show with David Letterman. You can find the review here.

• The January 2001 issue of UK magazine Dreamwatch features Sarah Michelle Gellar on the cover, along with an interview inside. The February issue features the cast of Angel on the cover and an interview with David Boreanaz.

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