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Great Googly Moogly!!!! We Now Have To Watch TRU_CALLING''

Published at: May 23, 2004, 5:16 a.m. CST by staff

I am – Hercules!!

Maybe!! Because that’s where Jane Espenson, for Herc’s money the best “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” writer not named Joss Whedon, is headed next season. (“She can’t help!” you scoff? Remember how much better “Star Trek” got after Rick Berman hired Michael Piller, Ron Moore and Ira Behr for TNG’s third season??)

To (mostly) recap, here’s where the former Buffiverse writers have landed so far:

Jeff Bell (Joss Whedon’s co-writer on the spectacular just-aired “Angel” series finale) is headed to “Alias.”

Liz Craft & Sarah Fain (they scripted Hamilton’s introduction in the five-star “Underneath”) have been asked to join “The Shield.”

Steve DeKnight (he co-scripted the hilarious Italy-set “Angel” that aired two weeks ago) is headed to “Smallville.”

Jane Espenson (“Earshot,” “The Replacement,” “I Was Made To Love You”), who worked on both “The O.C.” and “Gilmore Girls” last year, is joining “Tru Calling.”

Drew Goddard (DeKnight’s co-writer on “The Girl in Question”) is headed to “Alias.”

Drew Z. Greenberg (“Him,” “The Killer in Me,” “Empty Places”), who was scripting “Smallville” last season, is joining “The O.C.”

Rebecca Rand Kirshner (“Help,” “Touched”), a "Freaks & Geeks" vet who was on “Las Vegas” this season, is joining “Gilmore Girls.”

Doug Petrie ("As You Were," "End of Days"), who worked on both "Tru Calling" and an aborted "Lost in Space" series for the WB this season, is said to be taking the year off from TV next season to work on movie projects (Petrie, some will recall, wrote "Harriet the Spy" and drafted an early screenplay for "The Fantastic Four").

Buffiverse mastermind Joss Whedon, who wrote more “Angel” teleplays this season than ever before, is directing the big-screen “Firefly” movie, “Serenity.”

If you, constant reader, have heard of any employment motion among the other Buffiverse writer-types, drop us a line. For this just-concluding season Tim Minear was at “Wonderfalls,” David Greenwalt at “Jake 2.0,” David Fury at “Angel,” Marti Noxon at (the still unaired Fox drama) “Still Life,” and Mere Smith at “Tarzan.”

I am – Hercules!!





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  • May 23, 2004, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Tru Calling is utter balls......

    by safe76

    ....if they had Harmony or Illyria running around in a low cut top maybe Angel would'nt have been cancelled. Or maybe they could have featured 5 minute sequences when one of the girls gets changed into something different for no real discernable reason other than the scriptwriter likes to stroke himself ala Alias. I know Angel is just a TV show, it just happens to be the best IMO - gutted.

  • May 23, 2004, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Doug Petrie also wrote the pilot for the "Lost In Space" remake

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    ...But he was fired from the project before the network had decided whether to pick up the pilot.

  • May 23, 2004, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Gilmore Girls was a better fit for her and Tru Calling is just p

    by Big Bad Clone

  • May 23, 2004, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Tru Calling needs to die already

    by IAmLegolas

    "Why won't you die?" - Austin Powers *** Can't believe crap like this and Enterprise get renewed and Angel/Firefly get the boot (yeah yeah, I know, a dead horse)

  • May 23, 2004, 11:27 a.m. CST

    yeah i'm gonna watch this....right

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    look i'm not getting attached to any non-animated shows on fox. i guarantee that tru calling will get canned. it only got a second season because fox didn't have a reality show to put on instead.

  • May 23, 2004, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Tru calling VS Charmed

    by zathras34

    Straight to the point. Tru calling a good show, it deserves to be on the air, Cause if Charmed (which is one of the worst shows on tv)gets to stay, then Tru calling,definatly gets to be on the air.... I always wanted to see Willow go to charmed and suck all the magic,and destroy all,even the house. Powers of 3 0....Willow complete devistation.."BORED NOW"

  • May 23, 2004, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Tru

    by Wildcarde1

    Look Tru Calling was kinda weak at the begining, but if you had watched all the way through it got MUCH better when the whole point of the show came across. The Two hour season finale may have been the best TV i watched all year(I know not saying much this year) the only other shows i really enjoyed this year were Angel, Smallville, and simpsons. Anywayyou should have stuck with it. It did start to remind me a little of Quantum Leap but it became a very solidly written and plotted show.

  • May 23, 2004, 1:39 p.m. CST

    I'll only watch this show if Eliza Dushku is bound and gagged on

    by Osmosis Jones

    Best bondage scene evah!

  • May 23, 2004, 2:52 p.m. CST

    of all the shows to use as a way to pretend Fox doesn't cancel e

    by Demosthenes2

    WHY????!!!!??!!!!?!?!? It's been a critical and ratings flop, I guess Fox just wisely wants to hold on to Dushku. Most of us have been waiting for the show's inevitable burn to free Dushku up for a Faith spinoff, which she might do since she's made it clear in interviews that she wants the steady employment of a TV show. Why did Espenson leave Gilmore Girls for that matter? That show was a much better match for her talents than Tru Calling, although Gilmore Girls did only give her two episodes to write this season... Ugh I can't even stand the name Tru Calling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 23, 2004, 2:57 p.m. CST

    oh yah forgot to mention that Fox should've stuck with Wonderfal

    by Demosthenes2

    It probably couldn't have been too good but Fury deserves the work already.

  • May 23, 2004, 4:53 p.m. CST

    tonight it shows

    by enohpisit

    gimme back the only americana tv show that evva counted. gimme that shit on dvd. it was called: DREAM ON...it dont gonna post any americana pop culture fuck, before i aint got that DVD. screw all of you americans. gimme that dvd. gimme that. that you gimme. then i am happy. just saw that doof dulgren flick "dark angel" that remembered me thoughts. gimme "dream on" or DIE. DIE. please?

  • May 23, 2004, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Tru is the worst show on tv and JE can't save it

    by purduefan

    Espenson writing for Tru makes no sense. She's a lighthearted writer. So now we're going to get the typical Tru crap mixed with humor - that's Doublemeat Palace. Just cancel it now.

  • May 23, 2004, 7:38 p.m. CST

    It's Getting Better!!!

    by The Paladin

    I have to agree with Wildcarde1. Tru really did get much better as the season went on. I know it is not at the same level as Buffy or Angel, and will never be, but at this point it is actually not bad now that Tru has an arch enemy; Jason Priestly, who has the same ability to relive days, but does not want to save people. It really does have a chance to develop into something interesting. Not a Buffyverse replacement, but still almost worth watching. ------------------ ---------------------------------- Next year though, I will be watching The Shield (as of now, the best show on TV), Alias, 24, and Tru Calling. I will probably give Lost, and some of Herc's other shows a chance though...

  • May 23, 2004, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Jane Espenson should get her own show

    by GypsyTRobot

    She's damn funny, wish she weren't being foisted off on these girly girl shows that don't deserve her talent.

  • May 24, 2004, 1 a.m. CST

    They should change the name of this part of the site...

    by Key_Card

    to "Everything about a show that is no longer on the air" Am I the only one tired of all the Buffy crap on this site? I realize and accept the fact that Herc has some strange infatuation with Joss Whedon (who is incredibly overrated and can't write anything outside the Buffyverse) but come on. The show has been off the air for 2 years now and now that Angel (a far better show in regards to story, dialogue, and cast) is gone do we really need to see how we can work the Buffy connection into everything? It's like watching a local newscast that always looks for the local connection in everything. Don't be surprised if in the near future you see Herc put up a story that says "Jonathan Silverman has a new TV show. Now I know everyone thinks all of his past shows sucked, but he is a big Buffy fan and one talked to the master Joss Whedon himself. That give me hope the show will be darn good and is worth checking out." Mark my words.

  • May 24, 2004, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Enohpisit, can you repeat?

    by IAmJacksUserID

    My tard-to-normal translator is on the fritz again from working overtime on this talkback.

  • May 24, 2004, 3:55 a.m. CST

    The problem is that Tru Calling sucks in premise....

    by sTalking_Goat

    I mena the whole Early Edition thing has been done. Jane would have to retool the entire show to make it as far from Early Edition as Dead like Me is from Touched by an Angel. I'm not saying it can't be done, but Jane alone can't do it.

  • May 24, 2004, 3:59 a.m. CST

    yeah, anyone know what the hell Enohpisit is talking about?

    by sTalking_Goat

    shit. i can usually sniff out what the crazies are ranting about...but that was way over my head.

  • May 24, 2004, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Okay, I'm with you guys. What the hell is he talking about?

    by Key_Card

    tell me or DIE DIE. Just tell me.

  • May 25, 2004, 1:07 a.m. CST

    I don't mind these articles about the Buffyverse....

    by Jimmy Jazz

    Is there anything on TV even worth discussing? 24 and The Shield, That's about it. I don't count HBO stuff because there IS NO WAY IN HELL I am paying 60 extra bucks a month for a digital package I don't need to get one channel. WOuld you prefer a talkback on The Swan? Perhaps you are chomping at the bit to discuss the ending of that "American Karaoke" horseshit? Face it, the pickings are few and far between.

  • May 25, 2004, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Dream On

    by Imagikafan

    I think enohpisit is referring to the HBO comedy "Dream On" (which was a damn funny show).

  • May 25, 2004, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I'm not against discussing Buffy...

    by Key_Card

    I just find it funny that almost every story posted in the last week has something to do with where the writers have moved on to. No discussion about the actual show, or even the Buffyverse for that matter, just discussion about the employment of these writers on these "shitty" shows. Do a search on google and you will find a multitude of message boards to discuss Buffy. this is supposed to be about new and current television. Nothing currently being done by "the infallible" Joss Whedon qualifies.

  • May 25, 2004, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I'm not against discussing Buffy...

    by Key_Card

    I just find it funny that almost every story posted in the last week has something to do with where the writers have moved on to. No discussion about the actual show, or even the Buffyverse for that matter, just discussion about the employment of these writers on these "shitty" shows. Do a search on google and you will find a multitude of message boards to discuss Buffy. this is supposed to be about new and current television. Nothing currently being done by "the infallible" Joss Whedon qualifies.

  • May 25, 2004, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Herc..

    by Thalya

    Thanks for keeping track of these writers. I, for one, appreciate it and hope that you might do future articles like this, maybe annually or semi-annually. Too bad Tru couldn't be the Jane and Doug show though. They did some good eps together while on Buffy, and the two of them could really Buffy-ize the writing staff and improve the show. There's potential with the forming mythology, but the writing still needs to come up a notch or two.