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I am – Hercules!!

The good news? According to one completely reliable source, “thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean, pretty pictures of Buffy and Sunnydale are being drawn by the thousands.” The slightly less good news? “Buffy: The Animated Series” still doesn’t technically have a greenlight. The activity is on behalf of a pilot-y “short presentation” being engineered by Fox and Mutant Enemy, featuring the vocal talent of Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head and others, that will soon be unveiled to a multitude of “extremely interested parties.” Have you seen the number of cable channels out there? For those new to the site, “Buffy: The Animated Series” will deal with the slayer’s Sophomore year at Sunnydale High – as re-created by the monk-types who hatched Dawny Summers. Jane Espenson, mammothly talented writer of many live-action “Buffy” ‘sodes, has already penned scripts for three cartoon episodes. How cool is that??

The terribly impressive Chiwetel Ejiofor, of “Amistad” and “Dirty Pretty Things” fame, will interact with Mal, Zoe, Book, Kaylee, Jayne, Inara, River, Simon and/or Wash, according to those terribly familiar with the Universal motion picture “Serenity.” “He's very, very cool and plays an unexpected role in things,” notes someone! Note please there are still several other significant roles to be cast for this big-screen sequel to the woefully short-lived TV series "Firefly."

Get your hinder to a comic book store already!! The first issue of “Astonishing X-Men,” written by Joss Whedon, hit the stands today. Whedon, for the many who never heard of the guy, authored every issue of the quite wonderful comic book series “Fray.” This is not the first time Whedon has written for Marvel Comics characters; some will recall he polished up the movies’ “X-Men” script.

I don’t think they’re making new ones. But you’d never know by switching on the set. Or by attending this presentation of 190 (!) academic papers on the series about “little miss likes-to-fight.” (This sort of thing almost never happens to “Walker: Texas Ranger.”) “Buffy” also made the cover of TV Guide this week, and its sixth season came out on DVD Tuesday.

Wonder no longer! Series overseer Tim Minear is telling people a big-deal “Wonderfalls” DVD seems to be in the works, and could be on shelves before year’s end. One suspects it will sell well! The “Firefly” DVD sold like a mofo, and it only had three unaired eps; the “Wonderfalls” DVD could have as many as nine. But no one seems to be ruling out all 13 episodes airing somewhere. And no one yet seems to be ruling out the series resuming production!

Over in blighty, an article in The Mirror indicates that the approaching Eccleston-anchored 13-episode “Dr. Who” series will see the tardis-toting timelord battling updated daleks and waxy replicants. Other sources tell us Who’s hottie assistant will be played this time around by Billie Piper. She’s pretty!

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  • May 27, 2004, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Give some some Buffy...ANY BUFFY!

    by Wookman1923

    Just finished watching Angel Finale a week late...but hopefully the Buffy Animated show will give us a fix until Mr Whedon finishes Serenity; and gets to work on the all important Buffy/Angel Movie.

  • May 27, 2004, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Billie Piper indeed.....

    by proper

    I chuckled when i heard that.Why does Billie want to travel with Dr Who? A=coz she wants too(U.S. goes huh UK goes groan,everybody boos and reaches for their shooters.ok thats done sorry).Billie= 21st century Bonnie Langford(nothing personal Billie but you know it's true)...

  • May 27, 2004, 3:35 a.m. CST

    The Mirror = Bullshit Central

    by TheSecondEvil

    I was already doubting this dumbass wax idea when I heard it was reported in The Daily Record, the fact The Mirror report mentions that updated versions of the Daleks will be used means that it must be bullshit. With the rights to the Daleks tied up in the Terry Nation estate there is no way that the Daleks would be a part of this new series without a major press release from the BBC first. In fact their cult website would be the first to report it. Regarding Billie Piper I think she was capable in The Canterbury Tales and it could have been a lot worse. I reckon Russell T. Davies knows what he's doing.

  • May 27, 2004, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Regarding the Daleks...

    by Charlie & Tex

    We know somebody who works in a UK-based CG company and guess what he has been working on recently...? They supposedly look great, btw.

  • May 27, 2004, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Because the BBC want to!

    by The Fatman

    It really will be Billie as the Doctor's new assistant - the BBC website confirms it: I though it was nonsense too, but she's been acting in a couple of dramas recently and had some good reviews - especially for the Chaucer remake thing the BBC did. So maybe she'll surprise us.

  • May 27, 2004, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Dark Angel was a decent show. Any chance of a comback?

    by phatboi560

    Just watched all of Dark Angel as I got the 2 seasons cheap on DvD. Never watched it on TV because I was sure I'd be rubbish but it really wasn't. Any chance of a comeback?

  • May 27, 2004, 10:04 a.m. CST

    My essay: "Buffy" was a Yuppie "white flight" fantasy...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Only, instead of fleeing from their whitebread corny community further into the suburbs, they chose to FIGHT BACK against the encroaching minority of Vampires, who represent every white ignoramuses worst fears about blacks, hispanics, asians, etc. Viewed in that light, Buffy is a one-person KKK out to "purify" this community once more...But then again, I think the Federation is a Marxist utopian projection, and the Star Wars prequel trilogy is just "The Watermelon Man", writ large...think about it: Anakin starts out white and turns into a black guy...

  • May 27, 2004, 5:57 p.m. CST

    For all Doctor Who news:

    by Declan_Swartz

  • May 28, 2004, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Astonishing X-Men hit the spot; and the Buffy cartoon sounds pro

    by atomheartbrother

    but what's this i heard about whedon asking dark horse to resurrect the comic book series to continue the buffyverse? at least it would fill in the blanks in our beloved mythology, now that it appears it's gone global. and let's here it for jane espensen. for writing for this fledgling cartoon lifeline i say: rock on black magic woman.

  • May 28, 2004, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Time to pay the Piper!

    by SpyGuy

    Hey, you know someone's going to use that cheesy headline somewhere someday. Billie Piper certainly looks hot enough, so as long as Rose doesn't become a screamer like Melanie Bush, I'm cool with her. And hey, ASTONISHING X-MEN was pretty darn astonishing. More so for the great John Cassaday work, but Joss Whedon has remade Kitty Pryde as the next Buffy Summers, the Beast as the next Giles and Emma Frost as the next Anya. Can't wait for issue #2! Oh, and R.I.P., R.B...

  • May 28, 2004, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by rev_skarekroe

    Naw, here's how is works out. Cyclops is Buffy (the last-few-seasons-big-speeches-leader-Buffy), Kitty is Willow (cute, insecure, prone to saying mildy witty things), Wolverine is Spike (cool, cynical about the whole thing), Beast is Giles (dry, intellectual) and Anya is Cordelia (conceited, sarcastic). The first issue was great, but I'm a little concerned that some of it may be a little TOO Buffy-like (I'm thinking of the wisecracking villain here). Still, it's probably way too soon to say for sure. sk

  • May 28, 2004, 11:25 a.m. CST

    realy like Astonishing

    by AlgertMopper

    realy liked his X-Men, and that's comicg from someone who HATES buffy, angel, and firefly. Glad i kept open ming toward this book

  • May 29, 2004, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Exterminate UKP250,000

    by Lord Vorcampbel

    The rights to the Daleks have been sorted. The BBC have paid the estate of Terry Nation a whopping quarter of a million pounds. So, lets get down to some CGI exterminating action.

  • May 30, 2004, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Hey now! Why doesn't Whedon do that bloody Ripper series for the

    by atomheartbrother

    come on now guy, if the american tv market is wallowing in it's own filth why not do it for a market this is receptive to this sort of material and have it broadcast over this thing they call satelite tv like radio free europe? shit man, looking at my office and neverwhere dvds a season of ripper (focusing on our favorite watcher while perhaps expanding the buffy continuity ) would only have to run maybe 3-4 hours, which could fit into your movie / comics writing schedule. maybe it's because i'm a bit fried and watching one of my season 6 dvds, namely "flooded," and it's even more likely that i'm still in denial over angel, but nonetheless this should be your next thing whedon. think about it: the first true transatlantic tv show! booyah!

  • June 1, 2004, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Newsflash: Richard Biggs still dead and TheRegent still banned f

    by TheRegentsKeeper

  • June 2, 2004, 11:28 a.m. CST

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    by webrageous

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