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BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER’s Sarah Michelle Gellar Returning To CW (Kind Of) For RINGER!!

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The WB and UPN were the homes to “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” for seven seasons. Now that they’ve merged to form The CW, The CW has greenlit “Buffy” star Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new pilot to series.

The slightly weird thing about about “Ringer,” a thriller about twins and murder from writer-producers Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder (“Supernatural”), is until about 10 minutes ago it was a CBS pilot. (The CW is co-owned by CBS and Time Warner.)

Presumably CBS didn’t have enough room on its schedule while most of the pilots made for the CW were as lame as last year’s crop.

By the way, don't expect Gellar to have anything to do with the big-screen "Buffy" remake that's being developed. “It was a movie, it’s been made. It stars Kristy Swanson, they made it. They don’t need to make another one,” she told CNN earlier this month.  “I think it’s a horrible idea, to try to do a Buffy without Joss Whedon.”


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  • May 13, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Nice pic.


  • May 13, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Much better fit for the show, imo.

    by buffywrestling

    Kinda of a goofy, over the top premise. Don't have to worry about ratings much either, really.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Nice pic.

    by IAmTommyWiseau

  • May 13, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    SMG should feel majorly double-crossed.

    by Paul

    She went into this thing thinking it would be on the #1 primetime network. Now she's back where she was, on the CW, a NINO (network in name only). What a crock of horseshit this switcheroo is.

  • ABC Studios, the production company behind this series, is now saying they can't afford to make it for The CW. (They expected to make this for CBS, which would have recouped them more money upfront.)

  • May 13, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    That quote from SMG about Buffy is surprising

    by Bass Ackwards

    Both for it's candor about it being a horrible idea (most would want to avoid burning possible bridges and just be diplomatic I think), but also the support she shows for Whedon. I had the impression she left the show as not the biggest Buffy or Whedon fan.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    prof. pop-cult

    by Rob0729

    They'll just recast it with a bunch of generic looking fashion model type 20 somethings just like most of The CW shows have.

  • When Mark Pedowitz, new CW president, was the former boss of ABC Studios. No issues whatsoever with the "economics of the CW" when they co-produced Reaper. Welcome back to TV, SMG. Taking it up the ass. Shame, CBS. Shame.

  • May 13, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    SMG quote ain't that surprising

    by newc0253

    Maybe they didn't part on the best of terms but she worked with the guy for seven years as the star of his biggest show.<p> She knows probably better than anyone how how essential Whedon was to the show and how pointless it would be to do a version without him.<p>

  • May 13, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Whedon, SMG and the cast of BtVS

    by buffywrestling

    were at a Paley event, what, two, three years ago? Charisma was there as well. I think that fully put to bed any of those rumours that there was hard feelings between Joss' ill-times "diva" comments & the cast. The only person who thinks a Buffy reboot is a good idea is @WhitAnd , the newbie writer who they have penning the script & who I occasionally drunk troll on twitter.

  • May 13, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    I could, I would..

    by DarthChimay

    with Buffy Gellar. I would do it in a boat... I would do it on a goat...

  • May 13, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    If I had to choose

    by Truxton Spangler

    I'd take Nikita over this. Last night's finale was actually quite juicy and I'd like to see where it goes. They'd better not fuck it up.

  • May 13, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    You know what else didn't last as long as Smallville?

    by buffywrestling

    George Bush's Presidency. Disco. The peanut butter & jelly sandwich your Mom made for your lunch this morning. FACT.

  • May 13, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    This comes from the industry trade

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    "UPDATE: I hear ABC Studios, which co-produced the pilot for Ringer with CBS Studios, is pulling out, citing that it cannot produce a series for the economics of the CW. This is ironic, as CW's new president Mark Pedowitz is the former head of ABC Studios. Under him, ABC Studios produced the CW series Reaper." <p><p>

  • There, I said it. How about this, re: cconn99's comment. Does Gellar have a legitimate case for pulling out of the show? She signed up for it thinking that it would air on CBS, the #1 Nielsen-rated primetime network. CBS greenlights the pilot a few months ago and is filmed. Then, today, CBS pulls out of the arrangement and sends the show off to the #5 rated network, which would mean a much less audience viewership, rating, share, etc. You could say CBS breached their end of the contract by exiling it to the CW.

  • I got a boner.

  • May 13, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Concerning Joss Whedon

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    Yes, he has some talent. Yes, I enjoyed BtVS and some episodes of Angel. However, the Serenity series was awful. The Serenity movie was overhyped claptrap. Obviously, Whedon inspired/written shows are hit and miss. The guy is not a consistently top-level writer. As for Sarah Michelle Gellar, she was superb on Buffy. But, let's be honest, she's no Kristin Kreuk. There are very few actresses who could measure up to KK's brilliance.

  • May 13, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Calling it "The Serenity Series"

    by buffywrestling

    Doesn't do a lot for my trust levels to value your opinion.

  • May 13, 2011, 11:19 p.m. CST

    the above post is from bizarro world!!!

    by oisin5199

    where Firefly wasn't the most amazing series ever to be cancelled and Kristin Kreuk is somehow a better actress than Sarah Michelle Gellar.

  • May 14, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Hey show runners

    by Xiphos_2

    Here's a free idea if you genius haven't already thought of it. Try to cram as many actors from the Buffyverse as you can get to guest star on your show in the first 10-12 episodes. It will artificially raise ratings and Herc will PIMP your show twice as hard as he was already planning on pimping it. Faith and what's her face, the implants, from Veronica Mars have a lot of free time so they will jump at the chance to work that isn't in porn. So would the fat kid, the demon chick that digs anal, the other dyke since red headed lezzie is working she's out, that nobody Riley, Wesley but he's probably playing Mr. Mom since his old lady the red headed rug muncher is working. What's up with Spike and Giles the best characters from the show? I reckon they got to get paid so they'll take a role in a New york minute. There you go I just got you a second season pick up.

  • May 14, 2011, 2:54 a.m. CST

    SMG on TV?

    by FloristGump

    hold on,I know it was about 8 years or so since Buffy finished but didn't SMG leave TV behind for good to focus on her movie career? And weren't all BtVS fans left with the distinct impression that while most of the cast would works their schedules to fit in a Buffyverse project out of respect for the fans who'd shown such loyalty and love to them and their characters for 7+ years, SMG wouldn't cancel a trip to the hairdressers. Paleyfest came across (to me at least) as a PR stunt to get back some Buffster respect for SMG. And her dig at the new movie (which I agree is a HORRIBLE idea, awful) is a blindside as well She couldn't give a toss if it was Joss (who really DID go on to have a movie career) making it or not, she's burnt that there's a Buffy project without SMG in it. Sad thing is, she's absolutely right. Buffy without SMG isn't Buffy, which makes it so sad that she's been so aloof to it all these years since season 7 and so frustrating that she's now decided to 'slum it' again on the gogglebox when the Buffy boat has sailed. After all, is typecasting really THAT bad? regular paycheck, name and face recognition, FHM every 18 months or so and your husband doesn't have to write episodes of RAW to pay the rent...

  • May 14, 2011, 4:33 a.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

    Buffy is nothing without Whedon & crew. In fact, I could see Kaley Cuoco from teh Big Bang Theory *easily* slide into the lead actress role for the part. But it's the behind the scenes; the writers and the Whedonish glob that got everyone together, wasn't it? Otherwise, you are looking at a pale vamp like imitation that's corspsy and not at all attractive. True Blood, Vamp Diaries...looking at you.

  • May 14, 2011, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Sorry! I watch one Spike-centric episode

    by buffywrestling

    maybe a couple of Ricky Gevais "Extras", bit of Python, and I'm all Brit speak. PS: Spike: Oh, listen to Mary Poppins. He's got his crust all stiff and upper with that nancy-boy accent. You Englishmen are always so- Bloody hell! Sodding, blimey, shagging, knickers, bollocks, oh God! I'm English! Giles:Welcome to the nancy tribe.

  • May 14, 2011, 4:48 a.m. CST

    If Xiphos wasn't defending his country,

    by buffywrestling

    and the Jason Statham of Talkbacks, I would give him SUCH a spanking.

  • May 14, 2011, 5:27 a.m. CST

    I'm always up for a good SPANKING

    by Xiphos_2

    Bring it BW!

  • May 14, 2011, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Oh, I'll bring it!

    by buffywrestling

    A dozen of spankings! A BAKER'S dozen! [So many spankings.]

  • May 14, 2011, 6:12 a.m. CST

    I expect no less Buffy

    by Xiphos_2

    From a consummate Professional such as yourself.

  • May 14, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST

    I miss curvy, late-90's SMG

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    She's falled prey to Hollywood Anorexia in a big way since Buffy went off the air.

  • May 14, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST

    The downfall of the strength of storylines on BtVS

    by buffywrestling

    was equal to the amount of weight SMG lost per season. That could totally be a decieding factor if your are completely mental. [That wasn't a slight to anyone; I just had to nip the retardedness in the bud. Like an abortion.]

  • May 14, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Who's the bimbo withthe BIG Honker?

    by FrodoFraggins

  • May 14, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST


    by JacksParasites

    As much as I love the cast and their characters, the only irreplaceable element to Buffy is Joss. If Joss were to reboot Buffy as a series or film and build a brand new cast, people would be disappointed but ultimately would get on board. But no Joss, no Buffy. It's that simple. The audience knows it and the series cast knows it. And I hope fans organize massive boycotts of this project to teach the suits a lesson.

  • May 14, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Hey fella, I bet you're still livin' in your parents' cellar

    by quintana007

    downloadin' pictures of Sarah Michelle Gellar

  • May 15, 2011, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Odd news....

    by dasaroo

    ... since "Ringer" has appeared on many critics' "most likely to succeed" fall series lists. A cut above most of the crap dramas to come.

  • May 15, 2011, 3:17 a.m. CST


    by Brody77

    "she's no Kristin Kreuk. There are very few actresses who could measure up to KK's brilliance" Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha....heh. Sorry, had to get that out of my system. All I've ever seen her do is talk through constantly gritted teeth (ala erstwhile Scottish reporter Viv Lumsden) and act like a bitch. That's not exactly "brilliance". I'm not saying SMG is exactly Oscar worthy, but let's not kid ourselves, no matter how big a KK fan you are.

  • May 15, 2011, 6:34 a.m. CST

    brody77 - I am GREATLY offended by your dissing of Kristin Kreuk

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    How dare you?!! What in God's Green Earth were you thinking? Let's be honest: Ms. Kreuk is the finest actor of her generation. The emotive brilliance she displayed on Smallville was nothing less than breathtaking. Her unparalleled ability to bring her character to life should be a required case study for all future drama students. There isn't one single actor of her peer group that measures up to her incomparable talent. She was THE shining light on Smallville, and she owned each and every scene she was in. I dare say that no other actor could take an average movie like "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li" and turn it into one of the finest movies of the last decade. She really is that good at her craft. Brody77, you owe the inimitable Ms. Kreuk and her legions of fans a heartfelt apology, ASAP!

  • May 15, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Whoever thinks these bimbos are actors

    by quintana007

    should either get his first real girlfriend or stop watching anything that is remotely labelled as "movie"

  • May 15, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Ringer will probably last longer on CW than CBS

    by jon

    Let's face it, Ringer would probably be canceled after 3 episodes if it were to air on CBS. CW's is probably excited to have SMG. She's now the biggest name actress on the CW roster. "Ringer" could gain a strong fanbase because of fanboys from BTVS. P.S. Firefly/Serenity is the best thing Joss Wheadon has ever done apart from the first few seasons of BTVS.