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From Syfyportal.com

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

BTVS To End Run

By Michael Hinman

Friday 31 January 2003, by Webmaster

A source close to Fox Television, which produces "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" for UPN, has told SyFy Portal that the Joss Whedon show will not return for an eighth season on the network.

"There is a whole different attitude at UPN right now, and it’s not the same attitude that first brought ’Buffy’ to the network in the first place," the source said. "(Les) Moonves wants ratings winners, and nothing else. It is believed around here that if Moonves had been running UPN two years ago, ’Buffy’ never would’ve been there in the first place."

The possible cancellation of the series has been looming for some time, especially when the series first came to UPN and didn’t perform ratings-wise as expected. With the talk of star Sarah Michelle Gellar leaving the show, and possibly a higher demand per episode from Fox and Mutant Enemy productions, the source said that all those factors simply didn’t make "Buffy" a viable franchise to continue.

"(The show) was great, and I don’t think anyone regrets moving it to UPN, but there just isn’t any life to it left on television, and it seems nothing is set in stone over there (at UPN)."

The source hinted that shows like "Enterprise" could also be facing an uncertain future if ratings don’t begin to turn around, although it would be more likely that shows like "Twilight Zone" and other poorer performers would be axed first.

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer," a reimagining of the franchise based on the 1992 movie, originally premiered on The WB network in 1997, becoming an instant hit. In 2000, the show made the jump over to UPN, but did not pull in the ratings the show was expecting.

Since then, while still finishing strong in the ratings, numbers have remained below expectations, and it’s been difficult for UPN to justify the more than $2 million per episode it pays Fox for the series.

With sagging ratings, the producers did try to eliminate some of the darkness that has made spinoff "Angel" popular on the WB beginning this current season — even putting Buffy (Gellar) back in Sunnydale High — but the ratings have not been there for the show.

Please note that none of this has been confirmed by Fox or Paramount, and should be treated as any other rumor would.