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Buffy The Vampire Slayer

"Buffy" Brain Drained

By Kimberly Potts

Wednesday 27 October 2004, by Webmaster

Buffy Summers and her boyfriend Angel survived many a murderous enemy in their TV days.

But their tube papa, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel series creator Josh Whedon, is ending is tube career partly because of a more obnoxious demon: the continuing glut of reality shows popping up on TV’s airwaves.

Whedon, who has also written big-screen projects like Toy Story and Alien: Resurrection, asked 20th Century Fox TV to let him end his multiyear deal to develop projects for the studio, Variety reports, and Whedon cites unscripted tube fare as one of his reasons.

"I have a bitter taste in my mouth with where TV has gone in the past five years," he told Variety, labeling the reality TV craze "loathsome."

Whedon, who ends his deal with Fox with more than a year left on his contract, also admits he’s booking some personal time for the upcoming birth of his second child, and that, for now, he’s simply run out of ideas for new shows.

"I spent a lot of time trying to think what my next series would be," Whedon said. "I couldn’t think of anything. When that happens, it generally means something is just not working. I didn’t feel like I could come up with anything that the networks would want."

Fox honcho Dana Walden, who agreed to let Whedon prematurely end his deal, said, "Hopefully, sooner rather than later, he’ll have an inspired TV idea that he can’t help himself from doing. We’re just glad that when he decides to do TV again, it will be with us."

The scribe, who will continue to operate his Mutant Enemy TV production company sans staff, is choosing to focus on his movie career instead. Whedon has brushed off rumors that he will replace Bryan Singer as director of the upcoming X-Men 3, but Serenity, his big-screen adaptation of his own short-lived, 2002-03 Fox sci-fi drama Firefly, is in post-production and set for a spring 2005 release.

The news of his TV departure probably does mean a big dose of disappointment for fans of the Buffy universe, however. An animated Buffy series is still in development for next year, but several Buffy and Angel made-for-TV movie projects, which were rumored to focus on the supporting cast members instead of the leads, will most likely languish in fan fiction fantasies while Whedon banishes himself from TV land.

Meanwhile, the former Roseanne writer, whose father and grandfather were also successful sitcom TV writers, hasn’t totally ruled out an eventual return to the tube.

"My career has always gone through phases of swelling and shrinking," Whedon said. "It’s just a different phase, but this is hopefully not the end of my TV career. There are a lot of people I won’t be working with that I will miss."

2 Forum messages

  • > "Buffy" Brain Drained

    27 October 2004 22:41, by vidimus
    Isn’t it Joss like in "Joss Whedon" ?

    See online : http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0...

  • > "Buffy" Brain Drained

    28 October 2004 07:03, by theKaiser
    You’d think so, but you see, most of Hollywood has apparently set us straight after 8 years of hit TV and numerous distinctions - Joss Whedon just must face up to the fact that his name isn’t actually Joss like he’s always claimed, but Josh. Interview after interview keeps getting it wrong.