'Buffy' revival a possibility, but only with creator Joss Whedon

14 March, 2018, 02:49 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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Fox Chairman and CEO Gary Newman was interviewed this morning at the INTV conference in Jerusalem and made a statement that will please all you Buffy fans out there. He called it "the most ripe show we have for bringing back". But only when show creator Joss Whedon decides the time is right. But in the age of a million revivals and reboots, even the slayer of the undead could end up resurrected.

"Joss Whedon is really one of the greatest creators we ever worked with", he said. With numerous television shows getting the reboot treatment, including other supernatural hits like Charmed and Roswell, a Buffy reboot would definitely be a welcome addition to any network lineup.

Newman, while saying that revivals obviously have a bigger initial draw than original programming, said Buffy was always at the top of the stack. "When Joss decides it's time, we'll do it". Whedon has made a return to the series in a way; he has been confirmed as co-writer of the upcoming season of the comic book series that picked up where the television series left off.

This is interesting insight into the origin of a TV reboot, which, at least at Fox, seems to stem from the creator more than an executive's insight about what might work in today's media climate (although that second factor is surely also taken into account).

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If Buffy did make a comeback, it wouldn't be the only classic Fox show to do so. However, the network has built up a reputation for bringing back their successful series. There are several Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcasts like "Buffering" or "Buffy Talk". Admittedly, we chased The X-Files for a while. "I'm sure the fans are incredibly disappointed to hear that answer, but I think they'd be more disappointed if we created something and it didn't live up to the expectation because the expectation is so incredibly high". It wouldn't be like, 'I can't believe we're still in high school!

Whedon had once looked at continuing the story as a movie, but news on a Buffy revival has so far been confined to comics and novels. You can see everything from Jessica Jones to Teen Wolf taking its cues from Buffy.

So would the Buffy fanbase be up for a revival?


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