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PaleyFest: More Goodies from the Buffy Reunion

Earlier today, I told you about some of the greatest moments from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion at the Paley Festival in Los Angeles. There were so many good moments (and a few awkward ones) that they couldn't fit in one post, so here are a few more of the highlights:

  • Please, everyone, do me a favor. If ever you get a chance to ask a question at a panel like this, don't make it "Could you all tell me your favorite movies and what's on your iPod?" That's how the Q&A started, and it definitely sucked some energy out of the room. The panel played along gamely (Sarah Michelle Gellar's favorite: South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut), but at some point, moderator Matt Roush interrupted to ask if we could please have a question that was actually about Buffy.
  • One of the most awkward moments came when a fan asked Amber Benson to explain why she'd decided to leave the show. She initially tried getting out of it with a joke ("I was having sex with Marlon Brando . . . "), then fumbled around and blamed it on scheduling and availability, and finally turned it around to say that the important thing was the Tara and Willow relationship.
  • Speaking of which, the only time Joss Whedon ever threatened to quit was when his bosses asked him if he could maybe not show the Tara/Willow kiss.
  • Also, Whedon apparently liked to take people for walks and tell them they were fired, and then say "ha, just kidding!"

Some more — including the chances of a Buffy movie or Broadway show — plus a video clip from the panel if you


  • Emma Caulfield hd one of the night's funniest moments when she told the story of a fan asking her what she was thinking about during Anya's monologue from "The Body." She said she'd told the fan the truth — that she was really hungry and had to pee — and then realized she'd pulled an Anya, talking without thinking.
  • Whedon said he's spent time daydreaming about taking a Buffy musical — not "Once More, With Feeling" but a different Buffy musical story — to Broadway, but at the moment those are just dreams. When asked for a show of hands for who would join him, almost everyone on stage volunteered — except Gellar, who emphatically shook her head no.
  • Gellar admitted that season six, which made Buffy less kick-ass and more mopey, was hard for her because she'd always looked up to her character and wanted her to be strong. Whedon said he once said to Marti Noxon, "Buffy's been gone for too long," and they started to pull her out of the rabbit hole.
  • In terms of a movie someday, Whedon didn't dismiss the possibility but said the stars would all have to align for the right people to be available for the right project. That said, he said working with the cast again would be "really cool."
  • Random fun fact: Noxon's brother is the music supervisor of Weeds and is married to that show's creator, Jenji Kohan. Fun family!
  • Whedon was actually a little late to the panel because he was filming his Web musical, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Gellar is getting ready to start filming the indie film Veronika Decides to Die, James Marsters is filming Dragonball and is still appearing on Smallville and Torchwood, and Benson is writing a series of young-adult fantasy novels.

Here are some of the goodies in video form:

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croweincali croweincali 9 years
Hey All! Im a serious buffy fan who has been going through withdrawal ever since it went off the air! The only show I have really found since is THE GHOST WHISPERER. It's on fridays and I totally get the same vibe that I did when I saw Buffy. It rocks! But there has to be more! What are these shows and where can I watch them?!
+1, WhiplashGirlchild! I totally agree. Even that little video made me feel all funny... :')
VanillaSilje VanillaSilje 9 years
Whedon for president!
Hex Hex 9 years
I wish I could've been there. I'm shocked Sarah was there she always seemed to avoid panels and cons. Any chance there will be a dvd of the whole thing?
EllaDee EllaDee 9 years
Thanks for the great coverage.
katra12 katra12 9 years
I am also such a huge fan of the show-- thanks for posting this! I feel inspired to go break out the DVDs now.
esmerb esmerb 9 years
This is incredible! Thanks Buzz!
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 9 years
Thanks so much for the recaps...I've been so excited about this reunion and can never get enough of this cast (or this show!) All hail Joss!
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 9 years
I loved BtVS so much. I've yet to find another show that I so passionately, insanely, love.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Thanks, Buzz. This is really great stuff! Looking forward to more updates from LA.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
heather13 — someone chimed in that based on the comic, maybe it was Willow, which kicked off a whole conversation about how the cast hadn't realized what happened in the comics. But before that, SMG kind of laughed and pointed at Marsters and said "He's sitting right here!"
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I really miss BTVS and Angel. I discovered about two seasons before they ended and I was really disappointed that the ended. I still watch the early morning reruns on TNT. And I understand that at Paley they talked about my all time favorite and most heartbreaking BTVS episode - The Body. That episode just rips me to shreds because I went through the same thing as Buffy except for the vampires. They captured that confused, lost, numb feeling perfectly. I always thought SMGP should have been nominated for an EMMY for that episode.
heather13 heather13 9 years
This is fantastic. Thanks, Buzz! I heard that someone asked SMG to pick between Spike or Angel - was that question answered? I would love to know!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I think that if I had been there, I'd have gotten all emotional and started to cry. And I'm only half kidding! :rotfl:
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