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"There's a whole recipe for how to make a Buffy. Take one cup Sarah Connor from the first Terminator movie; one cup Ripley; three tablespoons of the younger sister in Night of the Comet; a few sprigs of A Little Princess (the book, not the movies); and a pinch of Jimmy Stewart for pain, because nobody does better pain. Bake those up. Once it's cool, add a little Rosalind Russell from His Girl Friday. All of this must be in a P.J.-Soles-in-Halloween crust. That's very important."
      ------  Joss Whedon

TRIVIA AND VIDEO

LARA plays the Buffy Theme on violin.

BUFFY AND THE COUNT?

In an interview with the Sunday Times in 2013, Gellar said that she would only reprise the character of Buffy Summers if she were to appear on SESAME STREET, which is her daughter Charlotte's favourite TV show. "I could share a scene with Elmo. I mean, I've worked with some great people – Andy Garcia, Forest Whitaker - but they're not Elmo", she said, noting that she would also be willing to share a scene with Count von Count. Gellar appeared on Sesame Street for the first time on 7 January 2014. She and Elmo discussed the word disapointed Video is available on YouTube.

ORPHAN BLACK BUFFY

Obcrack, (Los Angeles filmmakers in love with the BBC America show ORPHAN BLACK), have put together "Orphan Black opening credits, Buffy styled" (video below).

AMBER GROVE - FLAMING CHEERLEADER

Amber Grove (left) and stuntwoman Lisa Dempsey (right)

In Season One Episode Three, Buffy tries out for cheerleader and ends up saving Amber Grove, another cheerleading hopeful, from a fiery death. According to the Buffy Wiki, Grove was played by an "unknown actress". I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Grove was played by stuntwoman Lisa Dempsey, who was known to have worked on this episode. Dempsey is 1.6m tall, has brown hair and blue eyes, and lists "partial burns" as one of her specialties.

AMBER TAMBLYN - DAWN'S BEST FRIEND

Tamblyn (left) as Janice Penshaw in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Amber Tamblyn portrayed Dawn's best friend, Janice Penshaw. Penshaw is mentioned throughout Season Six, but she appears in only one episode (Season 6 Episode 6 which is the *Halloween episode for 2001). In that episode, she and Dawn tell their mothers they spending the night at each other's homes and then sneak out to with a couple of boys who turn out to be vampires. Dawn gets her first kiss and Janice is bitten. They are both rescued; Penshaw by Giles, and Dawn by Buffy and Spike. In Season 6 Episode 12 Dawn says that Janice's sister is a lawyer.

THE CAUSE OF ANGEL'S CURSE

Ginger Williams in BUFFY Episode 34

Ginger Williams, who played the girl whose death brought the gypsy curse on Angel (Buffy Episode #34), appeared on RINGER 14 November as the receptionist for Siobhan's shrink. She was also Clorissa in the 1999 film CRUEL INTENTIONS. Her BTVS appearance was also her acting debut.

PUTIN'S PUP

Vladimir Putin, Dima Sokolov, and the Bulgarian shepherd Buffy

Russian PM Vladimir Putin has renamed his new Bulgarian shepherd puppy Buffy, after a national contest to choose a new name for the dog. The Russians admit to no connection to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The name was chosen by a 5-year-old from Moscow, Dima Sokolov. Dima said the name was found on the internet with the help of his parents. The dog was previously known as Yorgo.

TWO CASTMEMBERS OF BUFFY WERE IN XENA

Left- Jennifer Sky as Amarice in XWP - right - as Heidie Barrie in BTVS

Musetta Vander as Natalie French Jennifer Sky was Heidi Barrie in Buffy Season One Episode Six (THE PACK) and (possessed by hyenas) was one of the group who ate Principal Flutie. Sky was also Amarice in 6 episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess.

And Musetta Vander was Ilainus in "Amphipolis Under Siege" (Xena episode 104). She was also Natalie French in "Teacher's Pet" (Episode 4 of BTVS).

MAYOR WILKINS OF SUNNYDALE
IN STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE

Harry Groener as Mayor Wilkins

In a whimsical moment, Harry Groener, the actor who played Mayor Richard Wilkins in 14 episodes of BTVS, was cast in the role of Nathan Samuels in the penultimate episode of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. The name of the episode was "DEMONS"

WHY CHINESE VAMPIRES (JIANG SHI) HOP

Jiang Shi In Chinese lore, the undead hop like bunnies, and appear in varying states of decay, depending on how long they were dead before returning to life. They fear their own reflection. They are called jiang shi, and their hoppiness most likely derives from the widespread practice in ancient China of transporting a corpse from his place of death to his hometown for burial. China being a big place even then, that often involved a journey of many hundreds of kilometers.

The bodies would often be carried home by a friend or family member. To make carrying the corpse easier, it was wrapped tightly in a shroud.

Before embalming became common, catalepsy sometimes caused people to be buried when they were not really dead. If the body were tightly wrapped, and a cataleptic "came back to life", hopping would be their natural form of locomotion, at least until they could figure out how to get themselves free of the shroud.

Buffy never got to China, although Spike did. Chinese vampires are never discussed in BTVS.

BUFFY'S MOM BEFORE BUFFY

This playlist has three TV ads with Kristine Sutherland, a 1985 ad for Diet Coke, a 2011 ad for Healthy Choice Frozen Dinners, and one from 1991 for Lipton Golden Saute.

Sutherland changed her name because there was another actor with the name Kristine Young. She took Sutherland from her cat, which was named Donald (after Donald Sutherland). The actor who precipitated the name change is now Kristine Young Gaffney and works as an editor for various reality shows. Her first TV role was as mystery writer Pamela Johns on REMINGTON STEELE.

BUFFY AND CHER

"Living Conditions", Season 4 Episode 2, deals primarily with Buffy's interaction with her demon-like roomie who plays the Cher song "Believe" repeatedly throughout the episode. Not really Buffy's music. Somehow this let to a Gellar appearance at a Cher press conference in New York. "Believe" was number one at the time, and Cher was the oldest person ever to have a number one single.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Cher at press conference in NYC in 1999 Cher and SMG

BUFFY THE UNAIRED PILOT

Riff Regan was Willow. She is now Director of Operations for a non-profit HIV/AIDS organization in Washington, D.C. Stephen Tobolowski, who was the principal in the MAD ABOUT YOU episode "Uncle Phil Goes Back to High School", played Principal Flutie.

KYLE'S LIMERICKS

Kyle Kallgren aka Oancitizen, a video reviewer on thatguywiththeglasses.com, has summarized each Buffy episode through Season 3 Episode 9 on Tumbler in a limerick. Below is an example (Season 1 Episode 1).

Kyle Kallgren
The two Summers women arrive
In a new town to start their new lives
Ones with no expulsions
And no gym explosions
(Let’s just hope that Buffy survives)

FIRST AND LAST LINES

The first line spoken by Buffy in episode one, season one was: "I'm up, mom." In the pilot, her first line (after correcting the Principal about her name twice) was: "Principal Flutie, I'm not here to cause trouble." The last word spoken by Buffy in the last episode of the series was "Spike". (In response to a question by Giles as to what caused the giant crater.)

BUFFY'S BIRTHDATE

Buffy birthday cake 2004 Buffy's birthday was celebrated each year (except for Season 7) in a mid-January episode. In the first-year birthday episode, Buffy's school records are displayed twice on a computer. In one view, we see that Buffy was born on 24 October 1980, and she is a sophomore. The second time we see the records, her birthday is 6 May 1979, and she is a senior. Clearly the records are in error. Joss Whedon asserted at one point that Buffy's birthday is 19 January 1981, but this is not borne out by other evidence.

The date is January 22, 1981, because in 1999, her eighteenth birthday fell on a Friday. As it is also known that Buffy's birthday is on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius, it must be January 22.

SPIKE'S CIGARETTES

Spike, who is not supposed to breathe, smokes cigarettes. He is either a demon or a human with delusions of vampirehood. He is clearly not an illusion, as is evidenced by his trail of cigarette butts.

WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
AN ANIMATED BUFFY SERIES

Voice Cast:
Giselle Loren Giselle Loren as 'Buffy Summers'
Alyson Hannigan as 'Willow Rosenberg'
Nicholas Brendon as 'Xander Harris'
Anthony Stewart Head as 'Rupert Giles'
Charisma Carpenter as 'Cordelia Chase'
Michelle Trachtenberg as 'Dawn Summers'
Kristine Sutherland as 'Joyce Summers'
Armin Shimerman as 'Principal Snyder'
David Boreanaz as 'Angel'


Alyson Hannigan in DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN (2016) Alyson Hannigan will be Esther Dunkel, a recurring character in the second season of PURE. Ester is a lapsed Mennonite who has been helping her lawyer boyfriend funnel a large amount of cash through a local bank. When the cops start closing in, she will attempt to engineer her own escape. The six-part Super Channel original production will tell the continuing story of Noah and Anna Funk, Mennonites trying to protect their family and preserve their faith while battling corruption within their community. Season Two of PURE will premiere on HULU early in 2019.

Abruptio DiirectorEvan Marlowe with cast members Carole Ruggier and  Kerry Findlayson James Marsters (Spike) will be the voice of Les Hackel, a guy down on his luck who wakes to find an explosive device has been implanted in his neck, in ABRUPTIO. Hackel must carry out heinous crimes in order to stay alive while trying to identify the mastermind manipulating him. Written and directed by Evan Marlowe, ABRUPTIO stars realistic, life-sized puppets, and is scheduled for release in The Netherlands on 28 March 2019. The film is raising money for production with a seed and spark page.

The 2018 San Diego Comic-Con will feature a "Buffy Vampire Hunt" through San Diego on Saturday, 21 July. Participants in the hunt will act as slayers who must locate various vampire nests across the Gaslamp District and throughout the San Diego Convention Center. At each location, prizes will be waiting, including Buffy Funko figures, posters, T-shirts, and comics. Those interested can sign up here.

Annabel Scholey, Fiona Button, Nicola Walker, and Anthony Head - The Split Asked about a Buffy reboot, Anthony Head (Giles) told Megan Davies of Digital Spy: "I think if [Whedon] could do the animated series that he originally wanted to do, that would be quite a good reboot. Because the comic book, they're in series 11, he's kept it going in comic books, but he backed off the TV." Head is Oscar in BBC One's new drama THE SPLIT, about a family of divorce lawyers. He will also be Lord Steyne in Gwyneth Hughes' adaptation of VANITY FAIR, which will debut on ITV later this year ahead of its U.S. premiere on Amazon Prime.

Buffy Earpers podcast art BUFFY EARPERS is a new podcast which is doing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer rewatch from the perspective of a fan of the SyFy series WYNONNA EARP (which show contains more than a few Buffy references). Episode two of the podcast came out on 10 November, and focses on Buffy episodes 1.1 through 1.4. Hosted by Kat Jensen and Kevin Bachelder, BUFFY EARPERS is avaialble on iTunes.

Charisma Carpenter appeared in Season 2 Epiaode 5 of the TV series LUCIFER as Jamie Lee Adrienne, an aging former Playmate, who is married to a fading star of action films. The episode aired on FOX on 24 October. Carpenter also appeared as Brianna Logan in episodes 3.15 and 3.17 of CHICAGO P.D. on NBC.

Emma Caulfield (Anya), was FBI agent Cameron Chase in episode 13 of SUPERGIRL. (See The Mary Sue for more details on the character.) Caulfield reprised her fole as the blind witch who tried to eat Hansel and Gretel in the ONCE UPON A TIME episode "Souls of the Departed"

Emma Caulfield as the blind witch in the gingerbread house Emma Caulfield - photo by Karri Bowman

A Place Among the Undead _ Juliet Landau -  poster Juliet Landau (Druscilla) is making the definitive vampire documentary, A PLACE AMONG THE UNDEAD, and she wants your help. She has launched an indegogo page to raise $300,000 to make the film a reality. Landau calls the film, which includes interviews with Tim Burton, Ann Rice, Joss Whedon, and many others a tapestry of interlinking narratives inspired by the conversations. Every interviewee, she says, shares stories that have never before been seen on film.

Landau is also The Black Matron in MUZZLED THE MUSICAL, a webseries currently in production. Muzzled is set in the Kingdom of Serenadia, where singing is power. With the right song, you can bring peace to the downtrodden, bake a delicious birthday cake, or kill. Hence, the Golden King has decreed all "Blackhearts" must bear the Muzzle: a magic tattoo that punishes those who try to sing.

Juliet Landau and James Marsters in THE BELLS OF WEST 87th Landau in Dark Hearts

In an article dated 5 August, DEN OF GEEK explains Why Buffy fans should watch Lost Girl. Here's an excerpt:

Lost Girl’s heroine, Bo (Anna Silk), obviously owes a lot to Buffy: she’s snarky, streetwise, and more than c omfortable with a weapon in her hand. They’ve even got similar fashion sense, if you squint a bit. Bo isn’t Buffy though. For one thing, she’s older; she’s been out of school and in the world for years when the show starts, and that makes a difference to the kinds of adventures she finds herself dragged into.

Bo (Anna Silk) of Lost Girl and Buffy

The Lost Girl podcast DRINKS AT THE DAL discussed the similarities and differences between Lost Girl's heroine Bo and Buffy Summers in an episode titled Half Pint: Bo vs Buffy.

A new book by Amber Benson, The Witches of Echo Park, is available in both Kindle edition and paperback. In the book, it seems that "unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated—and we will all pay if their power falls..."

Amber Benson (left) and Alexa Vachon in DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE Cover - The Witches of Echco Park

Benson will star along with Rosa Von Praunheim, Tim-Fabian Hoffman, and Chloé Griffin in the film DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE, which features performances by Nina Hagen, Sookee, and Peaches, and was released in Canada last August. The film explores artistic and marginalized life in Berlin, and is based on a true story, about a relationship between an American writer of Israeli/Palestinian descent and an aspiring Russian artist who works as a hustler, offering access to the city’s vibrant queer and underground scenes.

Anthony Head (Giles) will be Old Misha in the Cold War thriller DESPITE THE FALLING SNOW directed by Shamin Sharif, which was released last year.

Anthony Head with some of the cast of DESPITE THE FALLING SNOW DESPITE THE FALLING SNOW Producers Lisa Tchenguiz, Shanin Sharif, Hannan Kattan, and unidentified person

Toymaker Funko released their new Pop! vinyl collection of figures from Buffy the Vampire Slayer . The first figures to be released are Buffy, Willow, Xander, Angel, and Spike. Below, photo tweeted by cosplayer Ani-Mia with the Buffy toy.

Cosplayer Ani-Mia being staked by Buffy at San Diego Comic Con Funko Buffy Figures

The first use of the word 'google' on television was on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 7 Episode 4, in this sequence of dialog:
WILLOW: "Have you googled her yet?"
XANDER: "She's 17!"
WILLOW: "It's a search engine."

Erica Luttrell was the first Buffy castmember to appear on LOST GIRL. She was autograph seeker Kelly in the Buffy episode Superstar in 2000. She was Val Santiago in two LOST GIRL episodes.

Erica Luttrell as Karen in the Buffy episode SUPERSTAR Erica Luttrell as Val Santiago in LOST GIRL

On 31 July 2013, Sarah Michelle Gellar said this about appearing in a Buffy film: Joss and I always talk about [a movie]. But the thing with Buffy is that Buffy was a movie, and it ultimately didn’t work as a film. And I mean, we had such miles to overcome when we were trying to do a TV show based on a movie. And one of the reasons is that the story works better over time. If there was ever the right story, we would do it. At this point, the stake would be my walker and I would be hobbling in.

Natasha Lyonne looking vaguely Buffy-like Natasha Lyonne, Nicky Nichols on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, has said she once turned down a "high profile role" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Rachel Bilson (Potential Slayrer Colleen) appeared in the 200th episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. In a flashback, it was revealed how her character, Cindy, learned she was a lesbian. (She kisses The Mother, played by Cristin Milioti, who was her roomie at the time. See photo below.) Bilson appeared in two previous episodes of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHERBig Days and Girls vs Suits. Another potential slayer from Buffy Season 7 has recently worked with Alyson Hannigan. Dania Ramirez (Carida) is Trisha in AMERICAN REUNION, the fourth film in the American Pie series.

Rachel Bilson (right) kisses Cristin Miloti on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Rachel Bilson Dania Ramirez

According to PEOPLE MAGAZINE, Elizabeth Taylor and her great-grandson Finn McMurray watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer together.

Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald in KILLING KENNEDY Michelle Trachtenberg as Ashley in the film TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

Kristy Wu (Potential Slayer Chao-Ahn) is Sook in the 2012 film END OF WATCH, which stars Jake Gyllenhal, Michael Pena, and Anna Kendrick, and is about a couple of LA street cops being pursued by Mexican drug cartels. Wu is best known for her role as Genie in the film FACE (2002) in which she co-starred with Bai Ling.

Kristy Wu - photo by Noah Rosenthal Kristy Wu (left) as Janpan in THE MENATLIST

According to MOVIEHOLE, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos thinks that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is on the list of shows Netflix would possibly consider doing something with in the future. "That's one that'll come up on everyone’s list" he said. "She's a great character. If it was my property I'd do infrequent movies. There's not enough kick-ass female characters like that."

Eliza Dushku (Faith in BTVS) has been cast by RKO Pictures in a TV movie remake of THE SAINT, based on the Leslie Charteris novels. It has yet to be picked up by a network, but will be screened at the MIPTV market in Cannes. Dushku will play Patricia Holm, love interest of Simon Templar. The Holm character did not appear in the original TV series, and only appeared in one of the films, THE SAINT MEETS THE TIGER (1943), and was played by British actress Jean Gillie.

Hugh Sinclair and Jean Gillie in THE SAINT MEETS THE TIGER Eliza Dushku and Adam Rayner in THE SAINT

On Halloween 2012, Kate Nash, Emmy the Great and others took over a screen in the Hackney Picture House in London for a complete performance of the music from the BTVS episode Once More with Feeling.

The first character to die in BTVS had no name, and was played by Carmine Giovinazzo. He was devoured by Julie Benz in the opening scene of Episode 1. Giovinazzo is starring as a detective named Dare in the 2012 film DUKE, which is a "western" set in West Los Angeles. Dare has a friend from reformatory named Roost who watches old John Wayne films, and helps him pursue his nemesis, Winky.

Carmine Giovinazzo and Julie Benz in the opening scene from Buffy Giovinazzo as Dare in DUKE

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales is a hardcover book of Buffy stories written by Joss Whedon, Amber Benson, Jane Espenson, and others. Many of the stories were written prior to the Season 8 stories, and others are selected stories from Season 8. It includes the story of the first Slayer drawn by Leinil Yu.

Julia Lee Julia Lee as Constance Hackaway

Julia Lee, whose character in BTVS had no fewer than three names (Chanterelle, Lily and Anne) and which crossed over into three episodes of ANGEL, is the image used (since 2006) by Disney to portray Constance Hatchaway, the "Black Widow Bride" at their Haunted Mansion. Interestingly enough, she has not appeared on television or on film since her Disney association began.

Azura Skye (Cassie Newton in 2 Buffy episodes) was Sandy Engel-Karinsky in the TV sitcom WORKING THE ENGELS, which aired on Global TV in Canada and NBC in the US. Skye and Clare Kramer were guests at the Fourth Annual Vampire Ball, November 2014 in London, UK.

Azura Skye in GRIMM Azura Skye

BUFFY MOTION COMIC

The Buffy Season 8 Motion Comic is available as a Blu-Ray/DVD combo on Amazon. It includes all 19 episodes. Kelly Albanese - the new voice of Buffy Kelly Albanese looking vampy

The characters are voiced by:
Buffy - Kelly Albanese
Dawn - Julie O'Connor
Xander - Daniel Taylor
General Voll - J. Anthony McCarthy
Leah - Jane Mendez
Satsu - Michanne Quinney
CIA suit - Gary Clemmens
Lab Tech - Alex Collins
Renee - Heather Hemmens
Demon - Dan Kirschner
Rowena - Kristina Klebe

In an interview with complex.com, Joss Whedon said this about the Buffy Comics:

"Well, 40 issues was always the goal, and that's how we're playing it. We're around issue 30 now, we've got about 10 to go, five of which I have to write, so I have to get on that. Then we'll pause for breath and then we'll start Season Nine." When asked if Season 9 was a definite thing, Whedon went on to say: "Yeah, unless Dark Horse suddenly doesn't want it. I have had for a long time a conception for Season Nine that is very different from Season Eight. It may not run as long, because 40 issues sounds great until you realize that it's four or five years."


BOXED SET

BTVS boxed set Fox has released a repackaged version of its Buffy the Vampire Slayer/The Complete Series DVD boxed set. The packaging is wider than the 2006 version, and features new cover art. Special Features in the set include: BACK TO THE HELLMOUTH - a casual 54-minute conversation amidst candles and old books with Whedon, Marti Noxon, Doug Petrie, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield, Danny Strong, David Fury, Jane Espenson, Charisma Carpenter, and Drew Z. Greenberg. BUFFY CAST AND CREW: FAVORITE EPISODES, BUFFY: AN UNLIKELY ROLE MODEL, BREAKING BARRIERS: IT'S NOT A CHICK FIGHT THING - with stunt double Sophia Crawford and Stunt Coordinator Jeff Pruitt.