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A Midsummer Night's Ramble
A Midsummer Night's Ramble

September - December 2001

Not much today as I'm rather short on time, but I did want to post a couple things. First off, Joss has signed a deal to develop a sci-fi show called "Firefly" for Fox and it should be ready for the 2002-2003 TV season. Read more about it over here.

Next up, staring January 10th, the WB will be airing episodes of Angel on Thursday night at 8pm. The firstrun episodes of the show will still be on Mondays at 9pm, but you'll be able to see repeats a few nights later on Thursday. The WB is testing out the Thursday timeslot with Angel, and if it seems to do well, they may move the show to that timeslot permanently.

And lastly, Zap2it.com had a nice little article discussing the upcoming first season DVD set with Joss, which you can see here. But be warned there's a pretty big spoiler in there.

Quickie note to say that Buffy is featured in this week's TV Guide as one of the best shows of 2001. Click here to read what Matt Roush said about the show. Also, Buffy is up for Best TV Drama in the first AFI awards. Buffy is nominated along with "Six Feet Under", "The Sopranos", and "The West Wing". The awards will be presented on January 5, 2002 in a live television broadcast on CBS.

Couple new articles to start with... first off, EW's Best of 2001 issue is in newsstands now and Buffy's on the list for the 10 best shows. And it's #2! (Behind "The Sopranos") Check out Ken Tucker's comments over here, as well as a full list of the 10 best shows.

There was also a charming article on STLtoday.com listing five reasons why Buffy is the best show on TV. You can read that one here.

In other news... Anthony Stewart Head will voice Doctor Who for a BBC radio series. He has already recorded three segments for the Excelis series of the plays. Joss Whedon is in talks to helm a big screen version of the Marvel comic series Iron Man. If he is contracted for the movie, it probably won't be in the works for a while.

Viacom Inc, which owns CBS and UPN, is merging UPN into the CBS unit in the near future. This means CBS president Leslie Moonves will be the head honcho for UPN. No word yet on what Dean Valentine's future with UPN is. For more info, check out this article from the Hollywood Reporter.

Lastly, just a reminder that you can pre-order Anthony Stewart Head and George Sarah's album, Music for Elevators, right now (the release date is February 5th). The album includes a song written by Joss, as well as singing/speaking cameos by Alyson Hannigan, Amber Benson, and James Marsters. Order the album at musicforelevators.com. You can also see the cover art for the album right here. See below for the press release.

Just a couple things today... Anthony Stewart Head is a releasing a CD with musician George Sarah, former member of T.H.C., the band that was featured in several season 4 episodes as Veruca's group. The CD, entitled Music for Elevators, is available for pre-order at musicforelevators.com. You can read the official press release for the album over here.

FX is running their annual Thanksgiving marathons this weekend, and Buffy has the cozy Thursday slot. From 12pm to 2am they'll be showing episodes voted on by the fans. The list of episodes set to air has been released and they are the following:

    12:00pm - Welcome To The Hellmouth Pt. 1
    1:00pm - The Harvest Pt. 2
    2:00pm - Angel
    3:00pm - Surprise
    4:00pm - Innocence
    5:00pm - Becoming Pt. 1
    6:00pm - Becoming Pt. 2
    7:00pm - The Wish
    8:00pm - Doppelgangland
    9:00pm - The Prom
    10:00pm - Graduation Day Pt. 1
    11:00pm - Graduation Day Pt. 2
    12:00am - Something Blue
    1:00am - Fool For Love

And lastly, I thought I should mention this over here since I've been getting several e-mail inquires about it. The singer featured on last weeks episode of Buffy, "Tabula Rasa", was Michelle Branch. The song she performed, "Goodbye to You", is on her album The Spirit Room, but it is not the same version that was featured on the show. You can find out more about Michelle at michellebranch.com.

I think that cold medicine I took is starting to knock me out, so forgive me if I sound slightly delirious. Just a couple tidbits of news today... first, UPN will be repeating the lovely and amazing musical episode, "Once More, With Feeling", this Friday, November 16th at 8pm. Unfortunately, this will be the edited version of the episode, not the extra lenghty one we got last week. Speaking of the musical, a soundtrack is definitely in the works, but we may have to wait a while for it to arrive, as Fox is producing it (remember the DVDs?). But it will arrive someday! Joss and Marti have promised that.

Hmmm... what else? TV Guide Online had a nice little article about Emma Caulfield the other day... it contains some Xander/Anya speculation/spoilers, so be wary if you want to read it.

Michelle Trachtenberg is scheduled to be on MadTV in a couple weeks on Saturday, November 24th. Check tvguide.com for local times and channels. In other TV appearances, Alyson Hannigan will be one of the hosts at MTV's Sports and Music Festival which premieres Sunday, November 18th at 8pm on MTV. Check tvguide.com for more times and air dates.

Less than two days! Let's start off with some big news on the musical. The episode will run over the normal airing time of one hour by about 8 minutes. This means that rather than ending at 9pm, it's set to end at approximately 9:08pm. So set your VCRs accordingly and DO NOT miss it. This is a one time only deal. For all the reruns, the episode will be cut back down to fit within an hour.

And to go along with the musical related stuff, some articles/reviews of the episode... some are kind of spoiler-y, so if you're in fear of those, avoid reading them till after you see the episode:

And now for the stuff that has nothing to do with the musical... Christopher Golden, author of several Buffy-related novels, has a new book being released next year entitled The Ferryman. His official site, ChristopherGolden.com has an exclusive preview of the novel's prologue, so be sure to check it out here! (Thanks LW!)

The Canadian edition of TV Guide recently included a cute "Celebrity Chef" feature with Michelle Trachtenberg, which you can read over here. Thanks to Kristina for typing and sending!

And lastly, Danny Strong, aka Jonathan on BtVS, is performing in a play called "Moonchildren" November 8th through December 8th, Thursdays and Fridays only (excluding the 16th & 17th and Thanksgiving weekend), at the Hudson Theater, located at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. For tickets and/or more information, please call (323) 856-4200. (Thanks LW!)

Is everyone else as excited about the musical episode as I am? I'm way too obsessed. It's not even funny. At least it's the enjoyable kind of obsession. For those of you as thrilled as me, UPN has been kind enough to set up a nifty little feature with clips and such at the official site (btw, it looks like they were able to acquire buffy.com from the WB). To go straight to the feature page, click here.

TV Guide Online had a couple articles pertaining to Buffy and Angel earlier this week. The first was all about this past Monday's Angel episode, "Fredless", and you can read that here. And the second has some little tidbits from Marti Noxon about future guest appearances on Buffy. That semi-spoilery one is up here.

Speaking of TV Guide... the Oct. 27 issue (Harry Potter covers) has a couple BtVS related bits in it. The first is Hollywood Grapevine section on Anthony Stewart Head:

    A bloodsucking demon didn't force Anthony Stewart Head off UPN's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Jet lag did. Head was working in Hollywood, but his girlfriend, Sarah, and their daughters, Emily, 12, and Daisy, 10, live in Bath, England. He'd get a few days off and race to the airport. "I'd arrive. Then I'd leave," he says. Except for occasional guest appearances, what's next? A Buffy spin-off, with Giles as a ghost hunter, will air on Britain's BBC (there are no plans to broadcast it here yet), and it will be shot near Bath. So after five years of transcontinental commuting, Head will practically be able to walk to work. "Life is very good," he says.

And the second one is from the Great Performances inset by Matt Roush, all about the lovely Emma Caulfield:

    As UPN's Buffy the Vampire Slayer gets ever darker in the aftermath of Buffy's eerie resurrection, the comic relief offered by Emma Caulfield's irrepressible demon-turned-human Anya is more welcome than ever. Adjusting awkwardly to humanity after spending more than a millennium as a vengeful immortal, Anya is blunt, literal, selfish and mercenary - "I'll take very good care of your money" was her goodbye to the series-departing Giles (Anthony Stewart Head). Yet the vibrant Caulfield makes Anya tremendously likable. Upon returning from a coffee shop that had been a bookstore, Anya describes it as "like evolution, only without the getting-better part." This siren has the getting-better part down pat.

Michelle Trachtenberg is now hosting a new show that will premiere on Discovery Kids Channel October 31st and will be begin airing regularly Fridays at 8:30pm and 11pm on November 2nd. The show is called "Truth or Scare", and you can read more about it in this article from Zap2it.com.

And lastly, some TV appearances: Sarah Michelle Gellar is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (airs on NBC) on Monday, November 5th, presumably to promote the musical episode. In other TV news, Anthony Stewart Head will be appearing on the Halloween edition of "Hollywood Squares", airing October 29th - October 31st. He will be in costume as Robin Hood. You can see a picture of him all dressed up here. Check tvguide.com for local times.

I know ratings aren't always the most exciting things to read about, but this article from Zap2it.com has me gleeful. Can't help it. WB is just stupid, and that's our proof (like we needed proof though?).

Anyways... TV Guide Online had a couple of Buffy-centric articles yesterday. The first was comments on the season premiere by Matt Roush (TV Guide's TV guru) and that can be found here. The second was a nifty interview with Joss full of those little tidbits we all love. Read that over here.

Only two more days! Yay! Can I make it that long? Hope so. Couple reviews of the season premiere of Buffy... both are raves, which is a great sign. Though I believe both contain spoilers, though I have no idea how extensive as I'm avoiding reading them for fear of spoilers. The first is from Entertainment Weekly and is up here. And the second is from SciFi.com and has been posted over here.

I've heard rumblings that SMG's appearance on tomorrow's Jay Leno has been canceled. She's no longer listed on the schedule, so if you watch it, I wouldn't expect to see her. However, Aly Hannigan is set to appear on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn tomorrow night (early Tuesday, technically). Check clicktv.com for times and stations.

Speaking of Aly, E! Online has a nice subpage set up all about her appearance on Celebrity Adventures (airing Tuesday night), including pictures of her and Alexis. Check that out here. E! Online also has a nifty section set up to prep us for the premiere. That one is over here.

Those of you in the US might have noticed that in addition to being in syndication on FX, various broadcast stations around the country are syndicating the show as well on the weekends. If you want to know if it's on a station in your area, there's a website set up just for that syndication at this address: buffyweekends.com.

Woot! Woot! Happiness for those of us in Region 1. The Buffy First Season DVD set finally has a release date: January 15, 2001. Amazon already has a pre-order page set up right over here. They're selling it for $29.98 and the set includes commetaries for "Welcome to the Hellmouth" and the "The Harvest", the Joss featurettes from the videos, interviews with Joss and David Boreanaz, the original pilot episode script, and a photo gallery. So, rejoice in the joy of DVDs!

In other news... UPN has posted some new promos for Buffy at their website... see those here. TV Guide Online has a nice little article all about the upcoming season of Angel which you can read here. And lastly, a nifty little interview with Alexis Denisof from Zap2it.com that you can find over here.

Couple upcoming TV appearances to report. First, Charisma Carpenter is scheduled to be on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn tomorrow, the 24th (techinally the 25th, as the show airs after 12am), on CBS. On Thursday, September 27th, Seth Green will appear on a celebrity edition of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" on ABC. And on October 1st, Alyson Hannigan will be on E!'s "Celebrity Adventures"... I believe Alexis Denisof will be on that show as well, as he is in the promo pics for it with Aly. Later that night, Sarah Michelle Gellar will be appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Check clicktv.com for local times for each of these.

Wondering what's going to happen with an official site for Buffy? Well, apparently, it'll be at this address soon: buffyupn.com. The site isn't open yet, but it promises to premiere soon!

A couple new articles to share... first, one from the New York Times all about "Angel", which you can read here. Next, a nice little one from TV Guide Online about Michelle Trachtenberg. You can read it here, but be warned it contains a few spoilers. Next, an interview with David Boreanaz from clicktv.com which can be found here. And last of all, a great interview with Joss Whedon from the Onion, right over here.

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