'Buffy'/'Angel' Connection Lives On
by Richard Huff
His shows air on different networks, but writer-producer Joss
Whedon isn't ruling out a crossover next season between
UPN's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the WB's "Angel."
The two series, once schedule mates on WB, were separated this
season after "Buffy" was snapped up by UPN following a nasty
public negotiation over renewal fees. Because of the attention the
dispute generated, it was thought there would never again be a
connection between the shows.
"It's not something we're pursuing this year,
but it's something we might get into next year if
things have cooled down between the two
networks," Whedon said.
Besides the dispute, Whedon said it was
important that each show stand alone.
"I don't need to have any more crossovers,"
he said. "Next year we might look at seeing if
we can do one."
"Buffy" launched on WB in 1997; the spinoff "Angel" started two
"Buffy's" move to UPN, while risky, has so far turned out fine for
Whedon and the network.
"We had some factors working in our favor," Whedon said. "UPN
really came out swinging. They really promised and delivered a
great deal of support. They put passion in it. Our fan base is not
huge, but it is hugely loyal. I knew they would follow us."
As for the show, Whedon said he and the writing team have never
been more excited about the narrative.
"We always try, sometimes we fall short, but by and large, we're
happy with this season," he said. "It's just the way the story has
been going. We just got into a groove."
For viewers new to the show and devoted fans, Fox Home
Entertainment has just released the first season of "Buffy" on DVD.
The collection, according to Whedon, has been out in England for
The three-disk set was not, however, a chance for Whedon to go
back in and tinker with the original episodes. There is an interview
with Whedon and other features, but no major changes to any of
the shows, he said.
"I am not a big fan of the director's cut," Whedon said. "There's a
lot of self-indulgence there. Directors throw in everything they've
"In television, you are forced to bring it down to 43 minutes and
change. You end up cutting the fat. [In production] we may lose
one or two scenes, and it always flows better without them."