Buffy Faces Music On UPN
It's not easy bringing your title character back to life and setting
up shop on a new network, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer is
trying to strike a balance, executive producer Marti Noxon told
SCI FI Wire. "We're in sort of a dark space with Buffy, but I think
we're doing a lot of funny stuff too. We're trying to find that
balance between farce and humor and some of the darker issues
that we're going into this year," she said in an interview. "I think
we're striking a pretty good balance so far. The villains help that,
because they're a little bit lighter this season. At least they are
for now," Noxon added, referring to the nerdish villains who've
sworn to take over Sunnydale, played by Danny Strong, Adam
Busch and Tom Lenk.
Noxon added, "The thing is, [Buffy creator] Joss [Whedon] is
really smart, and he is the one who came up with the idea for
them, and they're just a very different direction. So it's like we're
not trying to top last year's run, you know, trying to top a god.
We're just going in a really different direction, and our characters
are a little more relatable."
According to Noxon, UPN has been thrilled with the direction the
show has been going. "You know, it's really fun for them,
because they were sort of fans of the show before the show
was their show," she said. "So they're very enthusiastic, and
they really enjoy watching and participating in the process.
They've been great."
After being resurrected from the dead, Buffy and the gang will
literally face the music in the upcoming Nov. 6 episode, "Once
More with Feeling," a musical installment with original songs
written by Whedon. Cast members do their own singing and
dancing in the episode, which airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT.