Buffy-less Buffy Possible?
From Sci Fi Wire
Joss Whedon, creator of UPN's Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
told SCI FI Wire that he's leaving open the possibility of
carrying on the show after next year, even if star Sarah
Michelle Gellar decides not to renew her contract, which
expires at the end of year seven. Meanwhile, regular cast
member Emma Caulfield, who plays Anya, told SCI FI Wire
that she intends to leave the show after the end of the
seventh season, which kicks off Sept. 24, but added that
every other cast member has already signed up for year
"I'm game for almost anything," Whedon said in an
interview, when asked if he'd go on without Gellar. "It's an
incredibly strong ensemble. It's a very strong mythos. It's a
huge universe we've created and an incredible cast of
actors. So there are definitely opportunities for different
kinds of shows."
Earlier, Buffy executive producer Marti Noxon told SCI FI
Wire that she thought the show could continue without
Gellar in the lead. For his part, Anthony Stewart Head
(Giles) said that he thought season seven would be the
show's last. Gellar has made plain her desire to move on
after the show's seventh season ends, whether the show
goes on or not after that.
Similarly, Caulfield said she's gone after next year.
"Uh-huh," she said in an interview. It's "my last year. It
depends on whether or not the show goes beyond a
seventh season. Sarah has not signed on. The rest of the
cast has signed on for an eighth season. I have not. I'm
leaving. I'm done. It's just time, you know? It's been five
great years. But it's sort of like, I use the analogy of, like,
high school. ... Four years. It's time to graduate, you
know? It's time." Buffy airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.