Buffy Crosses the Pond
From Sci Fi Wire
Joss Whedon, whose Buffy the Vampire Slayer took home the
Saturn Award for best network television series, told SCI FI Wire
that he will move production to England for the seventh-season
premiere episode. "I am going to England ... in a couple of weeks
to shoot some second-unit with Tony [Head, who plays Giles,]
and Alyson [Hannigan, who plays Willow,] for the season
premiere of Buffy," Whedon told reporters after receiving his
award June 10 in Los Angeles. "So that'll be fun. Our first
production values ever. We're very excited. Usually it's 'So we're
in Venice. Hand me that goblet.' So it's a thing."
As for next year's storyline for the UPN series, Whedon remained
coy, but promised a change from this year's dark themes. "I can
only tell you a little bit," he said. "This is something I've been
sort of gearing towards since the very beginning of the show.
It's a question of bringing it onto a much larger scale and at the
same time making it much more personal and much more personal
to Buffy herself. This year was a chance to let the other
characters [shine.] ... The big climactic scene [was] between
Xander and Willow, and that was because, as characters and as
actors, they'd earned that opportunity. And I thought it was
right for them to sort of be the spokespeople for what was going
on at the end there. But next year Buffy will be much less
peripheral to the climax. The climax will be the biggest thing
we've ever done."
Whedon added, "You know, every year it might be the end.
Except, actually, this year. This year I really did sort of leave it
up in the air. You could have said this could have been an end,
but the [cliffhanger] with Spike and the thing on Angel, this was
sort of the exception to the rule. But I am looking for closure
next year in way because we're making a more positive
statement. This year was just about surviving the year.
Sometimes the audience felt that actually it's their chore too.
What? You don't want to be depressed all the time like me? I
don't understand. But next year is something that's a lot more
positive and definitive. And in that it has to end with an
exclamation point, not a question mark."