'Buffy' Producer Talks Death and Doherty
by Kate O'Hare
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Marti
Noxon, the recently promoted
co-executive producer of "Buffy the
Vampire Slayer," really enjoyed
going to New York in May, when
UPN presented their new
acquisition to advertisers as part of
its new fall lineup. Not only did it mean being the news of the
day, it also meant a present from Saks Fifth Avenue.
"Joss and his wife, they're so funny, and they're so sweet,"
she says, speaking of her boss, series creator Joss
Whedon, and his wife Kai. "Kai was out shopping for herself,
and she saw something she thought would look better on
me. She bought me, like, this top. She thought, 'I think that
would look good on Marti.' It's partly because she saw me
that day, and I was on her mind, so she bought me clothes."
Whedon was much in evidence at the
presentation by UPN -- which forked over big
bucks and won the show away from The WB
-- and also made an under-the-radar
appearance at the FOX upfront later the
same day (THe FOX network being part of
20th Century Fox, the studio arm of which produces "Buffy" ).
"He's somewhat ubiquitous at those things," says Noxon.
"Being the however-many-million-dollar-boy at Fox, they have
an investment in having him interested in what they're doing."
How did Noxon enjoy the fuss UPN made over acquiring
"Buffy" ? "Wasn't that trippy? It was like going to an awards
show or something. It's like, 'We're so fabulous. We're giving
ourselves high praise.'"
Noxon is currently back at the show's Santa Monica studios,
working on next season. She reports that four scripts are in
the can, with a couple more stories in progress. She also
says that Whedon is laboring on episode six, the
long-awaited all-singing, all-dancing "Buffy."
"Almost all the cast sings," she says.
"Michelle [Trachtenberg] is more of a dancer,
so she wanted to dance. Joss himself is
writing the music. Like a real musical, it's all
going to be tailored to the show."
He's so multitalented. "I tell you," says Noxon, "I leave here,
and I can't make dinner."
After the musical, what's next? "There's still an all-puppet
'Buffy,'" says Noxon. "I want to do 'Thunderbuffy.' I'm dying to
do an episode where you just turn it on, and for no explained
reason, they're all just puppets."
"I really want to do a 'Thunderbuffy,' but that's probably in our
really broke period, more broke than we even are now. And if
it's not broke, don't fix it. Sorry, I don't know where that came
As fans know, Buffy died in the season
finale, "The Gift," also the show's 100th
episode. However, on "Buffy," death is not
necessarily an impediment to future
"Obviously, Buffy is dead," says Noxon, "but the question is,
for how long, and how are things going to work out? In the
'Buffy' universe, death can be a complication, but you can
overcome it if you try hard enough."
What has been the reaction? "Many, many people really
flipped out. We've had to deal with a little damage control,
with people thinking the show is over, or that it was all a big
trick. It was all over the Internet that it was a big trick."
"They thought that Joss had manipulated the whole thing with
UPN just to fool people, and we were like, 'UPN would really
be going along for quite a big joke. Why would they want to
do that?' But that was a rumor, that we were totally trying to
convince people we were going to stay on the air."
"My current favorite rumor is that Shannen
Doherty is going to be the new Slayer."
Is there truth in that tale? "Shannen and
Sarah are friends," says Noxon, "and they
may have talked about, 'Oh, gosh, wouldn't it
be great if Shannen came and did a guest thing,' or
something. Then it somehow got blown into ... that might be
wonderful, but she's definitely not a series regular."
"You know, any kind of energy about celebrities is probably a
good thing for them."