'Buffy's' One-Time Only Musical Offer
by Kate O'Hate
Those planning to tape "Once More, With Feeling,"
the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" musical episode airing next Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 8
p.m. ET, on UPN, had better check the settings on their VCRs, or they could miss
the big Hollywood ending.
Director Joss Whedon's cut of the episode (he also wrote it -- screenplay, words and
musical score) runs eight minutes long, and he's gotten special dispensation for that
from UPN, but it's a one-time offer.
Says Whedon's fellow executive producer, Marti Noxon, "They're only doing it for the
first run. The first night is the only time you're going to see the whole thing in its
entirety. The one that UPN's repeating on the Friday, Nov. 16, is a version that's cut
down from the original version. So, tune in on the 6th."
As it stands now, "Buffy" is set to air from 8:00-9:08 p.m. ET, with "Roswell" airing
from 9:08-10:06 p.m. ET.
For fans wondering if the score will be available on cd, Noxon warns them not to hold
their breath. "They're in the process," she says. "It was going to be Joss putting it out
on Mutant Enemy [his production company]. Now it looks like it's going to be (20th
Century) Fox putting it out, and that means it's going to take forever. That's too bad."
Asked if it could be available by the holiday shopping season, Noxon says, "Probably
not. It's a shame, but you never know."
Whenever that cd does come out, it may immortalize Noxon's TV singing debut, as a
woman belting out her dispute of a parking ticket. "I sang when I was younger," she
says, "and I was like, 'Joss, give me a little part.' Then he actually did. I thought, 'You
know, it's really self-indulgent, but let's do it anyway.'"
"It was really fun, and it made me sure glad that I'm not an actor."