Sarah Michelle Gellar returning to TV (fingers crossed!)

Sarahmichellegellar_lIt’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for since we saw Buffy starring opposite a magic crab in Simply Irresistible: Sarah Michelle Gellar is plotting a return to series TV.

According to Variety, she’s expected to shoot the half-hour HBO pilot The Wonderful Maladys, written for her by screenwriter Charles Randolph (The Interpreter, The Life of David Gale), early next year: "Set in Gotham, The Wonderful Maladys ensembler revolves around thedysfunctional lives of three adult siblings who lost their parents at ayoung age. Randolph described Gellar’s character as having ‘a kind of zealous immaturity — like a drug addict with a to-do list.’"

On a scale of 1 to 10, how psyched are you? Here’s why I’m a hope-filled 10: When I talked to Gellar last summer for EW’s 1000th issue, we chatted about the 10 male TV characters she wishes she could have played. The variety in her picks made her more interesting to me than any role I’ve seen her in since Buffy the Vampire Slayer went off the air in 2003. On HBO, in a series that sounds ripe for dark comedy, she might meet her match. Agree?

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  • Rob Grizzly

    I love Gellar, but I’m not too sure about the series. Not really my taste. It already sounds like Brothers and Sisters. But HBO programs are usually good, so I’ll give it a shot.

  • AF

    I am super excited about her return to the small screen even if I don’t have HBO.

  • Snarf

    Cool. She can do dark comedy brillantly (Southland Tales, Cruel Intentions)

  • Ryan

    Great news! SMG’s the greatest woman on earth. I’ll have to resubscribe to HBO. I only do that when Curb comes back these days.

  • ck

    Will there be nudity? I’ll be there then ;)

  • QueenC

    Joy of joys!!! I’m there, I’m there!

  • Cory

    Oh, man, I really, really, REALLY freaking hope this doesn’t fall through. I’d watch anything with Sarah in it (yes, I even think it was worth my time to watch Simply Irresistible just to see her). An HBO dark comedy series sounds really good for her, and I hope it does well.

  • Ellipsian

    I’m hovering at about a 5. I appreciate very much that it’s an HBO show, but I’m still not so much sure that I’m in love with Gellar. I mean, “Buffy” is Officially my FAVORITE SHOW EVER!!! and all, but frankly, it’s more that I worship creator/general smarty-pants Mr. Whedon, not semi-committed actress Sarah. It’s hard to fawn over someone who had a rep for biting the “Buffy” hand that fed her. Buffy is my girl; Sarah only played her on TV.
    That said, Ms. Gellar is a fine actress and she did have a hand in creating the character–and thus the show–that j’adore so much. But I’m not walking into this new relationship blindly.

  • Sublime1

    Hey, I loved Simply Irresistible. Always made me hungry though!

  • Zduling

    I love sarah michelle Gellar, but i’m not to sure about the premise of the series. It sounds overused. I’ll have to check it out online since I don’t have HBO.

  • elena

    To Ellipsian:
    I’m totally with you on the SMG-is-not-exactly-my-girl-Buffy-front. I think SMG can act her butt off (re: The Body episode, every episode with Angel/Buffy tension where SMG cried, like that episode in Angel where he gives up his newfangled mortality to save her in the long run [Angel was/is perfect! selfless and sexy = best combination]), but either keeps chosing crappy movies to do, or is lost without Whedon’s magic touch. So, here’s hoping that her new HBO show is amazing and that she gets her dues, finally!

  • Nick

    Ellipsian….if she bit the hand that fed yet, why was she at the Buffy reunion in California in March??? She distanced herself a little…you can’t blame her.
    She’s a brilliant actress in comedy and drama and shes one of my faves. I’ll watch her in ANYTHING and EVERYTHING.
    http://www.thelittlestwinslow.wordpress.com

  • JaC

    If it’s an HBO show I don’t really consider that a return to TV.

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