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The hole in the world: Why 'Angel' is better than 'Buffy'


Fifteen years ago this week, Angel premiered on the WB. A spinoff of the much-beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the show would run for five seasons, leaving the air in May of 2004—one year after Buffy’s series finale. In the subsequent years, Buffy‘s legend would only grow as critics and fans alike acknowledged the debt modern television owed to it. Angel, however, would linger in the background, never really forgotten but also never really championed, even as it sits just a few clicks away from its sister series on Netflix and Hulu.

But Angel is every bit as vital as Buffy. In fact, it might even be better. READ FULL STORY

Once more, with feeling: Kate Nash and friends perform all of 'Buffy' musical ep's songs

British chanteuse Kate Nash likes Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Like, really likes Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So much that she spent Halloween performing the soundtrack of “Once More, with Feeling” — Buffy‘s beloved musical episode — in its entirety at London’s Hackney Attic. Complete with costumes, staking motions, and the parking ticket song! (Doesn’t look like “They Got the Mustard Out” made it onto YouTube, though.)

Check out Nash and co.’s take on the episode’s first song, “Going Through the Motions,” below — and find the rest of the set here. It’s truly something to sing about.


'Buffy' season 9 spin-off 'Willow': Our favorite witch tries to bring magic back to the world -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

In Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 — the spin-off comic book series, overseen by Joss Whedon, that continues the story of his distaff dispatcher of neck-biters — the world is devoid of magic. It’s made life less outrageous for Buffy and her friends — no giant Dawn rampaging through the streets of Tokyo, for example — but for one of the Scoobies, it’s also made life simply less, period.

For Willow, reverting from a righteously powerful witch to just another mortal person has proven so painful, her one goal in life has been to bring magic back to the world. But how? Willow recently finished an arc on the sister comic series Angel & Faith in which the trio ventured into a hell dimension in the pursuit of their own impossible goals. And in this first look at the five-issue Willow miniseries (subtitled “Wonderland” and launching Nov. 21), we get a sense of what’s at stake for Willow’s quest other than the return of her magical mojo.  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch poll: Who is TV's best crier?

Last week, my colleague Mandi Bierly wrote a post about TV’s greatest tearjerkers that got me thinking about all my personal favorites, many of which came up in the comments. But as I constructed my list of favorite scenes, I realized that there are some actors who really know how to deliver the waterworks. There are some who, without fail, have the power to reduce me to a sobby mess.

Last night, for example, I was watching the latest Sons of Anarchy and realized that Charlie Hunnam is very much one of those actors. As gruff, strong Jax Teller, it isn’t often that we see Hunnam get to flex that particular emotional muscle. But when he does — man, it’s fantastic. [Sons spoiler ahead…] Two weeks ago, when Opie died in prison, the impact of the moment in itself made me tear up. But it was Jax’s reaction that really got me. And last night, at Opie’s wake, it happened again. I had to rehydrate after that.

So when I really got to thinking about it, I realized that there are only a few actors that have this power over me. My top 5 — in no particular order — are listed below. READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon picks his 'Buffy' Top 10 -- What are YOUR FAVORITES?

It’s safe to say Joss Whedon fans are having a flippin’ fantastic week. The Avengers just made all the money, with a record-breaking $207.4 million domestic opening, and got the official greenlight for a sequel. Now, Buffy fans are getting insight into Whedon’s most cherished memories from the series with the announcement that Whedon’s 10 favorite episodes are airing as an all-day marathon on Logo May 19, starting at 10 a.m. ET.

For any serious Buffy fan, picking only 10 episodes would be impossible, so it’s fitting that the creator should whittle down the list. Click through to check out Whedon’s picks. READ FULL STORY

When did a showrunner change matter to you? When didn't it?

Hearing that Alan Ball will step down as showrunner of HBO’s True Blood for season 6, when season 5 is still on the horizon for this summer, may make it difficult for you to process how you feel about the change. In a statement, HBO made it clear Ball will remain available to consult with and advise his replacement, while he develops new shows for HBO and Cinemax. That, combined with the fact that I can name multiple writers on the show’s staff because I rewound to note them while recapping particularly great episodes, makes me confident that the show will be just fine.

But it also begs the question: As a viewer, do you always feel a shift in a series when the showrunner changes? READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural' react: Spike saves the Winchesters -- twice! Was the 'Buffy' reunion everything you'd hoped it'd be?

What struck me most about the anticipation around tonight’s episode of Supernatural — which featured an on-screen reunion between Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel alums James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter — was the number of people who claimed they were going to watch Supernatural tonight specifically for these very special guest stars.

But now that the episode has aired, I have to ask, regular and visiting viewers, was the episode worth the hype? READ FULL STORY

'Ringer' star Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to TV tonight -- how pumped are you?

Tonight the Cult of Buffy can rejoice as Sarah Michelle Gellar makes her long-awaited return to TV. In neo-noir saga Ringer, Gellar plays both Bridget, an ex-stripper hiding from an FBI agent (Nestor Carbonell) and a mobster (Zahn McClarnon), and her wealthy identical twin Siobhan, whom she believes to be dead. (She’s not.) Gellar, who was last seen on the small screen in the 2003 finale of cult megahit Buffy the Vampire Slayer, told EW in our cover story, ”Ringer is the perfect balance of what audiences want to see me do. It’s Cruel Intentions-meets-Buffy.” Count us in!

So what do you think PopWatchers? How are you preparing for Gellar’s TV return? Has your interest been sufficiently piqued by the sexy ads? Do you think Ringer has any chance of measuring up to Buffy? Will the addition of Veronica Mars’ Logan and Lost‘s Carbonell bring in some more cult cred? Sound off below.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar talks dealing with fame, and doing laundry, with EW's Jess Cagle -- VIDEO

Ringer star — and EW cover subject — Sarah Michelle Gellar sat down with Entertainment Weekly Managing Editor Jess Cagle today for a special interview on E! that covered a gamut of topics: Gellar’s return to television, her memories of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, how she handles the intense spotlight of fame, working with husband Freddie Prinze Jr., and most importantly, what project finally forced her to learn how to do her own laundry.

Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Sarah Michelle Gellar on 'Ringer,' 'Buffy' and motherhood

There’s one thing Sarah Michelle Gellar hates about Ringer, her new drama on The CW premiering Sept. 13: The shoes. “Due to the lack of fight scenes, the fancy footwear comes out,” says the actress, who for seven star-making, comfortably shod seasons staked a legion of demonic bloodsuckers (and smooched with a couple of the nicer, more misunderstood ones) in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. In her eagerly anticipated return to series TV, the 34-year-old actress is more likely to wear designer gowns and high heels than sneakers and a hoodie. When we spent the morning with her on the set earlier this month, Gellar looked smashing in a black Versace dress (“It’s Ver-sase,” she quipped, quoting Showgirls) but was quick to kick off the matching shoes. “It’s beautiful,” she said. “But you know, fancy footwear is a pain!”

Don’t worry, readers. This week’s cover story about The Woman Who Once Was Buffy covers more ground than just wardrobe. READ FULL STORY

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