Firefly – about a tight-knit band of war-scarred smugglers, seekers and runaways eeking out a semi-honest living in the final frontier of newly colonized space — is remembered as one of the great shoulda-been/coulda-been TV tragedies of the young century. A quirky blend of sci-fi space saga and Western frontier adventure, the short-lived Fox series arrived in the fall of 2002 with great expectations from critics and geek pop fans alike thanks to the pedigree of its creator: Joss Whedon, the acclaimed mastermind behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, an ace dramatist with a distinctive voice renowned for telling stories great with wit, scope, heady themes and psychologically complex, emotionally accessible characters. Also? Much with the Whedon Speaky and cool pop culture references. Buffy and Angel had been youth-skewing niche hits for The WB (and, during Buffy’s last two seasons, UPN); the hope was that Firefly would appeal to bigger, broader audience on Fox. It didn’t. The show – airing on Friday nights – premiered with 6.3 million viewers and declined from there. Fox cancelled the series, airing only 11 of 14 episodes produced by Whedon. Those who had taken an instant liking to the show – a tribe of fans who called themselves Browncoats – were heartbroken, as was Whedon and his cast, led by its breakout star, Nathan Fillion. An attempt to pull a Star Trek and keep the Firefly creative world alive as a movie franchise failed to launch: Despite admiring reviews, the Whedon-helmed 2005 feature Serenity grossed just $38.8 million worldwide. The dream of more Firefly was finally extinguished. READ FULL STORY
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'Avengers' casting: Who is Nick Fury's mysterious 'sidekick'? The Wasp? Sharon Carter? The Contessa?
Joss Whedon spoke out about the upcoming Buffy reboot that, yes, he has nothing to do with. It’s a tough spot for Buffy fans, and Whedon’s classy — and sassy! — statement to E! reminds why we love him so:
This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths — just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.
Bwahaha. READ FULL STORY
How is it the Mad Men season finale already?! I’m not ready! It’s too soon. But at least I can comfort myself with one shred of hope: Tonight’s episode will be awesome, because Mad Men season finales are a thing of beauty.
Season 1′s finale, “The Wheel,” gave us what might be the single greatest pitch Don Draper ever delivered: His “it’s a time machine” monologue reduced Harry, and me, to tears. Lest we forget, that’s also the episode where Don officially made Peggy a junior copywriter, where Betty reached out to Glen through the car window, and oh yeah — where Peggy had her baby. A pretty packed episode! READ FULL STORY
Moviehole) saying, somewhat definitively, that the upcoming mega-spinoff will be the bro-iest movie about a bunch of dudes duding it up since Ocean’s 11-13. “It is true that the movie is only going to have one female Avenger,” says Whedon, although he hedges that “she will not be the only female character.” That could mean that we’ll see a female supervillain…but if I were a betting man, I’d wager that it’s more likely that we’ll see an appearance by one or more of the main superheros’ love interests, like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts or Natalie Portman’s Thor-loving Jane Foster. Now, as excited as I am by the prospect of a scene featuring the Super-Galpals sitting around at their favorite trendy cafe talking about the respective bedroom merits of super-strength vs. super-intelligence, it’s just a squeensy bit depressing to find out that the Buffy auteur couldn’t figure out a way for Avengers to pass the Bechdel Test. READ FULL STORYSorry, Scarlet Witch fans: Avengers director Joss Whedon was recently quoted in Australia’s Sunday Herald Sun (via
As a kid, did you ever have that dream where you woke up and found out you missed Christmas? My nightmare came true today when I looked at my self-made pop culture calendar in Google at 5 p.m. and realized Joss Whedon turned 46 today.
I know, at this point, the party is over. The birthday song has been sung, and all that remains of the celebration is the icing ring on a piece of cardboard where a cake once was. But below, you make take part in pretty much the greatest and most important poll ever to grace the pixels of EW.com.
You might notice that in my poll asking “What is Joss Whedon’s best work?” I have not included a cop out answer (like ”Everything he does is amazing”). I’m forcing you to choose. Yes, forcing you. And don’t count Buffy the winner too soon. I actually know someone who loves Joss Whedon and has never seen the series. I’ll bring her over here one day so we can pelt her with fruit. Meanwhile, vote away, Whedonites. And celebrate tonight with a marathon of your choosing.
In celebration of Entertainment Weekly‘s two decades of existence this year, we’ve put together a special double-sized issue devoted to the 100 greatest characters of the past 20 years. On our ranked list, you’ll find Anchorman‘s Ron Burgundy, Lost‘s John Locke, Harry Potter, Homer Simpson — all characters who feel as real and important to us as our own friends and family.
Also on that list? Buffy “the Vampire Slayer” Summers, of course. And we thought, who better to illustrate what is so special about the extraordinary young killer of evil things — played in the TV series by Sarah Michelle Gellar — than creator Joss Whedon. “There’s a whole recipe for how to make a Buffy,” he explains. “Take one cup Sarah Connor from the first Terminator movie; one cup Ripley [from Alien]; three tablespoons of the younger sister in [the 1984 postapocalyptic comedy] Night of the Comet; a few sprigs of A Little Princess — the book, not the movies; and a pinch of Jimmy Stewart for pain, because nobody does better pain. Bake those up. Once it’s cool, add a little Rosalind Russell from His Girl Friday. All of this must be in a P.J.-Soles-in-Halloween crust. That’s very important.”
Whedon also weighs in a bit on how his show preceded the whole “vampire craze” that took us by swarm at the end of the ’00s. “Ultimately, my show was less about vampires than most shows with vampire in the title. The show’s about growing up, which for her was basically ages 15 through 22, but the kind of 15 through 22 where you fight wars.”
For more from Whedon and the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years — including Robert Downey Jr. on Iron Man‘s Tony Stark, Johnny Depp talking about Captain Jack Sparrow, an interview with Homer Simpson, and lots, lots more — pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now.
More from EW’s 100 Greatest Characters of the Past 20 Years:
Roseanne Barr says what she thinks the Conner clan would be up to in 2010
Daniel Radcliffe on Harry Potter…and Eric Cartman
There are two ways to look at the San Diego Comic Convention, aka Comic-Con, the annual nerd mecca that started out as a massive fanboy swap meet and has become a central component of Hollywood’s pop culture calendar. From one perspective, it’s the story of The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth: a generation of Alan Moore obsessives who grew up to dominate film and TV. From another, more cynical perspective, it’s a vintage Dark Phoenix situation, as in, “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.” In this telling, what started out as an oasis for passionate megafans became a big-budget farmer’s market, a place for videogame companies and movie studios to peddle their wares to an adoring crowd of opinionated bloggers.
Both perspectives have some validity. Judging by the title and the talent involved, my guess is that Morgan Spurlock’s upcoming documentary, Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope, will lean more towards the sunshine. READ FULL STORY
Confession: I may have rewound the promo for next week’s episode of Glee, featuring Neil Patrick Harris as Matthew Morrison’s old rival and current nightmare, three times. And when I say “the promo,” I really mean just the three seconds of Harris and Morrison belting “Dream On.” That number has a lot to live up to: According to PopWatch polls, Harris was by far the Glee guest star readers were most looking forward to in the second half of the season, and this duet was the most-anticipated number. I find it sort of odd that the promo didn’t mention that the episode is directed by Joss Whedon, but perhaps Fox thinks anyone that matters to already knows. Watch the promo (again) after the jump. How many times did you rewind? How confident are you that “Dream On” will end up being as awesome as Harris’ flashback mullet?
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