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November 30 2007

SMG back on TV? From E! Online: "Sources close to the lovely Sarah Michelle Gellar tell me she's become somewhat disenchanted with the movie scripts she's been receiving, so she's considering...wait for it...coming back to television".

Wow! Joss, Eliza, now SMG. Any talk about when this strike is coming to a close so we have a chance to see this happen???
It is wrongda posting it and she did have the habit in the past of adding 2+2 and getting 5
How much I don't buy that, I cannot even say.
Her film roles have seemed pretty varied to me, maybe this is baseless ?

Also, just my impression but though SMG and Joss seem to have no end of professional respect for each other, it doesn't seem like there's a whole lot of personal love there so even if she is returning to TV I won't be holding my breath for any big reunions (i'd imagine she'd go for something non-genre anyway, to try to keep a bit of distance from Buffy. Something in a straight drama maybe).

(and SMG being a bit on the lovely side, they couldn't find a better photo than that ? Not exactly flattering)
I want to believe, yet, because we know how much hubby & her want to stick close I'm not sure if I'd buy it. Now, I'd love to see her on CSI: NY and since they at times film in NY... perhaps she could do some re-occuring guest roles? Maybe a little SMG/Det. Flack?

And yes, my fandom mind it roaring with ideas!
Dollhouse!!! Heroes!!! Weeds!!! Dexter!!!

Any of those and I'm good.
Okay.

Why Kristen thinks I would squee over this is the REAL mystery here.

ETA- I sounded harsh! I love Sarah but it's hardly like she's not picking up pretty prestigious film roles. Sounds like another throwaway line of hers that's been taken out of context.

[ edited by missb on 2007-11-29 22:47 ]
Well, Sarah could show up on "Reaper" and make Satan tremble...and it's about time, too.
I would personally love to see her on the Office or 30 Rock. She's got the dramatic chops, but she is certainly quite funny.
From the source behind Angel on NBC and Firefly coming back to the CW..
SMG on Heroes!

With Kristen Bell!

Making out!

Ok... a fantasy of mine but it could happen... most likely won't though. Damn it.
SMG & KB on any show would be all sorts of shiny!
Believe nothing that she says. NOTHING
I have no issues with SMG returning to TV. But do we really have to bring Dollhouse into the discussion? Let's see what Joss cooks up for Eliza without the risk of just putting her in SMG's shadow.
I could see it. Maybe something on HBO or Showtime.

I personally think that she's a great actress, she really did a lot with the character of Buffy, and when I watch the dailies of her on Youtube I am in awe. But her movies have left something to be desired.

TV is the new movies. Doooooo it SMG.
Sarah on Dexter or Californication would work for me. A role for her on Lost would also not suck.
As I recall, didn't she say that working on "Buffy" wore her out too much physically?
If she comes back, I'd guess she'd be looking for a gentler gig, like a sit-com, or a hospital drama. So, though I'd love to see her take over for Jack Bauer, my guess is, she'd be looking elsewhere.
IF...she were returning to TV. Big "if".
Maybe some evil recurring character on "Pushing Daisies?"
Shouldn't we be respecting her decision to change her name and start refering to her at SMP? It's her name, right?! Just wondering!
Shouldn't we be respecting her decision to change her name and start refering to her at SMP? It's her name, right?! Just wondering!

I was under the impression that she had not changed her professional name.
Maybe she could be the "Mother" of "How I Met Your Mother"
JusticeDemon - YES!!!! I would love that :)
She could be a Cottage on House!
Or starring in her won sitcom "SArah Michelle Gellar is Sarah McReady in McReady's Way."


Damn, Spieleberg and Lucas better grab ehr qucik for a remake of SHE! and I better get cracking on my screenplay. (she'sa rookie detective who makes out with both Amber Benson and Will Smith)

Seriously, while i don't think it's impossible, rumors like these are part of "The Biz." So let's not get our specifics up, gang.
Why is almost everybody trying to put her in an existing show? I'd want to see her headline her own. Preferably a single camera sitcom. Even though I'm always skeptical about "Wrong with Kristen" I can certainly see this one being true.
--- HERESY -----

What Sara really brought to Buffy was timing, looks and charisma.
Her acting is "OK" at best-- I often found myself defending the show's writing and having to agree to criticisms of SMG's acting.

The best acting she did was in "The Gift" and the very last scene of the the last episode (Her smile of "relief" still brings a tear to my eye.) But on the whole there were times when I watched with a fair amount fear that she was going to blow a scene. Case in point...James would completely steal scenes throughout the first part of Season 7 (crazy in the basement scenes).. so much so that I'd often forget that SMG was even in there.

You ever noticed that Joss' comments about Sara's "acting" were always the same "She's old school Hollywood". Which always sounded like "damning with faint praise". Old Hollywood sounds like code for "I do my lines and go home".

The rest of the Scooby gang was really great

James Masters-- BRILLIANT actor...absolutely brilliant
Allyson Hannigan-- Comedic timing and a face that emoted complex emotions (I remember her happily walking into a discussion where Xander says that there could be no romance between them.. and turning on an emotional dime-- absolutely heartbreaking)
Alexis- the boy is freakin' amazing
Anthony Head-- hmm... Master Thespian

None of this is to say that she didn't define Buffy as a character. She did-- and sometimes her comedic timing could be precious .. Pick your favorite one-liners
"And Fire...Pretty"
"If the apocalypse comes beep me"

And this if not to say that she didn't bring something special to the role...
BUT..her "current" acting hasn't show a lot of promise and often in the show she was overshadowed by the amazing actors around her and the writing (which was astonishingly good) was what really carried her success.

I never thought that SHE made the role (not completely)-- I can actually imagine others doing it... whereas I have a hard time imagining someone else as Giles, Willow, Anya, Spike...

Me.. I'm keeping my hopes up for more Joss on TV.
What Sara really brought to Buffy was timing, looks and charisma.
Her acting is "OK" at best-- I often found myself defending the show's writing and having to agree to criticisms of SMG's acting.


Who's Sara .There never was anybody of that name on BtVS and what has she to do with the show's writing and SMG.
Well, for what it's worth, I agree with you hbojo. And I'm not one bit surprised that she's going back to tv. What? All of a sudden she's going to become Vivien Leigh (old school)? Uber in-demand?

Her greatest success was on the tube. Her titular role was the Slayer. It made her famous, it made her wanted, it made us need her. Nobody needs her for movies. There are waves and waves of young female actors out there that can do as well as she in any role. Except Buffy, in my opinion.

I wish her every success that her talent will afford her. And I am always interested to see what she's up to. Just - call me narrow-minded if you like - she'll always be our B to me.
Oh, great, another thread bitching about how terrible SMG was in the role of Buffy. And how of course she wouldn't make a career in the movies because she's just that crap.

*yawn*
Nobody's bitching, crossoverman. Just you yawning.
I can agree with two sevenths of what hbojo is saying. One of my problems is seasons 6 and 7 was I felt her heart wasn't in it anymore. But 1-5, no way. She had to do it all and she did it quite well, IMHO.

Joss and Sarah had to fight for her to play Buffy. So much so she was to the point where she was willing to give up and play Cordelia. If Joss thought she was the kind of actress who would simply say her lines and go home he wouldn't have fought that hard. He would have looked for somone else like he did when he dumped Rebecca Gayheart without a whole lot of time to recast Inara. Joss is master when it comes to casting. He if thought her talents were simply OK, he just flat out wouldn't have worked with her.

At least that's how I see it.
To Shicks
Shouldn't we be respecting her decision to change her name and start refering to her at SMP? It's her name, right?! Just wondering!

People Magazine, December 3rd edition, printed a clarification indicating that Sarah Michelle Gellar had just changed her name to Prinze in her private life. She will remain SMG for professional purposes. Sorry, I can't find an online link to the People article. Ironic, given the twenty or more erroneous tabloid links that I can find.

On the whole Wrongda article, I'd take it with a huge grain of salt.

[ edited by Anne 5_by_5 on 2007-11-30 07:36 ]
Ah, I was angry with Kristin after the Angel debacle, too. But I think she's credulous because she wants to believe (redundant, admittedly). She's a fan. That does mean taking her stuff with a grain of salt, but also perhaps not being angry about it, if possible.

If this bit is for real, about reading TV scripts, it probably came from SMG's agency. I don't see why it's implausible. Look at all the celebrated film actors on TV now.
Nobody's bitching, crossoverman. Just you yawning.

Did you read what you posted, Willowy? And clearly you read hbojo because you agreed with him. Read like bitching to me.
I’ve always been suspicious of anything ‘reported’ by Kristen until it is confirmed by a more reliable source, but it would hardly be surprising to learn that SMG and her agents are looking at TV scripts, as well as other stuff. It doesn’t necessarily mean her return to television is imminent, but I am sure if the right project came along it would be given serious consideration. It does seem that a lot of well-known actors, especially female actors, are getting better and more regular work on television than in films.

When production ended on ‘Buffy’ she said she wanted to concentrate on films and cut back her work rate, saying she could not imagine a return to television in the ‘next five years’. I believe the five-year period (for what it’s worth) is just about up now. In that time, she has made, by my calculation, eight films, not including voice work for animated features. It certainly isn’t as if she has been ‘out of work’, but recently things seem to have faltered a little bit, with the poor box office showing of ‘The Return’, which I thought was an excellent film, and the various problems surrounding ‘Southland Tales’. However, I don’t think we are witnessing an end to her film career.

As to her acting, I like it and I think she is a much more accomplished actor than she is often given credit for. I don’t, for example, subscribe to the Peter Bradshaw (film critic for The Guardian) view that she is “howlingly awful”. I thought her sustained performance in the final two seasons of ‘Buffy’ bordered on the brilliant. For me, it wasn’t a performance that suggested boredom with the role, although clearly by the end it was taking a toll on her health; it was a performance that perfectly tapped into Buffy’s sense of isolation and detachment.
Posters are reminded that making petty comments and sniping at each other are not favourably looked upon here. If you have a problem with what someone said, take it up with them elsewhere.
I don’t think Simon’s comments were directed at my post immediately above, but just in case anything was interpreted differently to the way I intended, I apologise for any misunderstanding.

There is an interesting article in the Film & Music Review supplement in today’s edition of The Guardian here. It talks about an 8% drop in US box office in 2005 and 2006 and an 11% drop in DVD revenue. Hollywood seems to be expert at spending money, but not so good at belt-tightening when needed. I imagine the film industry might be in for a rocky couple of years ahead and being open to possible opportunities in television would not be a bad idea.
Regardless of the truth of the rumor, she should come back to TV! I love movies, but TV (at least American TV) is where it's happening right now, creatively speaking. I agree that her film roles have been... lackluster, but that's not entirely her fault. Interesting roles for young starlets are somewhat rare and they all seem to go to the same few actresses: Reese Witherspoon, Rachel McAdams, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley... Now I love all the actresses I named (with the exception of Knightley), but SMG is not at their level of fame and considering the lack of really interesting roles for women in the movies, she might never get to that level of fame.
She wouldn't be the first TV actor who made the leap to film and found out it wasn't all they thought it would be.

Her comment about Buffy being too demanding referred to the physicality of the role I think, not the demands of a weekly series in general.

It would be great if she came back to TV, and while I would like to see what she could do in something like Pushing Daisies or Reaper, I'd prefer that she get a new show of her own.
SMG says she might do a lot of things.
Just keeping her options open I imagine, I don't believe she has anything specifially in the works.
I have mixed feelings on her career. I loved her all through Buffy, although I believe she faltered in toward the end a bit, but there was a part of me that blamed her for the loss of my favorite show.
I thought she made some exciting career choices in the beginning, like Southland Tales and Alice, but neither one of those worked out really well, and her more mainstream roles like Scooby Doo and the Grudge were not the sort of thing that interested me.
But the bottom line was that the more effort she put into distancing herself from the role of Buffy, the more distant this Buffy fan felt to her.
At first I followed her career, and supported everything, (I even bought Scooby Doo 2, but admittedly couldn't watch more than five minutes) but now I don't feel that fannish connection anymore.
I am also semi-heretical about Gellar's acting. She doesn't seem to have much range, but she appears fairly strong in what she can do within that range. There's that whole deep depression thing she does well (Pretty much all of The Return, and, well, she got cast as "Sorrow," says a lot). She does the sexual "I'm warming up" thing ("When She Was Bad," Harvard Man), the ice queen bit (Cruel Intentions and more of BtVS than I would have liked), and even the warm, bouncy thing from Simply Irresistable and Season One that we saw ... far too little of later on. Briefly in Season Seven. I often thought that Buffy's character was crafted around Gellar's strengths as an actress. As much as I liked The Return, her films have been a little one note. I think she got more of a "workout" in acting from BtVS than anything she's done since.

I don't think I'd flock to anything on TV where she's the main draw, short of, well ... the impossible: Buffy, Angel, or spinoffs thereof.
I've heard this theory before: Gellar isn't that good, but ALL the other actors on Buffy were so fantastic that they made her look good. The women wins a Daytime Emmy, lands the lead role in a series that becomes a cult hit, wins lavish praise from many distinguished critics - and all while being a mediocre actor. She must be the luckiest girl in world! I can feel William of Occam spinning in his grave.
There is an interesting article in the Film & Music Review supplement in today’s edition of The Guardian here.

That's pretty interesting though it gaffs a couple of times. E.g. DVD revenue seems to be plateauing/dropping but sales (even according to 'The Guardian' itself) are actually still on the rise, it's just the margins are being squeezed - and it's worth noting that DVDs still made nearly $7 billion pure profit for the studios in 2006.

Much as I like a good visual spectacular I don't think anyone sees it as sensible to be spending $250 million on a film. DVDs are the most profitable aspect of most movies but people aren't going to pay e.g. double the money for a DVD just because the film cost a huge amount and the number of people buying DVDs/going to the cinema is levelling out (or even falling) so obviously the return isn't going to increase in proportion to the crazy budgets.

So it turns out the Hollywood business model is a bit broken. Wow, who knew ? ;)
She doesn't seem to have much range, but she appears fairly strong in what she can do within that range. There's that whole deep depression thing she does well (Pretty much all of The Return, and, well, she got cast as "Sorrow," says a lot). She does the sexual "I'm warming up" thing ("When She Was Bad," Harvard Man), the ice queen bit (Cruel Intentions and more of BtVS than I would have liked), and even the warm, bouncy thing from Simply Irresistable and Season One that we saw ... far too little of later on.


I get what you are saying and I am very aware that Gellar's acting produces very disparate responses - from "brilliant" to "awful" - but I am almost inclined to argue that the list of acting strengths here suggests a reasonably wide acting range in the general scheme of things.

I guess these things are just about different perspectives, with a mixture of objectivity and subjectivity. I do think she more than held her own amongst the rest of the cast in 'Buffy'.
I am also semi-heretical about Gellar's acting. She doesn't seem to have much range, but she appears fairly strong in what she can do within that range. There's that whole deep depression thing she does well (Pretty much all of The Return, and, well, she got cast as "Sorrow," says a lot). She does the sexual "I'm warming up" thing ("When She Was Bad," Harvard Man), the ice queen bit (Cruel Intentions and more of BtVS than I would have liked), and even the warm, bouncy thing from Simply Irresistable and Season One that we saw ... far too little of later on. Briefly in Season Seven. I often thought that Buffy's character was crafted around Gellar's strengths as an actress. As much as I liked The Return, her films have been a little one note. I think she got more of a "workout" in acting from BtVS than anything she's done since.


This is funny because I'm sure you just listed about five different ranges of acting from dramatic to funny. It's hilarious that you first stated that she didn't have much range then provided examples...where she played very different roles. People say "Buffy was crafted around her strengths as an actress" as though Buffy was a one-note character that Joss didn't have ideas for long before Sarah came along. She was a very complex character with a myriad of feelings, for fans to recognise that Buffy was a complex character and fail to recognise what Sarah brought to the role is just very curious. Take for example, the woman who played pilot-Willow, who couldn't have done much with the writing because her acting was actually mediocre.

Anyway, a big LOL to this rumour and all the rest. And so it goes...
Maybe smg should act in a James Bond movie. Bond movies are branded and there's a ready audience. smg might crossover into action movies "Indiana Jones", "Rush Hour #", "Die Hard #" or scifi like "Star Wars". They don't have to be major roles, just enough to give her exposure. A good example is Drew Barrymore in Scream 1. Comments?;-)
SMG in Scream 2? :P
An excellent example, does smg need to carry a movie? Why not take smaller roles in movies to build a body of work towards major roles.
My initial reaction to this posssibility was a big "Yah, right", based on what Sarah Michelle has said in the past. Though, it has been years, and people can change their minds...

And I feel that she was among the many extremely talented actors of BtVS, myself. If I looked hard enough, I could find moments for every actor on the show where they maybe didn't quite hit it out of the park - in fact, several come to mind befroe any SMG moments. But the depth, the emotion, the range which she brought... A couple of maybe less obvious examples I look at: her performances as the Buffybot, and as Faith-in-Buffy in "Who Are You?"

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