Friday, March 21, 2008

Oh, Buffy, How I Miss You

The highlight of the Paley Fest no doubt had to have been the "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer" reunion held last night.

Bloggers galore have been writing enthusiastically about it.

You can read about what went on here: http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Ausiello-Report/Scoop-Spoilers-Secrets/800035980

and here: http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Roush-Dispatch/Joss-Whedon-Buffy/800035958

and here: http://www.thefutoncritic.com/rant.aspx?id=20080320

It's a testament to the quality of the show that nearly five years after it ended people are still jazzed to get any Buffy discussion going. Don't forget, both "Buffy" and "Angel" still live on in comic book form, with series creator Joss Whedon writing or approving the scripts that form the hypothetical next seasons of each series. ("Angel," in particular, has had some really great twists to it).

It only gets my juices going even more when Whedon's new series "Dollhouse," starring "Buffy" alum Eliza Dushku, will hit the airwaves next season on Fox.

MY BAD: The big "Lost" ending Michael Emerson alluded to will be in the first episode when the series returns in a few weeks.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: I always like it when I find little nuggets on cable. "Futurama" never got as much ink as other adult-oriented animated series out there, but I enjoyed it just as much as "The Simpsons" or "Family Guy." I never got the chance to catch the direct-to-DVD "Futurama" movie, "Bender's Big Score," when it came out, but now I can see it with everyone else when it debuts this Sunday on Comedy Central at 8 p.m.

The very-disappointing "Return of Jezebel James" (Fox, 8:30 p.m.) is new tonight, disappointing in that it's really not good, surprising with all the talent attached to it.

"Torchwood" (BBC America, Sat., 9 p.m.) is all new, heading toward the end of its second season.

On Sunday, the miniseries "John Adams" (HBO, 9 p.m.) continues as Adams and Ben Franklin head to France.

And finally, the NCAA tournament will be running all weekend on CBS. Hopefully, your brackets aren't too busted.

7 comments:

zodin2008 said...

My brackets aren't TOO busted, but I am still seething over the horrifying officiating yesterday that helped cost Georgia their first round game with Xavier. Seething.

"Lost" was amazing as usual and the end of the episode, letting us know about the show's hiatus until April, revealed that Aaron the baby IS considered one of the 'Oceanic 6'. I found that bit of news incredibly disappointing.

You may have missed my belated comments in your Thursday blog, but after last week's GUM COMMERCIAL episode of "Smallville" and this week's wretched episode (not to mention the news that Michael Rosenbaum will no longer be a full fledged castmember next season - what - no LEX?) I think it maybe time to officially let go of this show.

As for "John Adams", fantastic first part last week, and still have on my DVR, Part II. The performances alone of Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as the second couple make it worth tuning in.

Plus, you know, it's American history so it's good for those "American Idol" and "Survivor" viewers to, you know, flex their brain muscles once in a while and watch something of historical value.

zodin2008 said...

As for 'Buffy' reunions, I would prefer to actually see that ON TV.

The fact that this show never won an emmy for anything more than costume designs and set pieces is still the single biggest crime perpetrated by Emmy voters, ever, and this includes the outrageous 2005 Emmy snub of Forest Whitaker (so breathtaking on "The Shield") or all those ignored years of "Homicide" or Edie Falco losing to Patricia Arquette, which is like the Red Sox or Yankees losing a Baseball game to a pee wee team.

Phillip Ramati said...

Well, yeah, obviously a return of Buffy to the airwaves would be ideal, but beggars can't be choosers at this point.

The free-throw discrepancy in the Georgia game was pretty ridiculous, but as a UGA fan, I'm just glad they made it in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Uh, try again zodin. The single biggest crime perpetrated by Emmy voters is, hands down, their yearly decision to ignore "The Wire." A fan of "Homicide" ought to recognize that.

(not to take away from the fact that "Buffy" was still a nifty little series there for a while)

Phillip Ramati said...

In terms of fantasy/sci-fi, the Emmy voters have never shown any interest in any TV series really, except in technical awards. You almost have to tip your had to the voters in how consistent they are in refusing to even acknowledge the work of anyone involved in any series involved in a fantasy world.

With the exception of the Twiligh Zone, now a half-century old, I can't think of any fantasy-based series to earn nominations, let alone statues.

zodin2008 said...

SORRY, anonymous, "The Wire" maybe a fantastic, fantastic series that absolutely should have been nominated for a host of Emmy's by now (and acting and writing categories), but the yearly ignorance of "Buffy" was a more egregious crime as to many of us, "Buffy" was the single best Television series of all time.

"The Wire" is great and a top 10-15 of all time.

As for "Homicide", the Emmy folks owe Andre Braugher alone about 6-7 Emmy's.

Phillip Ramati said...

Really, comparing The Wire and Buffy is a bit apples-and-oranges unlike The Wire and Homicide.

Frankly, I am more surprised that a show like the Wire doesn't get more Emmy love because it is a cop show and it's on HBO, both popular choices with the Emmy crowd.

A fantasy show like Buffy, which aired on WB/UPN, really never had a shot. As much as I wanted to see Buffy honored, unfortunately I can't say I'm surprised it wasn't.