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"There's a whole recipe for how to make a Buffy. Take one cup Sarah Connor from the first Terminator movie; one cup Ripley; three tablespoons of the younger sister in 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."
      ------  Joss Whedon


LARA plays the Buffy Theme on violin.


In an interview with the Sunday Times in 2013, Gellar said that she would only reprise the character of Buffy Summers if she were to appear on SESAME STREET, which is her daughter Charlotte's favourite TV show. "I could share a scene with Elmo. I mean, I've worked with some great people – Andy Garcia, Forest Whitaker - but they're not Elmo", she said, noting that she would also be willing to share a scene with Count von Count. Gellar appeared on Sesame Street for the first time on 7 January 2014. She and Elmo discussed the word disapointed Video is available on YouTube.


Amber Grove (left) and stuntwoman Lisa Dempsey (right)

In Season One Episode Three, Buffy tries out for cheerleader and ends up saving Amber Grove, another cheerleading hopeful, from a fiery death. According to the Buffy Wiki, Grove was played by an "unknown actress". I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Grove was played by stuntwoman Lisa Dempsey, who was known to have worked on this episode. Dempsey is 1.6m tall, has brown hair and blue eyes, and lists "partial burns" as one of her specialties.


Tamblyn (left) as Janice Penshaw in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Amber Tamblyn portrayed Dawn's best friend, Janice Penshaw. Penshaw is mentioned throughout Season Six, but she appears in only one episode (Season 6 Episode 6 which is the *Halloween episode for 2001). In that episode, she and Dawn tell their mothers they spending the night at each other's homes and then sneak out to with a couple of boys who turn out to be vampires. Dawn gets her first kiss and Janice is bitten. They are both rescued; Penshaw by Giles, and Dawn by Buffy and Spike. In Season 6 Episode 12 Dawn says that Janice's sister is a lawyer.

The Great Tragedy of the Buffy HD Remaster, by Passion of the Nerd.


Ginger Williams

Ginger Williams, who played the girl whose death brought the gypsy curse on Angel (Buffy Episode #34), appeared on RINGER 14 November as the receptionist for Siobhan's shrink. She was also Clorissa in the 1999 film CRUEL INTENTIONS. Her BTVS appearance was also her acting debut.


Vladimir Putin, Dima Sokolov, and the Bulgarian shepherd Buffy

Russian PM Vladimir Putin has renamed his new Bulgarian shepherd puppy Buffy, after a national contest to choose a new name for the dog. The Russians admit to no connection to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The name was chosen by a 5-year-old from Moscow, Dima Sokolov. Dima said the name was found on the internet with the help of his parents. The dog was previously known as Yorgo.


Jennifer Sky in Xena (left) and in Buffy

Musetta Vander was Ilainus in "Amphipolis Under Siege" (Xena episode 104). She was also Natalie French in "Teacher's Pet" (Episode 4 of BTVS).

And Jennifer Sky was Heidi Barrie in Buffy Season One Episode Six (THE PACK) and (possessed by hyenas) was one of the group who ate Principal Flutie. Sky was also Amarice in 6 episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess.


Harry Groener as Mayor Wilkins

In a whimsical moment, Harry Groener, the actor who played Mayor Richard Wilkins in 14 episodes of BTVS, was cast in the role of Nathan Samuels in the penultimate episode of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. The name of the episode was "DEMONS"


Jiang Shi In Chinese lore, the undead hop like bunnies, and appear in varying states of decay, depending on how long they were dead before returning to life. They fear their own reflection. They are called jiang shi, and their hoppiness most likely derives from the widespread practice in ancient China of transporting a corpse from his place of death to his hometown for burial. China being a big place even then, that often involved a journey of many hundreds of kilometers.

The bodies would often be carried home by a friend or family member. To make carrying the corpse easier, it was wrapped tightly in a shroud.

Before embalming became common, catalepsy sometimes caused people to be buried when they were not really dead. If the body were tightly wrapped, and a cataleptic "came back to life", hopping would be their natural form of locomotion, at least until they could figure out how to get themselves free of the shroud.

Buffy never got to China, although Spike did. Chinese vampires are never discussed in BTVS.


This playlist has three TV ads with Kristine Sutherland, a 1985 ad for Diet Coke, a 2011 ad for Healthy Choice Frozen Dinners, and one from 1991 for Lipton Golden Saute.

Sutherland changed her name because there was another actor with the name Kristine Young. She took Sutherland from her cat, which was named Donald (after Donald Sutherland). The actor who precipitated the name change is now Kristine Young Gaffney and works as an editor for various reality shows. Her first TV role was as mystery writer Pamela Johns on REMINGTON STEELE.


Sarah Michelle Gellar and Cher at press conference in NYC in 1999 "Living Conditions", Season 4 Episode 2, deals primarily with Buffy's interaction with her demon-like roomie who plays the Cher song "Believe" repeatedly throughout the episode. Not really Buffy's music. Somehow this let to a Gellar appearance at a Cher press conference in New York. "Believe" was number one at the time, and Cher was the oldest person ever to have a number one single.


Riff Regan was Willow. She is now Director of Operations for a non-profit HIV/AIDS organization in Washington, D.C. Stephen Tobolowski, who was the principal in the MAD ABOUT YOU episode "Uncle Phil Goes Back to High School", played Principal Flutie.


Kyle Kallgren aka Oancitizen, a video reviewer on thatguywiththeglasses.com, has summarized each Buffy episode through Season 3 Episode 9 on Tumbler in a limerick. Below is an example (Season 1 Episode 1).

Kyle Kallgren
The two Summers women arrive
In a new town to start their new lives
Ones with no expulsions
And no gym explosions
(Let’s just hope that Buffy survives)


The first line spoken by Buffy in episode one, season one was: "I'm up, mom." In the pilot, her first line (after correcting the Principal about her name twice) was: "Principal Flutie, I'm not here to cause trouble." The last word spoken by Buffy in the last episode of the series was "Spike". (In response to a question by Giles as to what caused the giant crater.)


Buffy birthday cake 2004 Buffy's birthday was celebrated each year (except for Season 7) in a mid-January episode. In the first-year birthday episode, Buffy's school records are displayed twice on a computer. In one view, we see that Buffy was born on 24 October 1980, and she is a sophomore. The second time we see the records, her birthday is 6 May 1979, and she is a senior. Clearly the records are in error. Joss Whedon asserted at one point that Buffy's birthday is 19 January 1981, but this is not borne out by other evidence.

The date is January 22, 1981, because in 1999, her eighteenth birthday fell on a Friday. As it is also known that Buffy's birthday is on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius, it must be January 22.


Spike, who is not supposed to breathe, smokes cigarettes. He is either a demon or a human with delusions of vampirehood. He is clearly not an illusion, as is evidenced by his trail of cigarette butts.


Juliet Landau and Johnny Depp in the 1994 film ED WOOD Juliet Landau will have a recurring role as Rita Tedesco, a court reporter with a secret, in Season Five of the Amazon series BOSCH. Asked by Colleen Bement of Nerd Alert News to describe her character, Laudau said, in part: "Rita is an extremely interesting role. She’s multi-faceted and is unlike any character I’ve played before. She’s living a dual life and hiding a huge part of who she is. I became completely obsessed and engrossed in researching the elements of her secret life, which I can’t share until after April 19th, when the season drops."

Juliet Landau and Julie Benz Landau also is making the definitive vampire documentary, A PLACE AMONG THE UNDEAD, and she wants your help. She has launched an indiegogo page to raise $300,000 to make the film a reality. Landau calls the film, which includes interviews with Tim Burton, Ann Rice, Joss Whedon, and many others a tapestry of interlinking narratives inspired by the conversations. Every interviewee, she says, shares stories that have never before been seen on film.

Amber Benson  
and Alexa Vachon in DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE Amber Benson wrote the screenplay for MORNING SHOW MYSTERIES: A MURDER IN MIND, the third in a series of films based on Al Roker's novel. Billie Blessings (Holly Robinson Peete) sets out to prove that her friend, TV star Katie Sanders (Hilary Jardine), is not a murderer. A MURDER IN MIND will premiere on 14 April at 9/8c on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Benson will be a guest at Clexacon 2019 at the Tropicana in Las Vegas (11-15 April). Benson will be there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Once More With Feeling album cover art The original cast recording of Buffy's musical episode will be released on vinyl for the first time in May and can now be pre-ordered on the Mondo website. Mondo Record Label Manager Mo Shafeek said in a press release: "We’ve been huge fans of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer for decades. Our obsession with the musical episode ‘Once More With Feeling’ inadvertently presented a solution to a long standing problem of how to best entry point for us to celebrate the brilliantly singular, yet expansive series. It took a few years to get it perfect, but we couldn’t be prouder with the artwork that Paul Mann put together—including some truly inspired additional design by Chris Bilheimer and Eric Montes, who came up with the idea of the ‘Slaybill’ lyric booklet."

Emma Caulfield, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Benson, Once More With Feeling BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: "Once More, With Feeling" tracklist:
1 - Overture / Going Through the Motions
2 - I’ve Got a Theory/Bunnies
      / If We’re Together
3 - The Mustard
4 - Under Your Spell
5 - I’ll Never Tell
6 - The Parking Ticket
7 - Rest in Peace
8 - Dawn’s Lament
9 - Dawn’s Ballet
10 - What You Feel
11 - Standing
12 - Under Your Spell / Standing – Reprise
13 - Walk Through the Fire
14 - Something to Sing About
15 - What You Feel – Reprise
16 - Where Do We Go From Here?
17 - Coda
18 - End Credits (Broom Dance / Grr Arrgh)
19 - Main Title

Pop-culture artist, designer, and illustrator Laz Marquez has been creating a poster for each Buffy episode. She posts a new one on twitter each Tuesday. Her latest is for Season 2 Episode 1, as well as the poster she did for "I Robot, You Jane" (below).

Buffy Poster 'I Robot You Jane' by Laz Marquez Buffy Poster Episode 2.1 by Laz Marquez Laz Marquez

A reboot of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is in development at Fox 21 TV Studios. Monica Owusu-Breen will be writer, executive producer, and showrunner. Joss Whedon will executive produce. Right now, the plan is for the new slayer to be African-American.

David Boreanaz at NYCC Asked about the proposed Buffy TV reboot, Sarah Michelle Gellar told People Magazine: "At the end of the day, it’s all about great storytelling. If a story lives on, then I think it should be told in any incarnation it can be told in." Asked a similar question at New York Comic Con, David Boreanaz (Angel) said: "Come on, guys, it’s a good thing...I’m very happy for them. They want to embrace a new generation, something new. Everybody wants old, they want to go back, which I can understand. You want to see us back in these roles. It’s great, it’s cool, [but] things move on, stories evolve, times change."

Alyson Hannigan in DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN (2016) Alyson Hannigan will be Esther Dunkel, a recurring character in the second season of PURE. Ester is a lapsed Mennonite who has been helping her lawyer boyfriend funnel a large amount of cash through a local bank. When the cops start closing in, she will attempt to engineer her own escape. The six-part Super Channel original production will tell the continuing story of Noah and Anna Funk, Mennonites trying to protect their family and preserve their faith while battling corruption within their community. Season Two of PURE will premiere on HULU early in 2019.

Abruptio DiirectorEvan Marlowe with cast members Carole Ruggier and  Kerry Findlayson James Marsters (Spike) will be the voice of Les Hackel, a guy down on his luck who wakes to find an explosive device has been implanted in his neck, in ABRUPTIO. Hackel must carry out heinous crimes in order to stay alive while trying to identify the mastermind manipulating him. Written and directed by Evan Marlowe, ABRUPTIO stars realistic, life-sized puppets, and is scheduled for release in The Netherlands on 28 March 2019. The film is raising money for production with a seed and spark page.

The 2018 San Diego Comic-Con featured a "Buffy Vampire Hunt" through San Diego on Saturday, 21 July. Participants in the hunt acted as slayers and had to locate various vampire nests across the Gaslamp District and throughout the San Diego Convention Center. At each location, prizes were waiting, including Buffy Funko figures, posters, T-shirts, and comics.

Annabel Scholey, Fiona Button, Nicola Walker, and Anthony Head - The Split Asked about a Buffy reboot, Anthony Head (Giles) told Megan Davies of Digital Spy: "I think if [Whedon] could do the animated series that he originally wanted to do, that would be quite a good reboot. Because the comic book, they're in series 11, he's kept it going in comic books, but he backed off the TV." Head is Oscar in BBC One's new drama THE SPLIT, about a family of divorce lawyers. He will also be Lord Steyne in Gwyneth Hughes' adaptation of VANITY FAIR, which will debut on ITV later this year ahead of its U.S. premiere on Amazon Prime.

Buffy Earpers podcast art BUFFY EARPERS is a new podcast which is doing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer rewatch from the perspective of a fan of the SyFy series WYNONNA EARP (which show contains more than a few Buffy references). Episode two of the podcast came out on 10 November, and focses on Buffy episodes 1.1 through 1.4. Hosted by Kat Jensen and Kevin Bachelder, BUFFY EARPERS is avaialble on iTunes.

Emma Caulfield as the blind witch in the gingerbread house Emma Caulfield (Anya), was FBI agent Cameron Chase in episode 13 of SUPERGIRL. (See The Mary Sue for more details on the character.) Caulfield reprised her fole as the blind witch who tried to eat Hansel and Gretel in the ONCE UPON A TIME episode "Souls of the Departed"

In an article dated 5 August, DEN OF GEEK explains Why Buffy fans should watch Lost Girl. Here's an excerpt:

Lost Girl’s heroine, Bo (Anna Silk), obviously owes a lot to Buffy: she’s snarky, streetwise, and more than c omfortable with a weapon in her hand. They’ve even got similar fashion sense, if you squint a bit. Bo isn’t Buffy though. For one thing, she’s older; she’s been out of school and in the world for years when the show starts, and that makes a difference to the kinds of adventures she finds herself dragged into.

Bo (Anna Silk) of Lost Girl and Buffy

The Lost Girl podcast DRINKS AT THE DAL discussed the similarities and differences between Lost Girl's heroine Bo and Buffy Summers in an episode titled Half Pint: Bo vs Buffy.

The first use of the word 'google' on television was on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 7 Episode 4, in this sequence of dialog:
WILLOW: "Have you googled her yet?"
XANDER: "She's 17!"
WILLOW: "It's a search engine."

Erica Luttrell was the first Buffy castmember to appear on LOST GIRL. She was autograph seeker Kelly in the Buffy episode Superstar in 2000. She was Val Santiago in two LOST GIRL episodes.

Erica Luttrell as Karen in the Buffy episode SUPERSTAR Erica Luttrell as Val Santiago in LOST GIRL

On 31 July 2013, Sarah Michelle Gellar said this about appearing in a Buffy film: Joss and I always talk about [a movie]. But the thing with Buffy is that Buffy was a movie, and it ultimately didn’t work as a film. And I mean, we had such miles to overcome when we were trying to do a TV show based on a movie. And one of the reasons is that the story works better over time. If there was ever the right story, we would do it. At this point, the stake would be my walker and I would be hobbling in.

Natasha Lyonne, Nicky Nichols on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, has said she once turned down a "high profile role" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Rachel Bilson (Potential Slayrer Colleen) appeared in the 200th episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. In a flashback, it was revealed how her character, Cindy, learned she was a lesbian. (She kisses The Mother, played by Cristin Milioti, who was her roomie at the time. See photo below.) Bilson appeared in two previous episodes of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHERBig Days and Girls vs Suits. Another potential slayer from Buffy Season 7 has recently worked with Alyson Hannigan. Dania Ramirez (Carida) is Trisha in AMERICAN REUNION, the fourth film in the American Pie series.

Dana Ramirez and Rachel Bilson in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

According to PEOPLE MAGAZINE, Elizabeth Taylor and her great-grandson Finn McMurray watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer together.

Carmine Giovinazzo and Julie Benz in the opening scene from Buffy The first character to die in BTVS had no name, and was played by Carmine Giovinazzo. He was devoured by Julie Benz in the opening scene of Episode 1. Giovinazzo is starring as a detective named Dare in the 2012 film DUKE, which is a "western" set in West Los Angeles. Dare has a friend from reformatory named Roost who watches old John Wayne films, and helps him pursue his nemesis, Winky.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales is a hardcover book of Buffy stories written by Joss Whedon, Amber Benson, Jane Espenson, and others. Many of the stories were written prior to the Season 8 stories, and others are selected stories from Season 8. It includes the story of the first Slayer drawn by Leinil Yu.

Julia Lee as Constance Hackaway Julia Lee, whose character in BTVS had no fewer than three names (Chanterelle, Lily and Anne) and which crossed over into three episodes of ANGEL, is the image used (since 2006) by Disney to portray Constance Hatchaway, the "Black Widow Bride" at their Haunted Mansion.

According to MOVIEHOLE, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos thinks that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is on the list of shows Netflix would possibly consider doing something with in the future. "That's one that'll come up on everyone’s list" he said. "She's a great character. If it was my property I'd do infrequent movies. There's not enough kick-ass female characters like that."

On Halloween 2012, Kate Nash, Emmy the Great and others took over a screen in the Hackney Picture House in London for a complete performance of the music from the BTVS episode Once More with Feeling.