Finally, something to get us through the Whedonless void that is this year's primetime television schedule.
So it's official: Warner Bros. is rebooting Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a film franchise and Joss Whedon will not be involved. While he was entertainingly glib about it, fans worldwide are losing their collective minds. We here at TWoP agree that Buffy is inextricably linked with Joss' voice and only wish that the studio was revisting one of Whedon's other past properties instead. Folks at Warner's: it's not too late to trade your Buffy reboot for one of the below. We promise we won't mind! (Much.)
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Stuntcasting: most of the time it's an evil force to be mocked and complained about, but on rare occasions, it can actually be brilliant, and breathe new life into shows. It doesn't happen very often, but this past fall was particularly good to us in that respect. Here are the top 10 instances in which some of our favorite shows actually chose their guest stars wisely -- and gave them something compelling to do -- this past fall.
It's Fourth of July weekend! Rooftop parties, fireworks, and red, white and blue diabetes-inducing cocktails. Can't wait. And in line with the whole proud-to-be-American theme that will be beating all of us over the head non-stop for the next few days here in the States, I thought I'd expose some of our most beloved American television characters who are being played by non-Americans. It's like the fun version of the Commie witch-hunt from days of yore. And remember, they can't just be Australian and playing Australian or something, like, say, Jesse Spencer on House. They have to be pretending to be American to count. They also have to be currently on television, all you Anna Friel people. Happy Independence Day, America! There are aliens in disguise all over your TV!
Mr. Buffy is teaming up with Jack Bauer next season, and I'm in heaven. Also, other news.
The casting was brilliant -- get perpetual nice guy Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Death at a Funeral) to play a wacky environmental engineer on Dollhouse, then have him pull a 180 and stand revealed as psychotic ex-Doll Alpha. It was a casting decision that was Whedonesque in its brilliance, and would have been one heck of a shock... if we hadn't found out about it in advance. The spoiler didn't make Tudyk's performance less hypnotic, however, and we can't wait to see where he and Echo will end up at the end of this week's season finale, "Omega." We got to talk to him on a media conference call about the finale, the leak and even the remake of V he'll be appearing in. The last one he couldn't say much about, but we're sure it will all be on the Internet soon enough.
The March 20th episode of Dollhouse is the fabled sixth episode, the one in which everything supposedly changes and the series really kicks into high gear. Angel has already told us her impressions of it, but now we have a lot of questions about the rest of the season -- luckily, show creator Joss Whedon was standing by to take our conference call, and play defense on a bunch of questions about sex, dolls and Dollhouse Season 4.