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  • E!News SMG Returns to TV

    https://www.eonline.com/news/1078584...r-return-to-tv

    Sarah Michelle Gellar is ready to slay TV audiences again, but it'll just be audiences, no vampires this time. In the age of TV revivals, Gellar is leaving the past in the past and turning her eye toward telling new stories that speak to her.

    "Yeah, I took a break for a while," Gellar said about acting, noting she is currently raising two young children—Charlotte, 10, Rocky, 7—and started Foodstirs, a cooking company known for ready-made kits she co-funded. "Foodstirs is at a point where it's in over 8,000 points of distribution and we're doing so well. And I said, now is sort of the time where my kids are in school full-time and Foodstirs is running and working and doesn't need me there every day. And I felt like I had a little bit more story to tell."

    The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star, who was promoting her partnership with and use of Colgate Optic White products in her busy day-to-day life ("It's whitening that works," she said), had her last series regular TV gig in 2014 opposite Robin Williams in The Crazy Ones. Now, she has two TV shows in development. There's Sometimes I Lie, which she's working on with Ellen DeGeneres, and Other People's Houses with Ringer creators Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder. In these projects, Gellar is both star and executive producer.

    "I think I'm at a point now where I work better in that capacity, where when I have my hand in sort of all the little pots and I can sort of shape and create and really tell the story that I want to tell as opposed to having it determined for me. I just think I'm at that point where, where I've earned that, and I kind of need that," Gellar told E! News about her behind-the-scenes involvement on her new TV projects.

    Both of the TV projects Gellar is working on are based on books she devoured.

    Sometimes I Lie follows Amber Reynolds, a woman who wakes up in a hospital and is unable to move, speak or open her eyes. Unbeknownst to those around her, she can hear everything. Gellar said she was drawn to the idea of an unreliable narrator and the twists and turns that shocked her in the book. The limited series will also explore a toxic friendship. Specifically, "the toxicity that happens between two women and how codependent and how competitive that friendship can be."

    With her Fox project, Other People's Houses, Gellar said she wanted to look beyond the curated lives people manufacture on social media by telling viewers what's really happening behind the screen. "We would love to really tell the story of what you see and what the reality actually is and how that affects how we look at ourselves, how we judge ourselves and how we feel about ourselves," she said.

    Gellar shot to fame before social media. She first became known to TV viewers, and won a Daytime Emmy, for her work in the early 1990s as All My Children's Kendall Hart. She made her jump to primetime famously with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As the titular slayer in the series created by Joss Whedon, Gellar quickly became the face of TV badassery—and remains to this day, both at home with her kids and husband Freddie Prinze Jr.. and to legions of fans around the world.


    "Actually, the other day…Rocky was saying how men can kick butt and Freddie was saying, ‘Well women kick butt too.' And he was like, ‘What do you mean?' And I saw Freddie pulled up—there's like a YouTube thing of the best Buffy action sequences or whatever. And he was showing it to Rocky and Rocky said, ‘That looks like my mom! And I said, ‘That is your mom!' And he was like, ‘Oh!'"

    When the time comes, should her kids be interested in learning about Sunnydale, the Hellmouth, Angel and everything that comes along with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gellar will welcome but not force it. "Charlotte is not old enough yet, I don't think, ‘cause I think that the concepts and the true story of the narrative is over her head, but she has definitely expressed it," she said.

    But neither her kids nor diehard fans will see Gellar pick up Mr. Pointy and stake some vampires unless they're streaming old episodes. While news of a Buffy reboot made headlines in 2018, Gellar, who previously wished the project well, is keeping that chapter closed and said she wouldn't be involved in any capacity.

    "No. I've told my story, right? My Buffy was the incarnation of the horrors of adolescence manifested as actual demons. I am not an adolescent. I don't work in that story. And what I love is that the story that I told still resonates and is still important. Now, if someone did a new version of it, all it would do is draw people back to the original, which I think is awesome, but I don't work in sort of…in that world," she said.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy The Vampire Slayer.ZUMA Press
    Despite previously revisiting the cult-hit Cruel Intentions in a pilot for a sequel series, Gellar said she's done with revivals and reboots. "You know, I think ultimately you realize that you tell a story at the time, and then you close that chapter. For me, I think it's best because I'm at a different point in my life than I was when I told that story. So, any incarnation that I did now would be different anyways? So, I'm not sure if they totally work together," she said.

    But, Gellar said, reboots and sequel series do have a place, citing the success of Fuller House and Magnum PI. "I'm not sure how well it works in a world where people are still revisiting [a show]. Like, I don't want to see a Friends reboot. So that's sort of where I lay in it. But, by the way, that's just my opinion. I'm one person."

    Even though it ended in 2003, viewers are still revisiting or finding Buffy the Vampire Slayer thanks to streaming, comic books and high-profile fans like Stacey Abrams. The show has become multi-generational as viewers of the original seven-season run introduce it to their families now.

    "I think that's what's so great," she said. "You always want to be a part of something that's impactful…that has a legacy that holds up. And I think that's what's so incredible about the show, is that while it was relevant when it was made, it's still relevant today and that it still touches people and still has that same emotional impact."

    Just because Gellar is looking to the future, doesn't mean she isn't respectful of Buffy's legacy and her longtime association with the hero. "As Buffy would say, ‘It doesn't suck,'" she said.

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    There was an absolutely stunning picture of her online a few days ago. She wore an orange dress and looked fantastic. I‘ll try to find it and link it.

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    • #3
      I can't wait to see her back on tv again. I do hope she can find some success, she deserves it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by flow View Post
        There was an absolutely stunning picture of her online a few days ago. She wore an orange dress and looked fantastic. I‘ll try to find it and link it.

        flow
        Would it be this one by any chance?



        If it is I agree that she looks incredible.

        I'm not typically invested in the actors who play the characters but I do really enjoy following SMG's instagram. Her instagram strikes the right balance between appearing grounded and normal with still a small dose of celebrity and, even, the occasional Buffy reference. If it's taught me anything it's that even when you've kept a low profile for a while the perks of being a celebrity never really wanes. If her instagram is anything to go by she still seems very connected amongst Hollywood circles and seemingly enjoys a lot of celebrity perks (backstage passes to concerts, fashion shows, events etc.) It makes it a lot easier to understand how she can get 'back into the game' upon her choosing.

        To be honest, I'm pretty envious of her life. She appears to have a great family, a stable husband which is really rare in the industry, a successful food empire, and she's looking amazing at the moment and she's clearly feeling it - as she damn well should. I was also really happy to see her publicly come out and set the record straight once and for all about her political persuasions (she's a Democrat! Yay!) because it's pretty important to me in this current political climate.

        I really wish her all the best and I hope that both series are a success for her.

        They really need to stop asking her about a Buffy reboot, though. How many times does she have to say it?
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        • #5
          vampmogs:
          Would it be this one by any chance?
          Yessss! She is gorgeous, isn't she?

          I'm not typically invested in the actors who play the characters
          Yeah, me too. And honestly I don't think I would have much to say to her should we ever meet by any chance. But she does give the impression that she is not only a person who is happy or at least leading a fulfilling life but she also gives me the impression that she would still be as happy if she would never ever attend any Hollywood event again or never meet any other celebrity again. She can move in those circles but she doesn't have to. I also always get very frustrated when celebrities raise their kids as if childhood is a circus . You know, like the Kanye/Kardashian kids or the Jolie/Pitt kids. But SMG seems to be very down-to-earth as a mom.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by vampmogs View Post
            Would it be this one by any chance?



            If it is I agree that she looks incredible.

            I'm not typically invested in the actors who play the characters but I do really enjoy following SMG's instagram. Her instagram strikes the right balance between appearing grounded and normal with still a small dose of celebrity and, even, the occasional Buffy reference. If it's taught me anything it's that even when you've kept a low profile for a while the perks of being a celebrity never really wanes. If her instagram is anything to go by she still seems very connected amongst Hollywood circles and seemingly enjoys a lot of celebrity perks (backstage passes to concerts, fashion shows, events etc.) It makes it a lot easier to understand how she can get 'back into the game' upon her choosing.

            To be honest, I'm pretty envious of her life. She appears to have a great family, a stable husband which is really rare in the industry, a successful food empire, and she's looking amazing at the moment and she's clearly feeling it - as she damn well should. I was also really happy to see her publicly come out and set the record straight once and for all about her political persuasions (she's a Democrat! Yay!) because it's pretty important to me in this current political climate.

            I really wish her all the best and I hope that both series are a success for her.

            They really need to stop asking her about a Buffy reboot, though. How many times does she have to say it?
            Sadly spurred on because some rag listed them as Republican recently which prompted some fool to throw an unopened can of tea at her husband's head.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by HardlyThere View Post
              Sadly spurred on because some rag listed them as Republican recently which prompted some fool to throw an unopened can of tea at her husband's head.
              I was a little surprised with vampmogs words about her being Democrat important to him. Because what would be even the chances of otherwise? There are like only a few men openly supporting Republicans in Hollywood and I can't even name a single woman that do the same. But reading such crazy stuff, I wonder, how many people in Hollywood do support Republicans, but are afraid of admitting so.

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              • #8
                I like what she said about the reboot craze and agree 100%. It's so played out and unnecessary. We need more original shows and movies instead of the same stuff being rehashed over and over again.

                Originally posted by HardlyThere
                Sadly spurred on because some rag listed them as Republican recently which prompted some fool to throw an unopened can of tea at her husband's head.
                Wow. When and where did this happen?

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                • #9
                  I do not want any of the Buffy people taking part in a reboot. I might be compelled to watch it because I try to keep up with them.

                  Originally posted by Andrew S. View Post
                  Wow. When and where did this happen?
                  It was after that thing with Debra Messing. Someone included him and Sarah in a list of Hollywood Republicans. He talked about it on a podcast with a friend.

                  FPJ: Someone said that I was Republican on their chain. I legit had someone scream "F***ing Trumper!" and throw an unopened Arizona Iced Tea can at me. This was like two days after she tweeted that. Now if that would have hit me in the head, that's a wrap.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by flow View Post
                    vampmogs:

                    Yessss! She is gorgeous, isn't she?
                    Lately she's honestly looked the best she has in years. Certainly not that she has ever looked bad, mind you, but over these last few months she's been pure fire

                    Originally posted by Alce View Post
                    I was a little surprised with vampmogs words about her being Democrat important to him. Because what would be even the chances of otherwise? There are like only a few men openly supporting Republicans in Hollywood and I can't even name a single woman that do the same. But reading such crazy stuff, I wonder, how many people in Hollywood do support Republicans, but are afraid of admitting so.
                    There's been rumours for years that SMG was a Republican. I always doubted it based on her some of her public comments (pro-gun control even back in the 90s, anti-Proposition 8, pro Obama and she blatantly said she voted for Hillary) but it's nice to see her explicitly put a rest to the rumours once and for all.

                    This is the first I've heard of what caused her to speak out though

                    Originally posted by HardlyThere View Post
                    It was after that thing with Debra Messing. Someone included him and Sarah in a list of Hollywood Republicans. He talked about it on a podcast with a friend.
                    Did Debra Messing say they were Republicans? I've seen her like a bunch of SMG's photos over the years so I'm surprised if there's suddenly animosity there now?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by vampmogs View Post
                      There's been rumours for years that SMG was a Republican. I always doubted it based on her some of her public comments (pro-gun control even back in the 90s, anti-Proposition 8, pro Obama and she blatantly said she voted for Hillary) but it's nice to see her explicitly put a rest to the rumours once and for all.

                      This is the first I've heard of what caused her to speak out though [\
                      I’ve heard those rumors too and they always struck me as odd because she nor her husband have ever even been quoted as stating they’re Republicans. But when did she explicitly speak out on the rumors? I don’t care that much about celebrity political leanings, but given the controversy about hers throughout the years, it’s good she made it clear.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Andrew S. View Post
                        I’ve heard those rumors too and they always struck me as odd because she nor her husband have ever even been quoted as stating they’re Republicans. But when did she explicitly speak out on the rumors? I don’t care that much about celebrity political leanings, but given the controversy about hers throughout the years, it’s good she made it clear.
                        She posted about it recently on her Instagram story;

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by vampmogs View Post
                          Did Debra Messing say they were Republicans? I've seen her like a bunch of SMG's photos over the years so I'm surprised if there's suddenly animosity there now?
                          I'm not; Debra Messing has probably just gradually purged that part of a functional human being's personality where they don't need to agree on politics or religion to be warm and friendly with others.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by vampmogs View Post
                            Did Debra Messing say they were Republicans? I've seen her like a bunch of SMG's photos over the years so I'm surprised if there's suddenly animosity there now?
                            No, it wasn't Debra herself, it was in the comment chain. She was listed along with others as Trump supporters.

                            Sarah did not pinpoint that incident herself as the reason, but it would be a major coincidence if it wasn't the cause.

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                            • #15
                              All said regarding writers, producers, actors, directors, viewers, readers, etc. are what I remember, my opinions, etc.




                              * I'll watch SMG's shows--if the reviews say they are at least decent.


                              * After Joss Whedon got The Avengers , the power dynamic for a Buffyverse reboot has landed squarely with Joss. Drew Goddard, Marti Noxon, and Steven DeKnight are all bigger 'Hollywood' players now than SMG is.

                              I highly doubt that if SMG was offered $50MM to do a Buffyverse TV series, miniseries, or movie that she'd turn it down.


                              * Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar probably were Republicans. But remember that this was the Republican Party of 2000 A.D. and before. The Tea Party didn't happen until around 2010 A.D. And 'Trumpism' only began around 2015 A.D. and has gotten steadily worse since. The GOP of nowadays is NOT comparable to the GOP of George Walker Bush. And it is not comparable to Romney/Ryan.

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