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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: An Oral History of "Hush"

The Gentlemen

Over the years, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has become the litmus test for feminist drama. But creator Joss Whedon didn't just turn gender roles on their head with his spunky vampire slayer. He flipped, remixed and defied all television conventions, preferring to play with the medium in novel and unexpected ways. While the Season 6 musical episode "Once More with Feeling" might be the most talked-about example of this, "Hush" is arguably the most eloquent.

Sandwiched in the middle of Season 4, "Hush," which aired Dec. 14, 1999, took away the thing that Buffy had become most famous for — the snappy, witty dialogue — forcing the episode to rely solely on musical cues and pantomime to tell the story of yet another murderous monster rampage in Sunnydale.

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The Guide to Tuesday TV: TNT's Mystery Movie, Rudolph, Sons and More!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

TNT is going by the book in its approach to launching what the network is calling Mystery Movie Night, reviving a classic genre of TV by leaning heavily on best-selling brand names in the first wave of six titles airing through December on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. read more

Exclusive First Look: Buffy's Amber Benson Makes Her Ringer Debut

Amber Benson

Tara's a stripper now?

On the midseason finale of Ringer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Amber Benson makes her debut as a stripper with a heart of gold — or at least, we like to think so. Benson, who portrayed Willow's ill-fated girlfriend Tara on Buffy, will portray another Tara on Ringer: A stripper who worked with Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) in Wyoming who's also an informant for Agent Machado (Nestor Carbonell).

Exclusive: Ringer to have a Buffy reunion!

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Exclusive: Ringer to Have a Buffy Reunion!


Maybe this will help the weak ratings: Sarah Michelle Gellar will reunite with one of her Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-stars on Ringer.
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Buffy Alum Adam Busch to Guest-Star on Grey's Anatomy

Adam Busch

Another Buffy alum is heading for the halls of Seattle Grace.

Adam Busch, who played evil-doer Warren, will guest-star on Grey's Anatomy as ... read more

Exclusive: Private Practice Taps into Buffyverse Once Again

Amber Benson

First, there was Amy Acker (aka Angel's "Fred"). She guest-starred on Private Practice's Season 2 premiere (and next can be seen on Fox's upcoming Dollhouse).

More recently (and as first reported by me), you got Alexis Denisof/"Wesley."

Who will be the next former denizen of the Buffyverse to make an appointment with the doctors of Oceanside Wellness? It's Amber Benson, I can tell you exclusively.

What brings Buffy's Tara to Addison's work digs? Sources tell me ... read more

MTV's First Political Ad Spurs a Response from Buffy Alum

Amber Benson by Jean-Paul Aussenard/

In recent weeks, MTV announced it would start accepting ad dollars for political spots for the first time. Now that an ad — an anti-Barack Obama commercial called "Both Ways Barack" — has made its debut, Buffy alum Amber Benson teamed up with to release a response in support of Obama. According to the New York Times, Boy Meets World alum Rider Strong joined her for "It Could Happen to You," which is running on Comedy Central. The ad spoofs other commercial styles, including one specific spot that should be familiar to anyone who had a TV in the 1980s.Is Benson's foray in political messaging effective, or does it fall flat? Watch here and weigh in. — Anna DimondRelated:• Christina Aguilera Rocks the Vote – Extended Version!• John Cusack Gets Political in Anti-McCain Ad read more

My old Smurf t-shirt doesn't ...

Question: My old Smurf t-shirt doesn't fit me anymore. I'll send it to you in exchange for some Supernatural prattle!

Answer: You got a deal! I just found out that Buffy's Amber Benson will guest star in the episode “Bloodlust.”  She plays — get this — a vampire(!) who kidnaps Sam, but then delivers some very surprising news that causes the Winchesters to rethink their stand on the supernatural.

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