Before she was Buffy, Sarah Michelle Gellar played Kendall Hart, the daughter of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) on All My Children. With the soap opera going off the air in September, Gellar has made plans to return — but not as Kendall. In fact, she doesn't exactly know what she'll be doing at all, since Kendall has been played Alicia Minshew for the past several years.
"I can today officially confirm that I will be doing a guest-spot," Gellar said Thursday during the fall TV preview session for her new CW series Ringer. "When I heard the show was canceled, I didn't understand. It just doesn't make sense to me. I called [the casting director] and said, 'I want to do something.' But I was very specific: I don't want to be Kendall. That's Alicia's role, but I wanted to be a part of it. I have no idea what I'm going to be doing... I will be doing one day. I'm excited."
Ringer's Sarah Michelle Gellar: I'm not trying to re-create or top Buffy
But back to Ringer, the new noir mystery featuring Gellar in a dual role premiering this fall. The story follows recovering alcoholic Bridget, a key-witness in the murder of a fellow stripper, who escapes witness protection. She turns to her estranged twin sister, New York City socialite Siobhan, for help. But soon after their reunion, Siobhan appears to commit suicide, leading a desperate Bridget to take on her identity. The problem? Siobhan is actually alive and on the run from some unsavory people, leaving Bridget to sift her way through her sister's cutthroat betrayals, infidelity and revenge.
It's a tangled web the writers are attempting to weave, and when asked by reporters if they intended on providing answers on a routine basis — especially in a post-Lost era — they said yes. When the series was originally pitched, the executive producers had three seasons already mapped out. "We know where we're going," executive producer Nicole Snyder said. "Our goal is to sustain the 'gasp' moments and the tease that we established in the pilot... until the big punch at the end of the first season. And then we'll start all over again."