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'Buffy' Creator Joss Whedon Wraps Secret Movie Starring Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 24th 2011 7:15AM
Joss WhedonIf you've ever wondered what 'Castle' star Nathan Fillion does on his days off, wonder no more. He apparently makes movies in secret with his erstwhile 'Firefly' boss, Joss Whedon.

According to 'The Wrap,' Whedon adapted, cast and filmed a new indie version of William Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' this summer without anyone finding out until after it was finished.

A website went up Sunday night announcing that principal photography has been completed on the guerrilla filmmaking project, which is lightheartedly described as "A Film by Joss Whedon Based on a Play."

The cast is a veritable smorgasbord of Whedon faves: As well as Fillion there's Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof from 'Angel' and 'Dollhouse,' and Sean Maher ('Firefly'). Although it could all be an elaborate hoax, we're already loving the idea of Acker and Denisof re-teaming to tackle the roles of reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick.

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'Buffy' Without Joss Whedon Is Not 'Buffy' At All: Why the Movie Reboot Needs to be Staked

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 23rd 2010 11:50AM
Buffy the Vampire SlayerIt seems like you can't swing a vampire in Hollywood without hitting a reboot or "re-imagining" of a fan-favorite franchise these days, from 'The A-Team' and 'Spider-Man' all the way down to 'V'.

Rumors of a proposed 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' movie reboot have been gaining momentum for months, but confirmation finally came Monday morning when Warner Bros. announced that the project is indeed going ahead.

But here's the kicker: It'll be without the involvement of 'Buffy' mastermind Joss Whedon, the man who wrote the screenplay to the original 1992 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' film and helmed the iconic TV series of the same name.

Instead, the project is being penned by Whit Anderson, an actress turned writer (with no previous screenwriting credits, according to IMDB) whose interview with the L.A. Times' Hero Complex sent fans -- including yours truly -- into an apoplectic, foaming fit of outrage yesterday. Just another Monday on the internet ...

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10/10/10 Thought Experiment: 10 Ways TV Would Be Different If the Internet Never Existed

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 10th 2010 1:35PM

Today is 10/10/10, a date that means many different things to many different people. We're going to latch onto two elements of the date for a little thought experiment for a meta-TV thought experiment: its decidedly post-apocalyptic feel, and its striking resemblance to binary code. These two factors, combined with many caffeine-fueled conversations with our web geek buds at Urlesque, got us to pondering this question: How would TV be different today is the Internet never existed? (Urlesque will be exploring this concept in great detail tomorrow, so be sure to check that out.)

It's clear that the Internet has changed TV in a multitude of ways. With so much creative content on the Internet now, TV's audience numbers have taken a hit. It's part of the reason that network budgets have decreased, giving executives constant heartburn and causing some of them to focus content on this audience.

Some say the Internet is improving TV. The competition forces networks to work harder. Cyberspace is a great breeding ground for new talent and a platform for proven talent to present quirky concepts. Websites like Hulu allow viewers to catch shows they've missed and message boards let millions of fans interact. It also gives fans a place to congregate the day after and discuss and analyze their favorite shows.

We can't un-invent the Internet, so we can't fully fathom if TV would be better or worse today without it. We do know the following ten things would not have happened. You can decide on your own whether that's good or bad.

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J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon at Comic-Con: 'Avengers,' 'Dr. Horrible,' 'Undercovers' Updates

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 22nd 2010 10:00PM
JJ Abrams and Joss WhedonJ.J and Joss ... sounds like one hell of a team, doesn't it?

The two "Visionaries," as labeled by Entertainment Weekly, came together for one geektastic Comic-Con panel Thursday. And the creators of 'Lost,' 'Buffy,' 'Alias,' 'Firefly' and the 'Star Trek' movie only disappointed the hall full of fans in one way -- they sadly aren't collaborating on a project. (Yet.)

Whedon confirmed what has been long suspected -- that he's directing 'The Avengers' movie with Marvel. It's too soon for much info, he said. He's still writing an outline and thoroughly researching the comics, but was enthusiastic about the movie's development. "These people shouldn't even be in the same room together, let alone on a team; isn't that the definition of family?" he reasoned wryly.

Meanwhile, Abrams talked about his new show 'Undercovers,' which will be both "case of the week" and serialized. He also revealed a few (very sparse) tidbits about his upcoming movie 'Super 8,' which is being produced by Steven Spielberg. The movie hasn't begun shooting and may feature an interactive element. Abrams cryptically said, "My favorite thing about the movie is that someone will go to the theater and see the trailer and hopefully go, oh my God, that looks bitchin', and have no idea they will be starring in it." What could he mean?

Whedon also discussed the prospects for future editions of 'Dr. Horrible,' saying he needed to find time to get the whole gang back together as well as find a studio to finance it. But some songs have been written, and Whedon referred to the project as "the movie," which may give a hint to the project's ultimate scope.

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Comic-Con 2010 Preview: TV Must-Sees

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 19th 2010 6:00PM
San Diego Comic-Con 2009If you're not yet familiar with the concept of San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC for short), don't despair -- by the week's end, the interwebs will be so saturated with coverage from the world's largest entertainment convention that you'll feel as though you were right there; standing in a line outside Hall H for five hours straight just for a chance to bask in the presence of your celeb crush or quiz the creators of your favorite TV show.

If you were one of the lucky few (OK, 125,000+) who snagged a ticket to the four day event in San Diego next weekend, then consider this a guide to what we at TV Squad consider Comic-Con 2010's must-see events, panels and giveaways.

And if you missed out on being part of this year's madness and have to live vicariously through us brave souls who plan to wade through the sea of fanboys, geek girls, Princess Leia impersonators and entertainment junkies just to bring you news from the convention floor, consider this a mere taste of some of the awesome coverage we'll be bringing you from July 22-25.

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Happy Birthday, Joss Whedon! Our Favorite Whedon-y Moments

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 23rd 2010 10:00PM
Joss WhedonAll hail the great and powerful Joss. All hail his mighty pen that doth slay vampires, galactic empires, super-villains and evil corporate conglomerates alike. Verily he is a most excellent wizard of the pen and camera.

Seriously, today is Joss Whedon's birthday (just don't ask his age. OK, he's 46) and to celebrate in a 'Buffy'-'Angel'-'Firefly'-'Dr. Horrible'-'Dollhouse' sort of way, there will be video of our favorite moments from each sample of the Whedon collection.

In the interest of being off-beat (which is as good a tribute to the maestro himself as anything), I will list the examples in reverse-chronological order from their initial debut. Also, since this is a television blog, I'm restricting the example to his television efforts. I'm also adding 'Dr. Horrible,' because it was so cool.

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Joss Whedon on Directing Neil Patrick Harris in 'Glee'

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 18th 2010 5:01PM
Joss Whedon directs Neil Patrick Harris in 'Glee'Tonight's episode of 'Glee' is definitely a must-see viewing extravaganza. First, Neil Patrick Harris guest-stars as Bryan Ryan, Mr. Schuester's former high school nemesis who causes trouble for the glee club. Second, it's directed by Joss Whedon, who also directed Harris in 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.' Thrilling on many levels.

I sat in on a conference call and got the scoop on tonight's episode. And no, Whedon wouldn't talk about 'The Avengers,' but he had plenty to say about the wonders of 'Glee' and how much fun he had directing this episode.

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Top 10 Musical Episodes: 'Buffy,' 'Scrubs,' 'The Simpsons' and More!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 26th 2010 7:00PM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once More With Feeling
If 'Glee' has you yearning for more song-and-dance routines on TV, hold onto your (top) hats! From April 29 to May 5, Fox is turning several of its shows into musicals, including 'Bones,' 'House,' 'The Simpsons,' even 'Fringe.' On May 2, 'Family Guy' will celebrate its 150th episode with an extended episode featuring new and familiar musical numbers. Suffice to say the shows should be a blast, for both us and the actors.

Of course, TV aficionados know this is nothing new. Shows like 'Ally McBeal,' 'Eli Stone,' and 'SpongeBob SquarePants' have featured musical numbers regularly, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention 'Viva Laughlin' and 'Cop Rock' (even though the latter was declared by TV Guide to be one of the worst shows ever, ouch!). In fact, we can trace the trend back to classic episodes like Bugs Bunny's 'The Rabbit of Seville' and 'What's Opera, Doc?'

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Joss Whedon Taking on 'The Avengers?'

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 14th 2010 2:07PM
AvengersPop Culture and television icon Joss Whedon might be the director on the upcoming Marvel Comics superhero movie, 'The Avengers.' This isn't one of those cartoon movies either.

If he gets the job, it's a lot of pressure on Joss. 'The Avengers' is the intended target movie of all these superhero movies that Marvel is pumping out, including 'Iron Man,' 'Captain America,' 'Thor,' and 'The Incredible Hulk.' Even worse, with Disney in the mix Joss would have to answer to a lot of corporate suits (which is rumored to be the reason that he walked away from the 'Wonder Woman' movie).

Also, Joss' last movie was 'Serenity,' which was a cult hit and a good movie but not a box office smash. For 'The Avengers' movie to work, it must make major cash. While my heart sings at the possibility of Joss getting into the franchise, experience tells me that this is no more than a pipe dream.

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'Glee' Co-Creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan Meet the Press and Spill the Beans

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 9th 2010 9:00AM
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In anticipation of the Tuesday, April 13th premiere of Fox's musical hit 'Glee,' two of the co-creators, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, met with the press via a conference call the other day. TV Squad was in on the call and you'll be thrilled with some of the big news coming up in the last nine episodes of this award-winning first season. There were some insights revealed when the cast and the other co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy were on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' yesterday, but Gleeks want more, and that's what this is all about.

Among the highlights – for all you who need encouragement -- Jane Lynch does "Vogue" in the Madonna musical episode. Kristin Chenoweth was not paired up with Idina Menzel, but Kristin's episode (the third one back) is supposed to be wonderful. And if you liked Puck's performance of "Sweet Caroline," wait till you see him do a song like a member of the Rat Pack. For all the details, read on.

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Q&A: 'Firefly' star Jewel Staite on Reavers, 'V', and Clooney

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 23rd 2010 11:34PM


Being a cast member of Joss Whedon's space western 'Firefly' pretty much means you have a standing invitation to Wizard World Toronto Comic Con. Jewel Staite, who played tomboy Kaylee Frye, has RSVP'ed for the Toronto event, from March 26 - 28.

This gave us a great excuse to find out how she feels about being her own doppelganger, suspecting her bridesmaid Morena Baccarin of eating people, and playing video games on the big screen.

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'Glee'-Inspired Musical Week on Fox Includes a Singing, Dancing 'Fringe'

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 23rd 2010 11:14PM
Geeks, meet Gleeks.

To kick of the May sweeps, Fox is planning a week of 'Glee'-inspired musical programming, including a musical episode of sci-fi fan fave 'Fringe.' In the April 29 episode, entitled 'Overture,' the show's paranormal investigators will find themselves suddenly breaking out into song and dance numbers.

Turns out a lot of the 'Fringe' cast have music backgrounds, so they were psyched to show off their crooning and hoofing skills as part of the typical weirdness of the show. How do these musical interludes come about? Read on for spoilers.

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'Dr. Horrible' Sequel: 'Big Bang Theory' Star Simon Helberg Talks Rumors

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 22nd 2010 4:30PM
During a recent visit to the set of CBS' hit comedy 'The Big Bang Theory,' Simon Helberg, the man who wears Howard Wolowitz's tight pants, gave us an update on the status of the rumored sequel to Joss Whedon's cult web series, 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.'

'Horrible' fans may have recognized Helberg as the villainous (and slightly damp) Moist, henchman to Neil Patrick Harris' Dr. Horrible in the original series, and as far as Helberg knows, he's in line to reappear for the sequel.

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'Glee' Script Being Written for Neil Patrick Harris Episode, Claims Source

by Allyssa Lee, posted Feb 25th 2010 3:35PM
Neil Patrick HarrisSuit up, show choir fans!

E! Online is reporting
that actor/singer/award show host Neil Patrick Harris is not only going to guest star on 'Glee,' but that the good folks over at the Fox freshman hit are presently working on a script for the 'How I Met Your Mother' star's episode, set to air in late spring.

While there's no official word yet, E! Online's Watch With Kristin all but confirms the casting, quoting a source that claims Harris' character will be "really funny and really mean," and someone along the lines of Dr. Horrible, the nefarious mad scientist Harris played on Joss Whedon's Emmy-winning Web musical, 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.'

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Creators of 'Reaper' Reveal How the Show Would Have Ended

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 2nd 2010 11:32AM
ReaperIn an interview, series creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters reveal how they would have ended the series 'Reaper' had it continued to its conclusion (however many seasons that would have taken). You can read the original article for the actual revelation. I simply want to add a non-spoiler point or two.

Fazekas and Butters have worked with Joss Whedon on 'Dollhouse' and are obviously fans of his, so why not go the 'Buffy' Season 9 route and turn future seasons of 'Reaper' into comic books? It would certainly translate well given the fantasy nature of the show. To reveal the end for the show in an interview, while appreciated by fans, does not seem an economically wise move.

Of course, there is still a great deal that the creators have not revealed. For example, why did Steve prevent Sam from getting out of the contract? And how, if ever, did Andi get out of her agreement with the Devil? There could be a 'Reaper, Season 3' graphic novel yet.

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