Remember when Sarah Michelle Gellar decided not to do an 8th season of Buffy because she wanted to start up her serious movie career? Remember when after The Grudge movies all she did was a follow-up to Scooby Doo? Yeah, me too. So apparently she decided it’s time to make her return to television. She’s done some voice work on popular cartoons and popped out a kid, but other than that she has been non-existent.
Now she is set to make her (triumphant?) return to the small screen on a new CBS series called Ringer. Peter Traugott is the producer of this show and this is what he had to say about it to Entertainment Weekly.
“It’s an edgy thriller about redemption and about revenge. There’s a point of view of two twin sisters who grew apart over a tragedy in their past. And one now seeks redemption and the other one seeks revenge. The sister who is seeking redemption has had a much more troubled life. When her fancy pants sister disappears, she takes over her life. She’s living the life of her more successful sister only to come to find out that her life is equally as fraught with danger and complication. Her sister dies in a boating accident. The other sister takes on her persona, only to come to find out that they have a hit out on her.”
Sarah will be playing the role of both twins, a la Lindsay Lohan from The Parent Trap before she was a hosebag. He went on to explain why we should be giving a crap about her return at all, if we’re fans of her tenure at BTVS.
“One thing she wanted to guard against was making sure that she whatever she does in TV, she does something that her fans who had grown up loving Buffy will also be excited about. … I think what’s remarkable about her as an actor … she can play both sides well. If you remember Cruel Intentions, she was the villain, but you found yourself kind of rooting for her anyway. That’s what we’re looking for. How do we find something where her character has some edge, there’s some darkness to her, she doesn’t always do the right thing, but at the end of the day, you’re also rooting for her? And that’s what we were looking for in this. Obviously, Buffy was a hero, a kick-ass hero, and we wanted to be true to that with Sarah.”
We’ll see how it goes. I’ll be watching the show just to see if she lost the baby weight yet, not for her amazing acting prowess. She had her good moments on Buffy but by the end of it I was sick of watching her eyes go wide and fill with tears the exact same way, week after week. Give me more Willow, Xander and Spike. Speaking of Spike, when is James Marsters returning to TV? That seems way more interesting to me.