Sunday, January 3, 2010

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Back on Logo!

After several dry years it's a pleasure to see the great series Buffy the Vampire Slayer return to TV in a regular slot. Logo has finally brought back the iconic series, starting this past January 1st with a "New Year's Slayer" marathon, and continuing with regularly scheduled airings various times on the weekends and during the week, including weeknights at 6pm, I think. (It's a little difficult to get a grip on Logo's Buffy scheduling, as they don't have a Buffy homepage up yet and the air times are not yet particularly intuitive or consistent.)

Despite Logo's sketchy information, it's always a good time to revisit and enjoy Buffy's many charms. As the network's on-air promos remind us, before Twilight, before TrueBlood, there was Buffy, the original teenage vampire killer, created by the talented Joss Whedon. BtVS originated and perfected its own totally unique style, a breezy and breathtakingly exciting mixture of sass and savagery that was at once hilarious and horrifying, often brutal, sometimes devastatingly honest and never uninteresting. What a marvelous series!

Even if you aren't into the romantic elements of the storyline between Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her vampire boyfriend Angel (David Boreanz) -- and I wasn't -- there are countless things to love about BtVS, including the talented ensemble cast: How I Met Your Mother's Alyson Hannigan as Buffy's BFF, Anthony Head as Giles, Seth Green as Oz the werewolf, and especially the droll Nicholas Brendon (right) as Xander. Brendon consistently provided deft comic touches in his role as the least supernaturally-gifted member of Buffy's circle of friends; he's a delight to watch and my favorite character on the show. (My one Alyson Hannigan sighting in real life: many years ago while on a business trip in L.A., my co-worker Phil and I were getting a chili dog at Carney's railroad car restaurant on Sunset Blvd. and so was Alyson. Great actress, delicious hot dog!)

If you need to refresh your Buffy neurons, this would be an excellent time to visit some of the series-related websites, several of which don't appear to be regularly updated but still contain wonderful archival material. BuffyWorld is a site jam-packed with information and lots of video material; BuffyGuide is a complete episode guide to the series; Wikipedia's Buffy page will give you a comprehensive overview for quick reference; Much Ado About BTVS is a loving fansite; the Buffyverse Wiki is the online encyclopedia for all things Buffy; if you want to read Buffy check out the scripts here; Slayer's Empire is a fanlisting; All Things Philosphical on Buffy the Vampire Slayer is exactly that, and fascinating; is another good resource for Buffy info and discussion.

It's got to be a good omen when 2010 starts out with Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- now if somebody would wise up and schedule Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, I'd think everything was just about perfect! (And yes, know these are available on DVD, but I believe in the communal powers of shared TV viewing.)

Update: Buffy will also be airing on MTV, starting Sunday, Jan. 10th with a marathon, with regular airings M - F at 11am. Good news! The Buff is really Back!

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