Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer has one of the most devoted fan bases in all of television, and even though it ended its run in 2003, the show and its crew continue to be a big draw at sci-fi, television, and comic-book conventions.
However, the Buffy sessions at said gatherings have largely been missing one main ingredient: the show's star, Sarah Michelle Gellar. So when it was revealed that the Buffy cast would be reuniting at this year's William S. Paley Television Festival, most assumed Gellar would be ducking out again.
Not so. Gellar, who over the years has seemingly distanced herself from the show that propelled her to stardom, has committed to participating in the Buffy cast reunion taking place in March at the Los Angeles-based PaleyFest.
The Buffy panel is set for March 20, and will also feature Whedon, Amber Benson, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield, Eliza Dushku, Seth Green, James Marsters, and Michelle Trachtenberg. According to the PaleyFest Web site, more panelists may be announced at a later date.
But it isn't just Buffy that will be discussed over the two-week event at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Several programs will get their due at the event, which is open to the public.
A Pushing Daisies panel, being held on March 15, will feature creator Bryan Fuller, director Barry Sonnenfeld, and stars Lee Pace, Kristin Chenoweth, and Swoosie Kurtz.
NBC's Chuck gets its time on March 18, with stars Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, and Joshua Gomez scheduled to appear. The following day, a Friday Night Lightspanel will line up stars Zach Gilford, Jesse Plemmons, and Aimee Teegarden.
On March 22, Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford, and Leighton Meester will be among the Gossip Girl cast members gabbing about the CW hit. Golden-Globe winner Damages will hold a session on March 24, with stars Glenn Close, Ted Danson, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, and others.
March 26 will see the premiere of Tracey Ullman's new show, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, which will make its broadcast debut a few days later on Showtime.
Other shows scheduled for panels include Mad Men, Dirty Sexy Money, and Dancing with the Stars. A special Judd Apatow (Freaks & Geeks, Knocked Up) session will also take place on March 17.
For more details on PaleyFest, check out the official Web site. Tickets go on sale to the public on February 10.