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Checking Up on Some Buffy Alums

Michael Phelps was in another car accident. There are bombs in Baghdad. It's going 90 degrees again here in New York. Today is a lot of bad news. But! Here is some good news we got late in the day yesterday that's still making us happy: Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum James Marsters will be joining the cast of Sci Fi Syfy's Caprica for a few episodes. You know, that's that Battlestar Galactica prequel series all about what happened before the melancholy robots came and killed everyone.

So the lovable Spike from Buffy will be on what I'm hoping will be a smart, suspenseful science fiction series. Sounds ideal! It's always to see a Buffy alum making good.

Which makes us wonder. What's everyone else up to? You know, Buffy and Xander and Cordelia and, shudder, Dawn. Actually, most folks have been pretty busy.

Well, OK Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield, and Charisma Carpenter aren't doing a whole hell of a lot (though Carpenter is in that crazy-sounding Sylvester Stallone movie The Expendables.) But other folks are doing just fine. Anthony Head just showed up as King Arthur's dad on that silly Merlin series. We all know that Alyson Hannigan is on that How I Met Your Mother laff riot. Of course David Boreanez has Bones and Seth Green has Family Guy (among other cartoon projects.) And little Dawnie Michelle Trachtenberg is set to make another annoying splash as queen bitch Georgina Sparks (sigh) on the next season of the Gossip Girl. So good for them.

But the one we're most excited about is Sarah Michelle Gellar's new HBO project The Wonderful Maladys. We're excited because the pilot is being directed by Mad Men and Sopranos vet Alan Taylor, and because the cast also includes terrific and underused actors like Adam Scott, Molly Parker, and Nate Corddry. It's a quirky, interesting group with a good creative team behind them. Plus it'll be nice to see Gellar get to stretch her legs in a series again.

Now all we need is to get some work for my beloved Emma Caulfield and I'll be pretty happy with how things turned out after Buffy got dusted.

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Well this is a little dated. ASH and JM were both on Warehouse 13 (4th season), and they played centuries old brothers!!! (Paracelsus and the Count St. Germane)
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To Sacci_23: The reason why Alyson Hannigan was MIA for the second half of the season was that she was pregnant and getting ready to have her first child.
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Merlin isn't silly, how dare you! OK it's kind of silly, but in a very tongue in cheek kind of way.
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Looking forward to the new SMG show.
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Okay you might not like MERLIN but it is not silly - It is actually quite enjoyable in large part due to Anthony Head's brilliant performances in every episode he perfectly portrays a character you want to cheer for yet simultaneously behead.
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We all know Alyson Hannigan is on How I met Your mother, but she really phoned it in for the last half of last season. Barney makes an inappropriate joke and she disappears for six episodes? Not sure if there were contract issues, budget restraints or personal problems, but it seemed strange to me.
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SparkleFarkle, thanks for the update on Nicholas's career. Xander was a true inspiration and still is. In fact Brendon has a blog so don't hesitate to check it out.

About Emma Caulfield. She was so great as Anya and remember having some really crazy dreamy nightmares with her. I don't mind her new projects as long as she's happy. Succeeding in life is not just about playing in blockbusters and cult TV series after all.
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Amber Benson and Julie Benz have I believe like 2 movies apiece that are releasing this year. James Marsters can honestly pick up some big roles but I think he settles for the ones he can put very little work in to. Gellar, Boreanaz, Hannigan and Gellar were by far the run aways from that show...
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It wasn't until this article that I realized how well everyone is doing after the death of Buffy. The only ones I pay attention to is Bones and How I Met Your Mother...
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After reading your article, I’m under the impression that there’s a good chance you don’t watch a whole lot of television OR that you don’t know how to google. LOL! FYI, Nicholas Brendon’s acting career is hardly what I’d call sidelined. He appeared as Paul in he horror film The Portal (2009), had a recurring part in Emmy-nominated Criminal Minds (six episodes/2007-2009), and appeared in Without a Trace before being cast as Brent in the big screen thriller, My Neighbor’s Secret, slated for release this year. As for Michelle Trachtenburg, not only is she involved in Gossip Girl, but she played along side Zac Efron in the mega-popular movie 17 Again (2009), has just completed filming Young Americans due for release in 2010, and has three other films in the works (as does Charisma Carpenter). She will also be starring in NBC’s newest medical drama, Mercy, this fall. Oh, and your less than ho-hum attitude about bombs dropping in Baghdad sickens me. The U.S. military remains in a training and advisory capacity in those areas and continues to conduct combat operations outside cities and towns. If it weren’t for our soldiers fighting for our freedoms, you wouldn’t be able to write these lame articles that you regard as informative. P.S. Yay for Spike being in the spotlight again! And, obviously, you've never tuned into Merlin, as you wouldn't be so quick to judge it as "silly," if you had. Better go hunt down your lost remote. I think there's a lot of catch-up work in your future. LOL!
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James Marsters on Caprica is a good news.
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Damn.. i was hoping for news to resurrect the buffyverse...

No?

Well im still waiting... and waiting... and waiting...
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emily_jane: dang how could I have forgotten to mention that, I love Dexter and the Saw movies :D. Good catch. Although, there are some that say she was just a guest star on BTVS, she was more of a regular on Angel.
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Emma Caulfield has just released a webcomic, "Contropu ssy".
http://www.contropu ssy.com/

(apparently you can't say 'pu ssy' on TV.com, so you'll have to remove the space from the link manually...) ~sigh~
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Surprised no-one has mentioned the lovely Julie Benz (Darla), currently starring in Dexter AND the only survivor (pretty much) at the end of Saw V...
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Also: Mercadies (Harmony) and Amber each did guest spots on Supernatural - both were vamps. James had a good run on SV. I'm soooo looking forward to seeing Alexis on DH :D.
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Amber Benson (Tara) is also a published writer now. Her book, Death's Daughter, came out in the spring and the sequel is expected early 2010 if I'm not mistaken. It's good, everyone should check it out. She also directed a movie, Drones, with Adam Busch (Warren). He stars in it but she doesn't. (It's not out yet, btw).
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Dawn was almost the worse character on the show. Was so excited to hear James was going to be on Caprica, BTW..HAPPY BIRTHDAY James. Love The Guild, Bones, Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible. James also had the best role in Moonshot on the History channel and on Sci-Fi High Plains Invaders is coming out this month...I know but I am not changing the Scifi name..tough.
He also reads the audio books for The Dresden Files and with all his voices and accents it is like a whole cast reading the books. Like watching a movie..excellent job.
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Two more: Alexis Denisof will be in "Dollhouse" and Charisma Carpenter in "Legend of the Seeker".

Also, let's not forget Felicia Day (Vi in Buffy), that currently seems to be ruling the whole world with "Dr. Horrible", "Dollhouse" and her own "The Guild".
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Eliza does a whole lot more, she s also voice covering in the game WET and some other stuff. Michelle Trachtenberg also is in the new series Mercy
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Amber Benson (Tara) seem to be doing quite well too. I remember seeing her in Cold Case and Private Practice among other things!
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Silly? Wow no Merlin love here. I enjoy the fantasy show.
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Marsters was on Torchwood also and was great on there, Sarah Michelle Gellar is pregnant and I also think she does some producing. Last I heard of Emma Caufield, she was doing one of those ABC family movies a few years back.
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Interesting how you mention virtually everyone that ever was a regular on Buffy except Marc Blucas, and he's in the picture for the article. Oh well, no love for the rebound man yet again.
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@kdtfiles He shot another scence he had his own song too bad, they dropped that scene :(
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Why you say nothing about Michelle Trachtenberg's new starring role in Mercy?
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What about Eliza Dushku - Faith - she's on Dollhouse, good show (Joss's show ). Love David on Bones, the only up side of Angel not getting a 6th season. Anthony was in like a 20 second scene in Sweeney Todd, uncredited tho.
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Nicholas is on Criminal minds like every 5th episode or so as Garcia's man.
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Holy crap! James Marsters on Caprica? How can I get more excited about this show?!?!

Alexander LaVelle was great in the canceled show Kitchen Confidential. Really hot cast. All on hulu.com
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David Boreanaz is great in Bones.
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Charisma Carpenter is going to be making a guest appearnce in season two of Legend of the Seeker.
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Charisma was also in a couple of episodes of Greek. And she was back playing her first Cordelia type character(the upper class snob), She is really a great actress that i would love to see in more shows.
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How can you hate Michelle Tratchenberg? I think she rocks! 'Harriet the Spy' forever LOL!
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Xander was guest starring in Criminal Minds last year, wasn't he?
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If anyone doesn't know, Brendon is also guest starring once in a while on Criminal Minds as Garcia's adorably nerdy boyfriend.
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Don't forget about Eliza Dushku ("Faith") on Dollhouse!
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I remember seeing an advertisement for a movie on TNT or Lifetime with Nicholas Brendon in it. I can't remember the name of the movie but it's scheduled to start airing in November... I think. I'm looking forward to The Wonderful Maladys. I agree, Emma Caulfield is a very great and under used talent.
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