Joss Responds to the News of a Buffy Reboot

... In case you haven't heard, Warner Bros. is rebooting the Buffy the Vampire franchise via a feature film, but without the help of creator Joss Whedon. Whedon has publicly responded, saying, "I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER.  I don't love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I'm also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there are no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly." In other words, he demands blood. [E! Online]

... HBO has cast three new females on its hit True Blood, and I think I speak for everyone when I say, "Thank God they're all hotties!" I'll try to avoid potential spoilers: Janina Gavankar will play a schoolteacher named Luna, Alexandra Breckenridge will play a character named Daisy, and Vedette Lim will play an underground cage fighter. Seriously. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Ugly Betty hunk Eric Mabius has landed a role on NBC's Chase as a cop-turned-fugitive who runs away from the U.S. Marshals. The episode will air in January. [EW]

... Syfy has announced its midseason premiere dates, led by the January 17 debut of the U.S. adaptation of Being Human. Other return dates: Merlin on January 7, Ghost Hunters International on January 5, and Marcel's Quantum Kitchen—yes, a cooking show—sometime in February. [TV Guide]

... The second episode of Sarah Palin's reality show, Sarah Palin's Alaska, didn't match the success of the first one. Probably because it's a vainglorious piece of garbage. After boasting 5 million viewers for its first airing, the second episode only grabbed 3 million while losing almost half of its important 18-49 demographic. Yet Bristol dances on... [The Live Feed]

... Michael J. Fox will be returning to CBS' The Good Wife early next year. The reviews of his performance as the devious lawyer Louis Manning were all raves, so producers have invited him back. [EW]

... CBS is working on two new shows. The modern-day western Desperado will see lawmen taking justice into their own hands in San Antonio, and Knife Fight will be a legal drama that follows a female public defender who jumps to the prosecution side. [The Live Feed]

... Bad girl Taylor Momsen is being suspended for a while from Gossip Girl, where she plays sweet little Jenny. Momsen has been in the news more for her rocker-girl antics, chain smoking, and slutty on-stage behavior than for doing her homework. Is she 18 yet? No? Okay, I won't say what I was about to say, then. [Deadline Hollywood]

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