Oh, So Joss Passed on the Buffy Remake

... Joss Whedon won't be working on Warner Bros.' upcoming Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie remake/reboot, but apparently he could have. According to "studio insiders," Whedon was approached about the new project, but passed on it to work on other things (like The Avengers). Just thought we'd clear the air, as previous news implied that he wasn't invited to the party. [The Live Feed]

... Michael Urie has signed on to co-star in the new TBS pilot Brain Trust, starring D.B. Sweeney as a detective who works with a think tank of super nerds. Urie, known best for his role as Marc on ABC's Ugly Betty, will play a brainy professor who's part of the think tank. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Food trucks are all the rage, so obviously someone is making a show about them. What is it, a docudrama about a food truck on TLC? A reality competition show on The Food Network? No, it's a sitcom on ABC. Check please! [Variety]

... J.J. Abrams' Alcatraz is locking up its cast pretty quickly. After recently signing Jorge Garcia and Sarah Jones, the series has landed two more actors: Jonny Coyne (Undercovers) will play Alcatraz warden Edwin James, and Jason Butler Harner will play associate warden E.B. Tiller. [Deadline Hollywood]

... According to Margaret Cho, who heard it from someone else who heard it from someone else, Bristol Palin competed on Dancing With the Stars because her mom, Sarah Palin, told her to. Apparently Sarah partially blames Bristol for her not winning the 2008 election, where she ran with John McCain. So Sarah wants America to forget all that teen pregnancy crap and fall in love with Bristol again, and figured that Bristol appearing on DWTS was a good way to make that happen. This is probably all hooey, but hey, it sounds good. [E! Online]

... Monkey see, monkey do. ABC is like, soooo jealous of Fox and its hit Glee, so it is totally trying to copy Fox's style. The network is developing two musical shows for next season: a mother-daughter relationship drama starring former Glee guest star Idina Menzel, and a half-hour female-driven musical comedy. Wow. For the sake of all things manly, let's end this trend RIGHT NOW. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Walking Dead is one of TV's hottest new hits, so why shouldn't the show fire its entire writing staff? Rumor has it that producer Frank Darabont has let go of every last scribe and will take a shot at hiring freelancers next year instead. This isn't completely unusual, but it certainly isn't typical. Darabont himself was credited with writing the first two episodes of the series, and co-wrote or re-wrote the other four. Don't get too scared yet. [Deadline Hollywood]


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Who is Margaret Cho?
And who is Bristol Palin?
And what is Dancing With the Stars?
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A non-reality TV Watcher
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Walking dead writers fired... Who Cares?

Darabont is the best writer on that show. Just look at his track record (The Mist, The Green Mile,The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors). So no worries there mate this man knows what he's doing!!!

@Stevie_Lee Palin is a nitwit, but I hope you get your wish and Palin will be the next candidate for the precidency, because than the Democrats have a fighting chance and when they lose Nostradamus his prediction will coincide with 2012 and those of us left will benefit from having seen the Walking dead... ;)



A final remark about the JJ Abrahams show Alcatraz will be aportal to the afterlife. Man, still not over the f**d up ending of Lost. It still hurts....
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Maybe Darabont firing all the writers was the right move for "The Walking Dead". I don't understand how hard it is to translate things for different media but the graphic novel written by Robert Kirkman already has an excellent story that doesn't need to be deviated from so much. I thought this was supposed to be a survival show with 'Zombie Apocalypse' as the setting. I don't care about the plot or mystery of a zombie movie. Frankly, I think they should all end like "Shaun of the Dead" by putting muzzles on zombies so you can't get bit. I know Robert Kirkman even wrote the fourth episode, but it wasted a bunch of time in Atlanta looking for a character who has no importance to the story whatsoever: Oh wait, he's a racist! I was really excited when I head that they were turning "The Waling Dead" into a television show. I was even more excited when I heard that Frank Darabont was in the charge of the project but I guess I got my hopes up, thinking they would do it well and stay true to the story of one of the most intense graphic novels around. I understand taking liberties when going from a book to a film, but not when you have such a good template to be working from. This is the same reason The Lord of the Rings movies sank after Fellowship, because Peter Jackson read it as an action book series not as the glorious fantasy story that it is.
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novembernicole-im sorry i hurt your head .with my spelling or what not.when im on this site on using my cellphone and there so many words i can type and hit submit.sometmes wen i have too many words it want let me send it in so thats why the words are shorten.i dont want people think i cant write but others at least knw what im trying 2 say.and i hope u at least could understand wat i was saying
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Margaret Cho is a comedian. people need to stop taking her so seriously. as for the new musical shows, i'm actually gonna try them. i love the singing from glee, but the plotting has several issues. maybe these on abc or the one on the cw will be able to pull off both. besides, think about all the cop, doctor, and lawyer shows that are on every season. whats really so bad about adding "musical" to the list?
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Just found this.

http://www.spoilertv.com/2010/12/walking-dead-writers-not-fired.html
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That does sound kind of messed up for Darabont to do that. I've thought all the writing has been great so far. Who knows though, considering he had the final say over the rest of the scripts it's very possible his heavily revised all of them so much that he didn't want to have to do it again for 13 episodes next year. But I highly doubt all of the writers were THAT bad, so that's pretty harsh.
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Isn't The CW also doing a musical show? And ABC is doing two. How original... Can't they come up with some ideas of their own?
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@jack756 - Reading your comment gave me a headache. Please learn how to spell out complete words and use proper English. @Tim Surette - I am not interested in reading about a rumor that someone may have told someone else. Can we PLEASE put the damn Dancing With the Stars and Bristol Palin bashing to rest once and for all !! I am tired of hearing this nonsense, and Margaret Cho is a just sore loser.
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Whether or not Whedon passed on Buffy won't change the fact that, without him, this movie gonna SUCK HARDER THAN A HOOVER!
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For joss 2 pass on it i can understand but he has workin on alot of things as 1 either joss is getting lazy or he jus didnt want 2 do it.and da fact he didnt want 2 do it why talk about how it will be ruined.joss is a great writer but a cocky guy.

Now 2 da palins.i am a independent and i cant stand da palins.bristol talks how levi wanted fame n yet she go 2 dancing with the stars.bristol told producers at dwts not 2 let any teen mom in.is it me or did bristol 4get she was a teen mom.since im on dwts how did bristol even get on there she isnt a star n dat made me mad n da fact she had a unfair advantage b.c of her mom.far as sarah i dont have nothing against but shes not ready 2 run and some of her ideals r out there.
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I wouldn't worry too much about the writing staff of The Walking Dead they will get work in other shows. I've only seen the pilot and eventually will see the rest of the series on blu-ray but I have heard some complaints (from fans) about the writing in some of the episodes. In the end this could be a good thing.
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How the Walking Dead situation played out, Imo of course-- {Darabont} "Gather around people; I have good news, bad news, and then some more good news.... The good news is the show is a smash hit, and it's already been renewed for a second season. The bad news... well, there's no easy way of saying this, so I'll just come out with it... ummm... about that second season, uhh... none of you will be here, cuz you're all fired. -BUT- the bonus good good news is, you all get to take a free Walking Dead bumper sticker on your way out as security escorts you off the premises."
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Ugh, more musicals. That's not good news.
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Let him finish Avengers, and then...
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It's the same, no Joss No buffy. We know that, warner should know that.
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When will liberals stop attacking the Palin family. Margaret Cho is a liberal. Who like all the others. Will make this crap up to have their name out there. What lost Mccain the presidency. Wasn't Sarah Palin or Bristol. It was the fact that he didn't sell his message effectively to the American people. Picking Governor Palin was a good thing. Next time you think something is Hooey don't report on it, and no it doesn't sound good.
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ok so he passed, but they should have waited! i mean it's joss! its not like the story is gonna go anywhere, and it would have been the difference between an awesome movie an what im sure will be a crappy one
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but didnt yall post something last week as joss's rebuttle that he knew it would happen sometime, he just figured they'd wait til he was dead or somethin...didn't sound like he was asked... i dont know
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@ KevinG: It's well-known that Joss invented the character of Buffy and wrote the script for the film, so I think you'd be hard pressed to argue that he's not the "creator." Someone else directed the film, but it was all his original creation, and because he didn't like the way the film was produced, he made the TV show. Most Buffy fans discount the film for, well, simply how bad it it, especially in comparison to the supreme awesomeness that was the show.
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Joss Whedon wrote the film and ran the show why would anyone think he didn't create it? No Whedon no Buffy, end of, if he was involved it might have a chance of being alright, as it is a lot of Buffy fans are probably happy with their memories, and most are likely Whedon followers that enjoy all of his work, so they wont watch either, completely pointless recycling of something whose finale is still fresh in the memory.
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why do people keep bringing up the tv show when they talk about the new movie. i know he wrote the script for the movie but did he create it? if not, he has no claim to the franchise. plus if he did it, i don't think it would've been too good, it'd be like rehashing his previous work. if your rebooting something, it needs to be different. I like Glee, but the two new shows sound like crap. so does that other show CW's doing that's basically a ripoff of Camp. and i'm sorry but i can't see Michael Urie as a "brainy professor"
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By making this movie they are not only solidifying how low hollywood will go to make a buck, they are slapping in the face all of us who have prayed for a REAL Buffy movie, Joss, Sarah and all. For all of you who feel the same and have not read the Buffy Season 8 graphic novels... there are some great new stories that ARE Joss involved. Put your money where it is well spent.
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He probably did pass on it some time ago, since he's already done it, and then they probably went behind his back to someone else with the project. I don't know, but I guess that's what happened.
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Love the fact that the Joss thing needs to be qualified.... Anyone in their right mind would and should pass on the Buffy Reboot... It's like someone saying they're remaking Singin In The Rain....They're classics for a reason. The only reason Buffy worked is because Joss gained full control over the show. Without him you're gonna have something probably far worse than the original movie (which is really saying something)! Buffy without ALL the characters and events that made Buffy such an amazing show isn't Buffy at all! It's some loosly based abomination that happens to share a name. Shame on everyone involved. Buffy Re-boot I wish you a quick and painful death.....so say we all!
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It's rare that Joss Whedon makes a bad decision, but there you have it.

I'm half excited and half disgusted by the news about ABC and the Glee rip-offs.
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The Buffy thing was announced over a year ago, and when he commented then, he didn't really seem like he wanted anything to do with it, so no surprise there. And good for The Walking Dead, a lot of people nitpick over a lot of the logic of the show, so firing the entire writers room could easily be a good thing for season 2, not that I have a problem with the show.
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I find that Joss Whedon thing a little hard to believe... If they wanted him, they could have wated till post Avengers.
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or they didn't want to stray from the source material enough DX. remember hollywood lives to stray from souce material. just look at any movie based on something. dbz eragon they even messed up cloudy with meatballs for god sake
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Odd that Darabont would do that..unless he thought the writers were straying too far from the source material and that can happen often in Hollywood.
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