Report: 'Buffy' spin-off given go-ahead
The BBC and Fox will collaborate on a Buffy The Vampire Slayer spin-off starring Anthony Stewart Head entitled Ripper, according to a report.
The Daily Star quotes a source as saying that Buffy creator Joss Whedon is "keen to work with the BBC" and that "they've got the green light to start filming".
According to the alleged insider, Ripper, which has been mooted since Buffy finished in 2003, "will follow Bufyy's mentor Giles (Head) after he decides to come out of retirement in his native England to solve ghost stories and other mysteries".
The report claims that the show will enter production next year. The BBC has yet to confirm or deny the claims.
Fox has Faith in Eliza Dushku
The Studio signs the Buffy actress to an overall TV deal.
Eliza Dushku, best known for her portrayal as "Faith" in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and for co-starring in Bring It On, will be returning to television, and more specifically the FOX network. What isn't clear is exactly what project that will be. According to Variety, 20th Century Fox TV has signed an overall deal with the actress to star in a new project for the network. "Clearly we've had a very long-term relationship with her," 20th Century Fox TV chairman Dana Walden said. "We wanted to be in a more significant business relationship now. She's such an interesting, smart, soulful person and that all comes through on the screen."
Dushku, who last appeared on the small screen in Tru Calling is taking an active role in the development process this time around. "You have to have a tremendous amount of passion for a person you make a deal like this with," Walden said. "You're not just sending them a script and asking them if you like a role. You're bringing them into the development process and integrating them into the fiber of the company."
Dushku's last show, Tru Calling, though renewed for a second season, only aired six of those episodes. Her most recent project, Nurses, was a pilot shot for FOX, but ultimately not picked up for a series.