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The New Buffy Showrunner Addresses Reboot Concerns: It's 'Time to Meet a New Slayer' The New Buffy Showrunner Addresses Reboot Concerns: It's 'Time to Meet a New Slayer'

Last week, at the height of San Diego Comic-Con, Fox dropped a bombshell that a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer was in the works, starring a black woman in the lead role. The initial report said the show would be a reboot of the ‘90s television series but showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen has made a statement which sounds…

20 Things We Still Love About Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20 Years Later 20 Things We Still Love About Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20 Years Later

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is celebrating its 20-year anniversary tomorrow, and while the story (and the fashions) might technically be dated, the show is somehow more relevant than ever. Creator Joss Whedon tapped into a world where myths and monsters could be used to represent real problems, with a brilliant dash of…

The 16 Most Horrible Alternate Realities The 16 Most Horrible Alternate Realities

It’s 2016, and things are looking pretty grim. As prognosticators of the future, io9 is here to assess the present, and remind everyone that as bad things are, they can always get much, much worse—and they are much, much worse in mirror universes and parallel worlds. Here are 16 alternate realities that make the…

The 10 Most Shocking Bait-and-Switch Deaths of Major Characters The 10 Most Shocking Bait-and-Switch Deaths of Major Characters

Killing off a major character is great way to up the stakes, create suspense, and show that this story isn't going where you expect. Sometimes, a movie or TV show will go further and cast a famous name or create marketing that implies that a character will be around for a while, only for them to die almost…

Oh Dear, Buffy's HD Makeover Is A Total Mess Oh Dear, Buffy's HD Makeover Is A Total Mess

Slayer fans, beware - you might have gotten all excited at the news of Fox remastering Joss Whedon's classic TV series for HD formats, but prepare to be disappointed. Turns out that all is not well in Sunnydale when Fox butchers the show to cram it into a 16:9 format.

This might be the most ineffective Vampire Stake ever sold This might be the most ineffective Vampire Stake ever sold

A stake has one job to do: Stab your errant blood-sucker right through the heart. So while it might look the part, this plush Mr. Pointy from Buffy The Vampire Slayer might not be the most useful thing to have on hand if you find yourself Van-Helsing-ing it up this Halloween.

What If Ayn Rand Had Written Buffy The Vampire Slayer? What If Ayn Rand Had Written Buffy The Vampire Slayer?

Over at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg adds to her ongoing alt-history series of movies, books and TV shows penned by Objectivist Ayn Rand (previously). The results are characteristically superb.

Sad We Never Got A Buffy Cartoon? This Animation Will Make You Sadder Sad We Never Got A Buffy Cartoon? This Animation Will Make You Sadder

In 2002, it looked like we might get a Buffy the Vampire Slayer animated series, but it ultimately never materialized. This animated intro imagines the cartoon series we never got—and it's jammed with Buffy Easter eggs.

Behind-The-Scenes Footage Of Buffy Stunts Is the Ultimate Time Suck Behind-The-Scenes Footage Of Buffy Stunts Is the Ultimate Time Suck

So this is fun: Professional stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt has a bunch of behind-the-scenes "home videos" on his YouTube channel from his time working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's the kind of stockpile that has a way of devouring your evening whole.

​12 Of The Most Game-Changing TV Episodes Ever ​12 Of The Most Game-Changing TV Episodes Ever

If a TV show nowadays doesn't have at least one big twist now and then, chances are it doesn't remain on the air for long. But only a handful of TV series have the courage to completely transform themselves — to show something so crazy, it irrevocably redefines the show from that point on. We've been lucky to have…

What If LucasArts Had Made A Buffy Point-And-Click Video Game? What If LucasArts Had Made A Buffy Point-And-Click Video Game?

Imagine if Buffy the Vampire Slayer had become a puzzle-solving video game in the vein of Maniac Mansion or Day of the Tentacle. Artist Andrew Scaife gives us screencaps from that imaginary game, placing us in a pixellated version of Sunnydale.

Calculator Reveals All How Much Of Your Life You've Given To TV Calculator Reveals All How Much Of Your Life You've Given To TV

Thanks to the website tiii.me, you can now add up every single hour of your life you've sacrificed to the all-powerful television. Just type in the name of the series, and let the website do the adding — it's horrifying. Feel free to share your numbers in the comments.

What's The Best Season (Not Series) Finale Of All Time? What's The Best Season (Not Series) Finale Of All Time?

It's hard enough to end a TV show with grace and beauty — but it's even harder sometimes to craft a season finale that wraps up a ton of storylines in a wonderful, satisfying way — knowing you have to come back the next year. Including a cliffhanger sometimes! What's the best season finale of any SF or fantasy show?

Science Fiction Vs. Fantasy Round Two: Space Opera and Epic Fantasy! Science Fiction Vs. Fantasy Round Two: Space Opera and Epic Fantasy!

We've reached the Second Round in our quest to find the ultimate work of science fiction and fantasy, and we've got some brutal match-ups for you to decide. Blade Runner vs. Back to the Future! Star Trek vs. Firefly! Game of Thrones vs. A Wrinkle in Time! Sandman vs. Buffy! Dune vs. Ender's Game!

Frozen, Archer Season 4, Joss Whedon, Cards Against Humanity [Deals] Frozen, Archer Season 4, Joss Whedon, Cards Against Humanity [Deals]

Disney's Frozen hits store shelves on March 18, and you can pre-order the blu-ray today for $20. Don't forget to check out the deleted scenes. [Amazon]

It's a full-blown Whedon-palooza at Amazon this weekend It's a full-blown Whedon-palooza at Amazon this weekend

Just a heads up: Amazon's got a nice lineup of stuff on sale this week from Joss Whedon's television oeuvre, with box sets of Buffy, Firefly, and more available in DVD and Blu-Ray offerings. (Firefly and Dollhouse season 1 Blu-rays are region-free, too, which is always nice.) Fans looking to flesh out their…

12 Most Codependent Supervillains of All Time 12 Most Codependent Supervillains of All Time

Some villains strive for wealth and power. Some villains strive for glory. But a surprising number of villains are motivated solely by their tangled relationships with the hero. These are love-hate relationships, in which the villain just wants to impress the hero or spend quality time together. Here are the 12 most…

Xander explains why he's in charge in the Buffy season 10 comics Xander explains why he's in charge in the Buffy season 10 comics

Non-super-powered sidekick no more! When Dark Horse releases Buffy the Vampire: Season 10 #1 in March, it's Xander who will be leading the Scooby Gang — or more accurately, Nicholas Brendon will. The actor has joined the comic's writing team, and we interviewed him to discuss the return of Dracula, Giles' new affinity…

Romance Fail: The Worst Fictional Pairings, and Why They Happen Romance Fail: The Worst Fictional Pairings, and Why They Happen

Romance abounds in fiction — and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances too. But sometimes, it's just a bad idea. We see so many fictional couples that the writers clearly thought were a great idea, but are actually disasters. Here are the main signs that a fictional romance is a terrible, awful, bad…

Why Expanded Universes Are Important Why Expanded Universes Are Important

Ever since word got out that Disney had decided to determine the canon-status of everything in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, there's been fierce debate. About whether it's a good idea. About what should be kept or not. But to people unfamiliar with the EU, this announcement has brought the question: Who cares? Why…

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