“Uh, no" was the second thought in my head after watching Buffy, the vampire slayer, plunge
to her death in last year’s season finale. My first thought? “Nooooooooo!
Nonononononono!" So you see, the writers of the popular television series, now entering
its sixth season, knew exactly what they were doing when they played on the emotions of
Since debuting in 1997, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has become one of television’s most
successful breakout hits, launching a powerful franchise that has left an indelible mark
on network television. The action-packed drama, cleverly laced with comedy and horror,
has garnered an Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
for creator / executive producer Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking episode “Hush," as well as
the Founder’s Award from Viewers for Quality Television. Named “one of the ten best
shows" on television by Time Magazine, TV Guide, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, this
critically acclaimed series moves to its new home from the WB to UPN.
The newsgroups, including the infamous alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer, are piled with posts day
after day regarding nothing but Buffy the Vampire Slayer. These newsgroups are powered by
Which brings me back to the viewer’s emotions. With five years of being televised on the
WB and spawning off the series Angel, it’s not easy to see Buffy the Vampire Slayer move
to another station. Could the powers that be have planned Buffy’s death to coincide with
the death of the show’s run on the WB? With the WB now being dust-ground for Buffy and
UPN coming up with some exciting new programming of its own, I had to ask the fans their
thoughts on the move to UPN.
Jen, who started watching BtVS in 6th grade because some friends told her it was pretty
good, says, “Although its disappointing that BtVS is moving to UPN, a "traditionally"
inferior channel compared to the WB, I am open-minded. The channel does not make the show
-- the writing, the crew behind the show and the able actors make the show. And BtVS has
always been such a high quality show that with its larger budget and more freedom in
writing, I think it will be much better than it’s ever been. But it’s already in its
sixth season, so you never know how long that quality will last - some storylines can
only go so far, and the actors are getting older -- Giles is leaving, Xander and Anya
married?! Everyone's so grown up now!"
Madie has been hooked on the show since the beginning. Regarding the move to
states, “I guess it doesn’t make that big of a difference although I would prefer Buffy to
stay on the WB. That way they would be able to have Buffy and Angel crossovers, however,
I think the stars will be so much more motivated now that [there’s more money involved.]"
The person known only as Comfortador, who agrees with most fans that creator Joss Whedon
is a genius, feels that “Buffy's move to UPN should not affect the quality of the show,
however, it does minimize the chances for crossover episodes with Angel. Everyone loves
the crossovers. It will also be a big change for those of us who are accustomed to
watching Buffy then Angel back-to-back. Gone are the days of two solid of hours seeing
Buffy and Angel kick ass, sometimes even together."
Felicia watches Buffy “because it's not about some blond girl whose biggest problems are
whether to wear the blue or the purple eye-shadow. It's about a girl who has to deal with
darkness, and she has experienced a lot of pain and her life isn't just simple. She deals
with complicated issues as well as being a teen. She has been through a lot for her age
and she has matured a lot as the show has grown." Felicia holds a strong stance regarding
the channel change: “I think it was stupid of the WB to give up a show that has so many
fans and has become so very popular. I hope UPN takes good care of this show and doesn't
just drop it when it loses a few ratings."
Nika, however, feels the network change will do some good. “I feel the move to UPN will
benefit the network as much as the show," she says, “The WB wasn't giving Buffy the kind
of attention it deserved and was simply noting that Sarah Michelle Gellar was the only
star of the show. So far, from what I've seen, it appears that UPN is taking special note
of all the actors / characters and is giving them ample promotional display."
Angelia, who has been a Buffy fan since the original movie, only has one problem with this
change – the crossovers. “I think it is going to be very good, unless baseball games
interrupt the UPN programming. It’s all good anyway because [the show] is still on and
it’s a new start and chance for new surprises. The only problem I have is that WB won't
sell angel and the two stations won't allow any crossovers."
Michelle is all for the move to UPN: “I love the fact that Buffy has moved to
UPN. Although the network offers less of an opportunity for all fans to watch, Buffy is just as
capable of being successful on the new network. UPN has done a fabulous job of proving to
the fans that they care about the show and the fans that are dedicated to it. They've
treated us and the show very well so far and it hasn't even begun to air yet. It's a
wonderful opportunity and I have no doubt that UPN will be able to give Buffy a home that
is as good as, if not better than the WB did."
UPN’s premiere episode will begin to answer the questions surrounding Buffy’s fate, which
viewers have been asking since she sacrificed her life to save her sister, Dawn, in last
season’s shocking finale. From there, the sixth season will explore an “overall theme of
growing up," say Whedon and fellow executive producer Marti Noxon. After the unexpected
death of their mother last season, Buffy and Dawn now face the daunting task of going on
with their lives without their mother’s emotional or financial support. Additionally,
Willow, Buffy’s best friend, continues to experiment with the boundaries of her magic;
Xander and Anya test the marriage waters; and Buffy and Spike further explore their
tumultuous relationship. And for the November Sweet, the Scooby Gang will expose their
vocal talent in a musical episode featuring all-original music written by Whedon.
The UPN television trailers and website promos appear to be popular among the fans! Let’s
hope UPN takes good care of Buffy and the gang.