'Ringer' trailer: See Sarah Michelle Gellar in double -- VIDEO


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Receiving huge cheers from the fan boys and girls who packed the second biggest room in the San Diego Convention Center, Sarah Michelle Gellar returned to Comic-Con Thursday to promote Ringer, her comeback to TV after Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended eight years ago. “When you have a show like Buffy that was so perfect, you’re not looking for a show to top it. You’re not looking for show that’s completely different,” Gellar said during the panel moderated by EW’s own Kristen Baldwin. “We wouldn’t exist without fans. We wanted to come back and do a show that fans would love that would be different but still exciting.”

For the uninitiated, Ringer is about twins sisters — one who is driven by redemption and one who is driven by revenge — that was first developed by CBS but ended up on The CW. Star Ioan Gruffudd — who plays the rich husband of one of the twins — admitted that he didn’t recognize the fifth network, but he and the cast were ultimately grateful that it picked up the heavy serialized drama. “I’m thrilled, because I’m 37 now and the median age of all the cast members on The CW is 22,” he told the audience. “I’m thrilled that I’m considered to be young enough.”

“Many of the same people are there,” Gellar said of The CW, which was previously the WB. “My experience was so incredible there. There’s a little more freedom at the CW. We can take a few more risks.”

Speaking of which, Gellar encountered a little push back when she asked to perform stuntwork on Ringer (which premieres Sept. 13). While working on Buffy, Gellar did her own butt-kicking, but the producers on Ringer weren’t pleased with the thought of her getting down and dirty with the bad guys. “On Buffy, I could just go through a wall. When we were doing this sequence (for Ringer), we had stunt doubles, and I was like, for what? Why do I have a stunt double? I was like, this is weird.”

“I got to shoot a gun and Buffy never got a gun,” Gellar added. “Yesterday, I had a skill saw, and that thing, I did not like. I never want to use that again.”

Along with the customary professions of love from the crowd (one fanboy addressed the obvious by saying she was even hotter in person), Gellar also took a few fun questions from the fans. One query: What would she dress up as if she came to Comic-Con? “If I dressed as Buffy, people would say ‘She’s a lame version of Buffy. Buffy is way cooler than that person,’” Gellar said, as the crowd roared with laughter. “I’d probably want to be one of the guys.”

Here’s a clip from the show that was previewed during the panel:

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  • Pash

    i agree with SMG, shows tend to have a little more leeway on the CW than they would on a real network. There is less of a ratings chase and more of a chase for superfans. I still wish Firefly had ended on the WB, it probably wouldn’t have met such an untimely end.

  • Greg

    WOW, I thought I couldn’t get more excited for Ringer. Guess I was wrong!

    I’m so pumped for this!

    • Matt

      Wow! I didn’t think this would be very good when I heard about it, even with the brilliance that is SMG, but after seeing that trailer, I really want to check it out! :D

  • Harry

    So excited about this show! It looks like an interesting thriller. Let’s hope they’ll stick to the film-noirish elements of the pilot! SMG rocks!

  • Kevin

    Talk about three handsome actors working with SMG: the hunky guy from Life Unexpected, Richard Alpert from LOST and Mr. Fantastice from FANTASTIC FOUR and I can’t imagine Ioan using his original accent in the series or is it?

  • Jonathan

    That was a great promo.

  • ziggy

    looks really amazing! noirish and interesting, I can’t wait

  • not from here

    This looks so good. I am so exited for this show

  • ltmcdies

    well the trailer looks good and if the show gets it’s three years…it could be good.
    here’s your problem…if it goes shorter (cancelled) or longer (it’s a hit the network doesn’t want to loose), Ringers will run into the same issues that other shows along this type have …. how much time they get to tell their story
    but I’ll be tuning in anyway…

  • Amy

    Looks intriguing. Can’t wait.

  • nitemar

    Love thrillers!! Looks like if the “real” Siobhan did not drown, hmm? and the plot thickens. :)

  • Solange

    I love SMG but I’m still ify about the show. But going to still watch the first couple of eps to give it a chance

  • nickp

    ringer originally created for CBS but CW picked it ip and really embraced the story

  • charmuse

    squeeeee! can’t wait!

  • Sebastian

    As much as I love SMG’s acting as Buffy, she did NOT do her own stunts. I mean, c’mon: “While working on Buffy, Gellar did her own butt-kicking”? Seriously?! Any Buffy fan worth their salt knows that Sophia Crawford did all of Geller’s stunt work from S2-S4. And its also known that Gellar played a part in getting Crawford and “Buffy’s” stunt coordinator (Crawford’s husband, no less) fired from the show when he objected (poorly so, but still) over her taking credit for the stuntwork then. I love the work she did on the show, but SMG is such a sham sometimes.

    • Mary

      i think that after taking tae kwon do for years, she was able to do a lot of the stunt work. Punching, kicking, jumping…. I agree maybe not the cool stuff but she even did the sword fight with Angelus herself mostly.

  • Ugly Jenny

    After seeing the trailer, I’m excited about the show! I’ve love SMG since her days in All My Children and have been rooting her ever since!

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