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Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): 'Game Change' (and 'Mockingjay') writer Danny Strong on his biggest year

Don’t fret, Buffy and Gilmore Girls fans. The guy behind lovable nerds Jonathan Levinson and Doyle McMaster hasn’t completely bid acting farewell. These days, though, Danny Strong is much busier working behind the camera, penning the scripts to Emmy Award-winning HBO movies (like this year’s Game Change), a Forest Whitaker flick lovingly nicknamed “the black Forrest Gump” (The Butler, out in 2013), and the last two films in the Hunger Games franchise (Mockingjay, parts one and two). Suffice it to say, Strong has had a good year. Here’s how he went from character actor to Hollywood’s hottest screenwriter.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverageREAD FULL STORY

'Supernatural': Charisma Carpenter on her reunion with fellow 'Buffy' alum James Marsters

Tonight’s episode of Supernatural will feature a fandom clash of epic proportions as Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel alums Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters hit the small screen as a husband and wife witch team in an episode titled “Shut Up, Dr. Phil.” For Carpenter, who hadn’t shared a scene with Marsters since their days on the WB, it was an on-set reunion worth waiting for.

“We go way back,” she says. “It was fun to see an old friend on set and catch up on each other’s lives and talk about our kids, music, and books and talk about what it was like when we were working on this show and that show. It was a lot of intimate conversations about the old days. It was great.”  READ FULL STORY

Anthony Stewart Head talks his sex-obsessed character on NBC's 'Free Agents'

In 2009, Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Anthony Stewart Head was playing a thrice-divorced sex-obsessed boss to two recently single talent agents looking for love (occasionally with each other, occasionally without) on the British comedy Free Agents. This year, he’s doing the same thing — but on the American remake (which premieres on NBC tonight at 10:30, before moving to its regular 8:30 timeslot next week) and with a few differences (here, they’re PR execs), yet the same silly, provocative panache. This guy knows a sexual position called the Flying Dutchman, and he’s not afraid to use it. EW caught up with Head recently to chat about the show, his character, American adaptations, and filming next door to Mad MenREAD FULL STORY

Sarah Michelle Gellar dishes about going from 'Buffy' to 'Ringer' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

One of the fall TV season’s buzziest storylines can be summed up in two words: Buffy’s Back. On Sept. 13, Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to series television with Ringer, a sexy, soapy neo-noir from the CW about deeply troubled twin sisters who couldn’t be more different… except for the fact that they are both being played by a woman who used to save the world. A lot. The next issue of Entertainment Weekly (on sale Friday) will tell you the story of how and why the star of such films as The Grudge and Cruel Intentions decided to take a break from movies and make Ringer her follow-up to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but, until then, check out the video below, in which Freddie Prinze Jr.’s better half took a few moments to chat about the intricately twisted premise of her new show, which also stars Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), Nestor Carbonell (Lost), and Kristoffer Polaha (North Shore). “It’s me and myself sharing all these good-looking guys,” says Gellar. “It’s a pretty good job if you can get it.” Clip after the jump! READ FULL STORY

Sarah Michelle Gellar talks new show 'Ringer,' returning to TV, and her 'Buffy' fans

 We all remember: Buffy saved the world… a lot. But in her new CW show, The Ringer, Sarah Michelle Gellar’s characters are mostly trying to save themselves. That’s right, characters. Identical twins to be exact. In the series, Gellar plays a woman, who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run and hides out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister — only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind, according to the logline released by the network.

For Gellar, who has largely been absent from the television landscape since Buffy the Vampire Slayer went off the air in 2003, playing two characters was just about the only thing she hadn’t done in her seven seasons on the UPN/WB show. “With Buffy, I got to do so much,” the actress told EW this morning at the CW Upfront presentation. “So what do you do next? What do you do that an audience hasn’t seen you do? But bringing to life two characters and making them different, but at the same time interesting, and [showing] the similarities is definitely a challenge I’ve never done.” READ FULL STORY

Sarah Michelle Gellar's new CBS thriller pilot 'Ringer': The producer spills details! -- EXCLUSIVE

Sarah-Michelle-GellarImage Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty ImagesThe networks have been on a pilot-greenlighting tear lately. But which possible show has the potential to be a gem of the 2011-12 season? We’ll go out on a limb here: CBS’ in-the-works thriller Ringer, which—should the pilot get the pickup to series during May’s network upfronts—would mark the much-anticipated return of Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar to regular series television. Granted, Gellar acolytes have been titillated by her possible return before with HBO’s The Wonderful Maladys, only to have the pilot never make it to series. But alas, the potential seems to be there with Ringer. Until now, the show has only been described as drama about “a troubled young woman on the run who hides out by living the life of her wealthy twin sister, until she learns her sibling’s life has a bounty on it as well.” Rather vague. Are you dying for more details? Us, too, so we tracked down Peter Traugott, the pilot’s producer and head of Brillstein Entertainment Partners, the production company behind Ringer, and grilled him about the pilot. Here, Traugott spills more about Ringer’s plot, its enviable star Sarah Michelle Gellar and getting her to come back to network television (she wanted to do cable!), and why the show is indeed a good fit for CBS.

WHAT IS RINGER EXACTLY? READ FULL STORY

CBS orders pilot starring Sarah Michelle Gellar

CBS picked up two drama pilots today, one of which could mark the long-awaited comeback of Sarah Michelle Gellar to primetime if picked up to series. Ringer is from writers Eric Carmelo and Nicole Snyder and is about a troubled young woman on the run who hides out by living the life of her wealthy twin sister, until she learns her sibling’s life has a bounty on it as well. It stars Buffy the Vampire Slayer – er, Gellar.

The other pilot is an untitled drama from writer Susannah Grant (The Soloist). It focuses on an ultra-competitive surgeon whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife dies and begins teaching him about life from the hereafter.

For more about fall 2011-12 development: Will remakes of The Munsters and True Lies become great hits? Are you ready for a new take on Sherlock Holmes?

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'Glee,' 'Grey's,' 'NCIS,' 'Smallville,' 'House,' and more!

ask-ausielloImage Credit: Andrew Macpherson/Fox; Giovanni Rufino/The CW; Adam Rose/Fox; Michael Courtney/The CW Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: Okay, so in order for me to make it till Thursday, I need some Grey’s Anatomy scoop—specifically on Mer-Der. —Olivia
Ausiello:
By the time Meredith tells Derek about her pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage in next week’s episode, she will have kept both secrets for a grand total of three months. Why wait so long? “The man was shot, and he’s already feeling [responsible] for getting a bunch of people killed,” explains series creator Shonda Rhimes. “So for her to tell him that the shooting also caused her miscarriage seems a little bit cruel. He doesn’t need one more thing to worry about.” Makes sense to me!

Question: I’d love a little Grey’s Anatomy scoopbit. —Christine
Ausiello:
Yet another Buffy grad is checking into Seattle Grace. Amber Benson (ex-Tara) will guest-star in this season’s seventh episode as the estranged daughter of one of Cristina’s patients.

Question: Any scoop on Ziva’s story line on NCIS? —Jennifer
Ausiello:
During November sweeps, Ziva “comes face-to-face with her father for the first time since her return from Israel,” reveals exec producer Shane Brennan. “It’s an emotion-charged reunion in a two-part episode that also reveals much about the enigmatic Eli David and one of the other team members.” READ FULL STORY

A 'Buffy' movie without its maker? Joss Whedon speaks out!

Buffythemovie_lBlasphemous. Insane. Moronic. Re-freakin’-diculous. Those are just some of the colorful reactions that greeted today’s announcement that H’wood is planning to make a new Buffy movie without Joss Whedon (a.k.a. the worst idea in the history of civilization).

But one person has remained suspiciously silent throughout the escalating controversy: Whedon himself.

Until now, that is.

In an explosive Q&A conducted over e-mail, Whedon weighed in for the first time about the sure-to-be-hellacious Buffy reboot. What follows is a complete transcript of that interview…

What do you think about this Buffy movie they’re making without you?
JOSS WHEDON:
I hope it’s cool.

Alright, so maybe I over-hyped our exchange a little bit. In my
defense, it’s all I could get out of him given the time constraints.
(Whedon’s crazy busy shooting the horror flick Cabin in the Woods and only had 10 seconds to spare.)

But while his words may have been brief, come on, the meaning behind
them was anything but. At the very least, his statement is open to all
kinds of interpretation. Is he taking the high road? Is he genuinely
hopeful it won’t suck? Is “cool” secret code for something else — like
“colossal failure,” perhaps? Post your theories below!

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