"Buffy's" Sarah Michelle Gellar Returns to TV with "Ringer"
All you Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans take note: Sarah Michelle Gellar is on her way back to prime time TV, and I, for one, am jazzed!
Gellar has been cast in a new pilot for CBS called Ringer, a thriller about identical twins sisters, one of whom ends up dead and the other who ends up on the run from the mob.
The producer of the pilot, Peter Traugott did an interview with EW.com about the show and gives some details:
She plays two characters: One is Bridget, the sister who takes over Siobhan’s life—Siobhan’s the other sister. The sisters reunite after having been estranged for a long time, and when they reunite, Siobhan dies.
As a big fan of the show Damages, I was thrilled to hear Traugott also say:
I love Damages—by the way, it’s my favorite show—but in the same way that Damages tells part of the story in the present, through the past. Not just flashbacks but through actual stories in the past. That’s what’s happening here. Hopefully if we go to series, the audience will come to understand what the fall out was between Siobhan and Bridget.
Why Siobhan would never want to see her sister again, why Bridget was in a kind of dark place in her life—all that stuff will be told as we move forward in Bridget’s stories through flashbacks with Siobhan.
I love the idea. I love the comparison to Damages' storytelling. I love that it's a thriller. You can count this Buffy fan in. All in.
Just think of the potential for guest stars! Alyson Hannigan (witchy Willow Rosenberg) is already part of the CBS family on How I Met Your Mother so there's no reason she shouldn't stop by for a visit. Then there's James Marsters (Spike, aka William the Bloody) who's already playing a baddie on Hawaii Five-0. There's no reason he can't stop by as well.
Oh the possibilities!
Gellar has been one a bit of a hiatus since getting married to Freddie Prinze, Jr. and then having her daughter, Charlotte a couple of years ago. Though her post-Buffy acting life consisted of movie roles, for my money, TV is where she really belongs.
Before her Buffy days, Gellar hit it big on television in the soap world when she was cast as Kendall Hart, the long-lost daughter of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) on All My Children. Kendall was a bad girl with a vulnerable side, and Gellar won a Daytime Emmy for the role.
Her best film role and coincidentally, the closest to her role of Kendall on AMC was as a conniving teen in Cruel Intentions. The film was a modern day take on Dangerous Liaisons and starred a young Reese Witherspoon and a scrumptious-looking Ryan Phillippe.
As great as Gellar was in it, it reinforced for me the fact that she's one of the many actors and actresses who simply make their greatest impact on television. They tend to get lost on the big screen, but when it comes to the small screen, they shine.
I watched a couple of Buffy episodes from the final season a few weeks ago, and I was reminded again what a good actress she is. With the comparison to Damages, let's hope Ringer gets the kind of writing mojo that made that show so spectacular. If it does, Gellar will grab the role and run with it.
Megan Smith is the BlogHer Contributing Editor covering Television/Online Video. Her other blogs are Megan's Minute, quirky commentary around the clock and Meg's Rad Reviews.