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Date Posted: 02:00:59 07/29/05 Fri
Author: silveragent
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Subject: Joss vs. Freddy
In reply to: Karmina 's message, "Re: Prinze says no SMG in Buffy role" on 21:59:57 07/28/05 Thu

Joss and Freddy basically traded barbs across interviews. Freddy stated that SMG would have re-upped for Buffy if she had been properly appreciated for her sacrifices and creative input. Joss responded by mocking FPJ's career and absence on the set of Buffy.

The of course there's the Entertainment Weekly Interview with Sarah at the end of S7, in which she detailed her unhappiness with the public sex scene with Spike in the Bronze, other things in S6. The words traded in S5 during Buffy's renewal negotiations (Sarah said she didn't want to do Buffy if it left WB; Joss responded by threatening to fire her and replace her with Eliza and "Faith the Vampire Slayer"). Sarah in recent interviews lamented the lack of screen time for Xander, and lack of Buffy-Xander-Willow friendship in S6 and S7.

While I don't think Sarah should have opined on the renewal negotiations, I think Joss over-reacted and needlessly embarrassed his star. I don't think his creative direction in S6-7 was particularly good, and his handling of Sarah's concerns was not artful, particularly since she is a lot more important to the Buffyverse than say, James.

I don't think Sarah or Joss hate each other, but I don't think they are anxious to work together, or will work together again ever, and Freddy's words reflect that. Which is a pity because the team of Joss, Sarah, Greenwalt, and folks like Batali and Des Hotel and Noxon and Espenson put together some of the best TV around in S1-3. When they were all on the same page.

Freddy is probably being a good husband and sticking the needle into Joss a bit; Joss wrote the Buffy movie and it was a flop.

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