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Buffy is Coming Back to a Television and Radio Near You

It might seem kind of an odd time and place, but next week the BBC will be airing a half hour special on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its legacy in media.

The special episode of Front Row is in honor of the 10th anniversary of the final episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer airing in Britain. Host Naomi Alderman will be talking to Joss Whedon, Anthony Head, Neil Gaiman, Rhianna Pratchett, TV executives Jane Root and Susanne Daniels, and fans of the show Blake Harrison and Bim Adewunmi. So get that big antenna out, or keep an eye on the BBC Front Row website on the day after Christmas to catch it.

Wait, that’s a radio show, you say. You mentioned television. I did! Pivot TV, doing an excellent job of living up to its mandate to target the 18-34 year-old audience, has announced that it has acquired syndication rights to not only Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but also Veronica Mars. The channel will be instituting the Buffy and Veronica Power Hours block every weeknight from 10 to 11, starting January 13th.

So if you are tired of having to choose your own Buffy episodes from Netflix, and would like someone else to do it for you, or, you don’t have another way to watch Veronica Mars, Pivot Network is your place to be. Or to DVR.

(via BBC and Deadline.)

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  • Anonymous

    Hold your horses on that TV insight. This reminds me of situation that really got “Freaks and Geeks” cancelled. They kept marketing that show to teenagers on their T-NBC lineup when they should have marketed it during “Friends” for a demographic who might want a bit of early 80′s nostalgia.

    “Buffy” is my second favorite show of all-time, but for all its great writing- its production hasn’t aged that well and I think that a show that wants to appeal to 18-34 year-olds needs a lot more gloss. “Veronica Mars” on the other hand might do well. If you started watching “Gossip Girl” when you were 16, you might be a point in your life where you can relate to Veronica. However, I feel that if you started watching “Gossip Girl” when you were 10 you might find “Veronica” mundane.

  • Guymelef

    Half an hour wouldn’t even begin to cover it, particularly if they’re talking with all those people.

  • Foxfire

    Crazy. Just yesterday, here in Australia (not well known for surprising us with random stuff) I was in a toy shop and there was two full shelves of buffy figures, including a massive brooding Angel.

    It felt like I’d stepped back in time 10 years or so. I was pretty wierded out.

  • Anonymous

    ‘It seems kind of an odd time and place’ should be Radio 4′s motto. In the best possible way.

    I can’t even begin to describe how much I love Radio 4 (the station that Front Row is on). I’ve always love it, but in my new job I’ve been listening to it in the daytime a lot, and it’s been a joy to have so much exposure to it.

    Highlights today included Womens’ Hour (daily: feminism, interviews with powerful women, performances from female musicians, tedious dramas); an episode of a Roddy Doyle dramatisation; a surreal Richard Wilson comedy where he plays a version of himself; a documentary about Christmas Carols, a drama series that accompanies the hit Danish show Borgen; an episode weekly show about psychology, mental health and neuroscience (all In The Mind) and Front Row, where Tom Hiddleston was being interviewed (it was Mark Gatis yesterday). This is interspersed with some of the best news reportage and analysis in the world.

    I list the programs to give an idea of how varied, random and wonderful R4′s listings are. And these are all newly-made or live shows going out. Sherlock and DW are all very well, but for my money Radio 4 is the Beeb’s crowning glory.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure that’s true about Buffy not appealing to teens now. You’re
    right, the production has aged, but I think even callow teens can get
    past that pretty quickly where the writing and storytelling is good

    At the moment Joss Whedon is more successful than ever,
    and a big part of his fanbase is teens. It’s clear then that his writing
    still appeals to that demographic and whereas the sets and hairstyles
    on Buffy have aged, I don’t think the writing has (well, maybe one or
    two of the references).

    I don’t just say this because I like
    Buffy so much, but because I think teens get a bad press about their
    tastes: the big glamorous, controversial shows will always get the press
    but I think teens respond to story and character just as much as
    everyone else.

    As for VM… that show always struggled to find
    its audience. I LOVED when I finally saw it (they never showed it in the
    UK) but I can kind of see why it struggled for a big following. Buffy
    was sharp, clever and funny, but also very accessible. Somehow VM was
    the first three but not the last.

  • Anonymous

    Buffy already airs in the US on LOGO and Veronica Mars airs in the US on SoapNet almost every day. So, while it is always nice to have good shows back on tv, they’ve been back for a while. Nothing against Pivot, besides their use of the term “Millennials”, I’m just sharing the tv wealth.

  • Robin S

    Maybe this will bring back knee socks, plaid skirts and The Rachel.

    …oh crap, what if it brings back knee socks, plaid skirts and The Rachel?

  • Anonymous

    I might have confused you, but I’m not talking about teenagers. I’m talking about 18 to 34 year old whose standards are defined by “Gossip Girl” “Vampire Diaries” “902010″. Their standards are unlikely to vary from that safe spot considering:

    a. They’ll watch “Scandal” “Downton Abbey” as their grownup/Alpha Show

    b. They’ll rewatch GG VD and 90210 on Netflix and Hulu as nostalgia/Beta Show
    c. Be commuted to shows that are similar shows of yore – “Dallas” “Peyton Place” “Melrose Place” their Delta Shows
    d. Will be increasingly exposed to international shows with the same m.o. “Gossip Girl: Acapulco” (Mexico) “I Need Romance” (South Korea) – Epsilon? I don’t know my Greek alphabet

    The internet has allowed for a closed circuit entertainment future in which you can be a teenager until buried in the cold, cold ground. Taste never has to change for the individual. Veronica Mars can actually sustain new life in this environment. Buffy is going to suffer because the production is something that can easily discriminated against. (I know that plenty of guys like that watched Buffy, but those younger had their production standards set by the Raimi Spider-Man movies).

  • Naomi Alderman

    Sadly that is all I got. One makes do with what one can get.

  • delia

    it seems like you’re really focusing on the younger spectrum of 18-34, and just the CW-watchers. what about all the people whose standards were defined by my so-called life, freaks and geeks, and yes, V Mars and Buffy, since many current 18-34 year olds watched those shows were on tv?

  • Brittany K

    As someone who falls squarely into the 18-34 demo I can attest that what you’re saying is simply not accurate. I think it’s unfair to say people in the 18-34 demo have their standards defined by any shows at all, since despite sharing an age, people have varying tastes. I love Buffy, but I also like a couple of the shows you mentioned. Liking on thing doesn’t cancel out liking another.

  • Anonymous

    Of course, I’m focusing on the younger spectrum. They are going to carry that new network for 10 years before they have to secure their profits with original content. “Veronica Mars” has reasonable shot of becoming a “WKRP in Cincinnati” where it becomes more popular in syndication than it did in its original run. “Buffy”‘s got “Supernatural”, “Smallville” “Doctor Who”, “X-Files”, etc. as securer brands that can replace it.

    Also, as the link emphasizes the network survival trumps identity. I’m going to be out of their demo in 4 years- it is suicide to go out of their way service me when the young adult that 7 years younger than me is the likely customer to follow their original programming.

  • Anonymous

    No company that values its survival cares about accuracy when comes to sponsored programming. They care about precision. Reruns of “Big Bang Theory” on CBS and syndication have beaten new episodes of other network shows. The “Law & Order” franchise is still profitable. They still watch “Dynasty” around the world. The market might be more open because of the internet, but the internet is hard to monetize and TV has become acutely conservative. Yes you as an individual can both enjoy “Buffy” and “Gossip Girl”, but the market is going to serve you up more “Gossip Girl” because there are more “GG” fans sans “Buffy” than the other way around.

  • Anonymous

    No company that values its survival cares about accuracy when comes to sponsored programming. They care about precision. Reruns of “Big Bang Theory” on CBS and syndication have beaten new episodes of other network shows. The “Law & Order” franchise is still profitable. They still watch “Dynasty” around the world. The market might be more open because of the internet, but the internet is hard to monetize and TV has become acutely conservative. Yes you as an individual can both enjoy “Buffy” and “Gossip Girl”, but the market is going to serve you up more “Gossip Girl” because there are more “GG” fans sans “Buffy” than the other way around.

  • Anonymous

    IMHO Radio 4 and 6Music are by far the best things the BBC produce – and rather ironically you don’t need to pay the license fee to enjoy them. (and yes, Women’s hour is absolutely badass.. apart from those dramas!)

  • Anonymous

    I always thought that the point of hitting the magical syndication number of 100 episodes meant you could guarantee that at all times, somewhere an episode of your show is being aired. Is this not the case, or does even this run out after 15 years or so?

  • Charles

    Fingers crossed they will let you loose on more things like Buffy!

  • SheRunsLikeAGirl

    Sounds like my fantasy, where was the shop?

  • Anonymous

    Having 100 episodes helps with the initial buy-in, but you still get have to get ratings. Check out section Adored By The Network and you’ll see a sobering pattern on what cable channels love to rerun.

  • Brittany K

    I’m gonna be honest here, I don’t think you even know what you’re talking about.

    Yeah, during a particular show you’re going to see advertisements for other shows and products similar to the show you’re watching, but that’s just for the 30 minutes/1 hour the show is on. That’s not exactly how life works.

    I would also argue that if you look at the shows currently airing, you’re going to find that a lot more of them can trace their roots to Buffy rather than, say, Gossip Girl, which you seem so determined to shoehorn into this conversation.

    Also, you mentioned the Vampire Diaries earlier. I think it’s fair to say that someone who is a fan of that show may go looking for something similar to watch, which could easily lead them right to Buffy. So even if a person believed that a person is confined to a tv safe spot like you insinuated, it doesn’t mean something like Buffy would never come into play.

  • Foxfire

    It was the Mr Toys in the Brisbane City mall opposite Myer. So I would assume most Mr Toys have something similar (unless there is just a super buffy fan working in that particular shop :D

  • Anonymous calls this Opinion Myopia. “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” is like the band “Television” critically lauded, creators swear by them, but ultimately they can only headline small festivals around NYC, Boston, London, Dublin, maybe Amsterdam, and some college campuses.

    Just read the article again. EW’s 8th Greatest Show in TV History has only one niche cable TV station that airs it. A station so niche the article writer didn’t know or forgot it existed. Also, the salute to an American show that ended 10 years ago, is being done for a half hour by a British radio broadcast.

    Now that’s a better place than “Veronica Mars”, but VM lacks the warts that Buffy has because it wasn’t an ambitious production.

    If I sound like I’m picking on “Gossip Girl”- I’m not. GG has several remakes from different countries- I’m aware of Mexico and Turkey. It also has strong fan-bases in other countries. In South Korea, it’s no “Sex & The City”, “24″, “Doctor Who”, “ER”, or “X-Files”, but “Gossip Girl” has far more cultural penetration than “Buffy”.

    You are not paying attention to atrophy of the cultural marketplace. I forgot what business news station that said it but to paraphrase, “Research is showing, that to the consumer, what matters really matters and what doesn’t matter really doesn’t matter”. This was an answer to the question of why we now see Christmas sales right after Halloween.

    P.S. To your point about “Vampire Diaries”. Yes, there is a piece of the Venn diagram that VD, Buffy, and Twilight fans share;however, VD shades more towards Twilight than Buffy. The most likely Beta Show- “Charmed”!

  • Brittany K

    There is obviously no point in trying to have a discussion with you.