Participant Media-owned Pivot – the TV network targeting the millenial (age 18-34) generation – has acquired all episodes of Fox’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Warner Bros’ Veronica Mars. The series will be joining the programming roster as a Buffy and Veronica Power Hours block, Pivot said today, featuring back-to-back episodes Mondays through Fridays at 10 PM and 11 PM beginning January 13.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy. The series was created by Joss Whedon, under Mutant Enemy Productions, and later with co-executive producers Jane Espenson, David Fury, David Greenwalt, Doug Petrie, Marti Noxon and David Solomon. Veronica Mars, which aired from 2004-2007, stars Kristen Bell as a student who progresses from high school to college while moonlighting as a private investigator under the tutelage of her detective father. The Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars movie raised $5.5 million from more than 90,000 contributors. The series was created by screenwriter Rob Thomas; produced by Warner Bros. Television, Silver Pictures Television, Stu Segall Productions and Rob Thomas Productions.
The news comes from a posting on the Amazon Prime site by the online retail company’s CEO Jeff Bezos. Here’s what he says:
I have big news for Amazon Prime members – we’ve just signed a deal with FOX to add a broad selection of movies and TV shows to our unlimited instant streaming service later this fall. The new additions from the FOX library include 24, Arrested Development, The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and – available on digital video for the first time – The Wonder Years. We now have deals with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, and Warner Bros, and adding FOX will bring the total to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows available for unlimited instant streaming.
Since launching earlier this year, we have now doubled the number of titles available in Prime instant videos, and there’s still more to come. Prime membership remains $79 a year, and of course features our unlimited free two-day shipping on millions of products. Prime is one of the best values anywhere.
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TCA: Sarah Michelle Gellar To Guest On Departing Soap ‘All My Children’
The last time Sarah Michelle Gellar attended a session at TCA, she was about to depart Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a network (UPN) that no longer exists. That was eight years ago. Now, Gellar is 34 and the mother of a toddler daughter as well as the star of the new CW drama hour Ringer, in which she stars as a woman impersonating her murdered identical twin sister. While she was away, Gellar said she did a lot of traveling, became a mom, and recharged her engine.
“I was very burnt out after Buffy,” Gellar admitted during a panel promoting Ringer. “It was exhausting. I was essentially 18 on the pilot and 24 and married by the time we finished, and I’d never had any time (to myself). I did the show and movies during weekends and hiatus time.” But during the intervening years while traveling, Gellar said, she began to watch a lot of TV “and I suddenly realized all of the amazing roles for women are on television. Also, once I had my daughter, I realized I was done with the nomadic lifestyle. I want to put my daughter to bed at night and be there for her first day of school. Nothing allows an actress to do that better than television.”
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