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'Dr. Horrible 2' Was Killed By 'The Avengers'

1 November 2013 6:49 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

By Tami Katzoff

2013 was supposed to be the year that a sequel to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” finally came together. Fans and participants alike were excited about it; Nathan Fillion, who starred in the 2008 internet musical alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day, had hinted that a sequel was forthcoming, if not imminent, and Maurissa Tancharoen, who crafted the film with the Brothers Whedon (her husband Jed and in-laws Zack and Joss) confirmed to MTV News in late 2012 that work was indeed being done.

But alas, it is not to be -- not in 2013 and highly unlikely in 2014. And you can put most of the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Avengers and their sequel.

“I think that all of us overestimated our multitasking abilities,” Zack Whedon told us. “It’s not on the front burner, unfortunately.” What is on the front burner is Joss’ second Avengers film »

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'Serenity': Zack Whedon Continues 'Firefly' With A Very Pregnant Zoe

31 October 2013 1:00 PM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

By Tami Katzoff

Browncoats (fans of Joss Whedon’s short-lived TV show “Firefly” and its feature film follow-up “Serenity”) have had reason to rejoice since Dark Horse Comics announced that the adventures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Co. will continue with a new six-issue comic series, “Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.” What makes this even sweeter for fans is the choice of writer for the series: television scribe Zack Whedon... Also known as Joss’ little brother.

Most of the previously published Firefly/Serenity comics, including those scripted by Zack, focused on backstory, or events that occurred between the TV show and the film. “Leaves on the Wind” will be the first series to pick up the action right where “Serenity” left off. It commences roughly 39 weeks after the Serenity crew managed to give the big bad guys of the Alliance a sizeable butt-kicking, with a very pregnant Zoe (widow »

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One 'Serenity' Actor Is Looking For Another Gig With Joss Whedon

16 September 2013 12:41 PM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

By Tami Katzoff

Sarah Paulson's experience on the set of Joss Whedon's first feature film, "Serenity," wasn't exactly a positive one. "It was awful," she semi-seriously said while promoting the upcoming historical drama "12 Years a Slave," starring another "Serenity" vet, Chiwetel Ejiofor.

"And here's why: I didn't get to act with anybody. I was on an enormous soundstage, we shot it in one day, and it was a big green screen, and I had to act like I was being attacked and mauled by Ravers. Reavers. Raspers. What were they? Reavers. And I had to put a gun to my head and kill myself. In front of all these people, being attacked by these things that weren't actually there."

Yet Paulson understands the importance of "Serenity" to Whedonites old and new. "I'm so glad to have been a part of it," she said.

And despite her less-than-fond memories of the "Serenity" shoot, »

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A Year Of The Weekly Whedon

17 April 2013 9:30 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

The past year has been quite a celebratory one for Joss Whedon, and The Weekly Whedon has celebrated right along with him. Our first column was posted in May of 2012, just after "The Avengers" had its Us premiere. Now, our final post follows Joss & Co.'s triumph at the MTV Movie Awards.

Since last spring we’ve spoken with many of the Whedonverse’s finest actors (Tom Lenk, Sean Maher, Alexis Denisof, Julie Benz, James Marsters, Adam Baldwin) and writer/producers (Tim Minear, Jane Espenson, Marti Noxon, Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon, Jose Molina). We’ve followed Joss to San Diego Comic-Con to commemorate the 10th anniversary of "Firefly," and to Toronto for the world premiere of "Much Ado About Nothing." We’ve discussed "S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Dr. Horrible" and "Buffy," and we've "toured" Serenity with its designer, Carey Meyer.

Being present at the Movie Awards to congratulate Joss Whedon »

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A Week's Worth of 'Buffy' Birthdays

22 March 2013 5:00 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Next week, Joss Whedon fans will celebrate the birthdays of three "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alums: Alyson Hannigan (Willow) on Sunday the 24th, Nathan Fillion (Caleb) on Wednesday the 27th, and Juliet Landau (Drusilla) on Saturday the 30th.

To help you celebrate, the Weekly Whedon has chosen one quintessential "Buffy" episode for each of these fine actors; all are available on Netflix, so we suggest you to watch (or re-watch, whatever the case may be) to commemorate each birthday!

Alyson Hannigan - March 24th – Episode 3.16, "Doppelgangland"

This episode, written and directed by Joss Whedon, marks the second appearance of alternate-universe Vamp Willow (she first showed her fangs in "The Wish" earlier in season 3). But in "Doppelgangland," Vamp Willow faces Regular ol' Willow, and hilarity ensues. Also, there’s a big fight at The Bronze, and that always makes for good fun.

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'Vampire Diaries' Ep Jose Molina Reflects On 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer's' Legacy

15 March 2013 7:21 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Sixteen years ago this week, with the premiere of an episode titled "Welcome to the Hellmouth," television audiences were introduced to Buffy Anne Summers, high school student and slayer of vampires. There’s so much one can say about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" legacy, but Jose Molina sums it up nicely. "For me, the most significant thing to come out of 'Buffy' was that it forced people to re-evaluate their perception of what a genre show was and what it could be," he says. "A show with a goofy name and an outlandish premise came out of left field and told some of the most original, moving, surprising stories on television. It forced people to pay attention and not judge a book by its cover. 'Buffy' paved the way for thoughtful, bold genre shows that sought to break with convention, and »

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Tim Minear, Joss Whedon & The Best Comic-Con Ever

8 March 2013 9:42 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Folks are already planning their trips to San Diego for Comic-Con 2013, but for fans of Joss Whedon, Sdcc 2012 will be hard to top. Its highlight, of course, was the reunion panel celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Firefly.”

“It was just so great to see all those people,” writer/producer Tim Minear remembers. “I had particularly a lot of fun with Sean [Maher], because we got to kind of roam around outside the convention hall as we were trying to find the place where we were all meeting to go to dinner. And it was just fun to be walking with ‘Simon’ through those giant crowds of people. There were just so many ‘Firefly’ fans there.”

Minear still marvels at the show’s ever-growing popularity. “It was truly amazing to have however many thousands of people crammed into that ballroom just to see a panel for a show »

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Tim Minear Challenges Joss Whedon In The Bram Stoker Awards

1 March 2013 7:01 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

If you’ve got post-Oscars malaise or are saddened by the expiration of awards season, take heart: There are still prizes to be given out. Nominations for the annual Bram Stoker Awards, bestowed by the Horror Writers Association, were announced late last week.

Last year’s winner in the screenplay category was “American Horror Story,” and Ahs has been nominated once again, this time for an episode penned by executive producer Tim Minear called “Dark Cousin.”

It’s the episode where we meet Frances Conroy as the Angel of Death – or, as Minear clarifies, the Angel of Despair. “She doesn’t just show up because someone’s going to die; it’s always in the instance where someone has a choice whether to give up or go on.”

Minear says his chances of winning the Bram Stoker Award this year are “probably not very good,” perhaps »

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Julie Benz Talks TV Death, Undeath And 'Defiance'

15 February 2013 11:20 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Hearing actress Julie Benz describe her new TV series conjures memories of a certain beloved show from long ago: A future post-war society struggling to survive. A gritty new frontier. Powerful, complex females who are good with weapons.

But it’s not the second coming of “Firefly” – it’s Syfy’s “Defiance,” and it’s got all of the above plus seven alien races and an Mmo video game.

In “Defiance,” which premieres April 15th (the game launches two weeks prior), Benz plays Amanda Rosewater, newly-appointed mayor of the town for which the show is named. “She’s a bit in over her head as far as her job goes,” says Benz of her character. “Her heart’s in the right place, but that doesn’t always serve her well.”

Defiance” is set in what was formerly St. Louis, eight years after a massive war between humans and aliens. »

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Adam Baldwin Talks Joss, Jayne And 'Serenity' Dreams

1 February 2013 6:39 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Adam Baldwin has had many iconic film and television roles. The ones he lists as his personal career milestones include Ricky Linderman in “My Bodyguard,” Animal Mother in “Full Metal Jacket,” John Casey on “Chuck,” and Albert Hockenberry in “D.C. Cab” (“I was a little overwhelmed,” Baldwin says of his time playing young Albert. “I was just a kid in a candy store of giant comedian crazy people.”).

And then, of course, there’s “Firefly” and the man they call Jayne: the brawler who loves weapons, women, and the orange hat his mom made. Jayne Cobb, “the mercenary with a heart of gold” and the Hero of Canton, is one of the most beloved characters in the Whedonverse and beyond.

It’s been a decade since “Firefly” and seven years since its big-screen follow-up, “Serenity,” but the series is still sorely missed by its cast. “We »

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Joss Whedon And 'Star Wars': What Might Have Been

18 January 2013 9:44 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

There are few things in this world that I care more about than "Star Wars" and the work of Joss Whedon. So when Whedon recently admitted he briefly hoped to direct the next "Star Wars" installment, I couldn’t help but take notice.

I was anxious about contemplating the union of my two greatest pop culture passions — I thought it might make my brain explode. But I did, and it didn’t.

These were my reflections on the matter, transcribed for your reading pleasure:

If Joss Whedon directed "Star Wars," he would figure out how to please the old fans while attracting and engaging new ones. He’d cast actors that can actually act (and probably throw in a few Whedonverse vets for good measure). He’d whip up a tasty blend of action, drama, romance and humor. He’d make sure that the dialogue was »

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James Marsters Would Follow Joss Whedon To The End Of The Earth

11 January 2013 6:49 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

Who’s the coolest, hottest, wittiest, most loveable TV vampire ever to sink his teeth into a jugular vein? Some might think it’s one of those pretty boys from “True Blood” or “The Vampire Diaries,” but here at The Weekly Whedon we know that the Sexiest Vampire Not Alive is Spike. (Sorry, Angel: We’re with the blond Brit all the way.)

James Marsters, the man responsible for giving Spike his swagger, has been dormant in the Whedonverse for a while, but that could certainly change. “I told Joss years ago that if he had one line for me or 50 lines or a lead, wherever I was on Earth I’d come work for him,” Marsters says.

So, a role in “S.H.I.E.L.D.” perhaps? “Yes, yes, yes – whatever he wants.”

Since “Buffy” and “Angel” ended, Marsters has been busy with recurring roles on series like “Hawaii Five-0, »

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Looking Ahead To 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' In 2013

4 January 2013 8:36 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

2012 was a fantastic year for Joss Whedon and his ever-expanding legions of fans. Is it possible for 2013 to be even better? Many signs point to yes: There’s a sequel to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” in the works, and “Much Ado About Nothing” will hit theaters this spring. But here at The Weekly Whedon, the thing that’s got us most excited is, of course, “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which is scheduled to begin production this month.

Jill Pantozzi, associate editor at TheMarySue.com and a Whedonite since the “Buffy” movie, also singles out “S.H.I.E.L.D.” as the project she’s most anticipating. “I’m a comic fan through and through,” says Pantozzi, “and I’m really interested in seeing how that world translates on television.”

Pantozzi admits that she was nervous when she first heard about Whedon’s return to TV, “just because of the past that superhero-type »

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