‘Doomed’: The Rise and Fall of ‘Bully’ and ‘Buffy’ in ‘Burbank’ Season 10
On May 31, 2000, Warner Bros. Television released the first episode of its hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer to an audience of more than one million.
At the time, the show’s creator Joss Whedon was only 29 years old.
Whedon’s show, which would later become a franchise that spawned the X-Men and Marvel franchises, had already become an overnight phenomenon thanks to its combination of supernatural horror and emotional stakes that made it a ratings juggernaut for its time.
Its first season was nominated for 13 Emmys and was nominated four times for best TV series at the Golden Globes, as well as for best comedy series.
(In 2017, it was nominated again for its fourth Emmy.)
Whedon also received an Emmy for his role in The Avengers.
But Whedon had one more thing in mind for his next project, a show that he would direct and star in.
“Buffy the Vampire Hunter” was a collaboration between Whedon and producer and writer Mark Fergus, whose credits included “The Office,” “Breaking Bad,” “Community,” and “Supernatural.”
(Bryan Fuller, whose directing credits included the first two seasons of “Angel,” has since returned to direct.)
Whedon would direct the show and serve as executive producer alongside Fergus.
“It was a dream come true for a lot of us,” Fergus said.
“I’m not sure I could have asked for a better team.”
After Whedon directed “Bully” and wrote and produced the pilot episode of the show, the network ordered a pilot for the show in November 2002, a pilot he would write and direct.
The show would be a hybrid of supernatural and action, featuring the likes of the supernatural demon Mummy (played by Jessica Chastain), a group of vampires who were allwolves (played with supernatural supernatural flair by Kristin Chenoweth and Jared Padalecki), and a group called the “Bunnies,” a group that is all male, all grown up, and all under the thumb of a leader named Dr. Klaus.
“A lot of things about Buffy, even the most basic of things, are pretty messed up,” Whedon said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“We’re a family of kids, and you see the stuff that we’re not allowed to do, the stuff we’re forbidden to do.
So you see us being able to just do it and be able to play that.”
Whedon would eventually write and produce “Bitten,” a 10-episode first season of Buffy the series.
The pilot episode was released in May 2003, a year after Whedon began his run on “Bones.”
In a press release announcing the show premiere, Whedon said he and Fergus were looking for a “family friendly show.”
“We wanted something a little more grounded in reality and a little less supernatural and dark,” Whedon wrote.
Whedon’s team eventually turned to the studio to develop the pilot. “
Our goal was to create a world where there were more people, where it was more like a family, and it was a story about friendship, and a world that was more fun and exciting and less dark and more lighthearted.”
Whedon’s team eventually turned to the studio to develop the pilot.
After the series premiered, it received rave reviews.
The premiere episode sold 2.2 million episodes on DVD, and “Binge” was renewed for a second season.
It was a success for Whedon, who also co-wrote the pilot with producer and co-writer Josh Schwartz.
Whedon also served as executive producers on the upcoming third season of “Bite,” which aired on Netflix in 2018.
The “Bunheads,” as the show is known, is a spin-off of “The Vampire Diaries.”
It follows the misadventures of a family living in a small town, where the parents and three kids are all members of a secret cult.
(Fergus would later voice the lead role in “Bitch Planet,” a live-action comedy series he created and wrote.
Fergus and Whedon would go on to co-write the upcoming film “Fruitvale Station,” about the lives of two teen-age girls on the Los Angeles Zoo.)
“Bobby and I thought the idea of a spinoff of ‘The Vampire diaries’ was really exciting, but also incredibly weird,” Whedon told EW.
“For me, the idea was to kind of take ‘Bunnys’ and turn it into a sort of an alternative universe where they weren’t a cult.
So I was just like, ‘I think I want to do that.’
So we went to [writer] Scott Buck, who was just so interested in doing a spin off of ‘Witchhunters,’ and he really liked the idea.”
The series was a hit, and Whedon wrote a pilot script for the series that would be developed and executive produced by “Bunny”