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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the most beloved genre series of recent memory, and it has naturally come up time and time again as a potential revival with the original cast. The original cast has seemed unlikely to sign on for a revival en masse for a while now, but original head honcho Joss Whedon is now executive producing a new show with what seems to be a new cast. Original series actress Alyson Hannigan, who played Willow on Buffy, shared her thoughts on the revival, saying this:
As long as Joss is involved it will be good, I'm sure... That show was just so incredible and I think sort of ahead of its time. Honestly, they should just put reruns on primetime. I feel like the old show would still hold up. At least that's what people keep telling me. Now the fans of the show, their children are watching so we have a whole other generation. But I don't know I just hope [the reboot] is as good as ours was.
Alyson Hannigan was clear in her chat with E! News that she doesn't have any inside info on the new Buffy, but she's optimistic that it will be worth watching as long as Joss Whedon is on board. Buffy never would have become the show that it did (and Whedon undoubtedly would not be a household name who went on to direct two of the biggest movies in one of the biggest film franchises in history) without him at the helm. Whether you love him, hate him, or have never seen a single one of his projects, there's no denying that he brought a beloved show to life. Could he do the same with a second Buffy?
Only time will tell. The reboot sounds like it will be a revival insofar as it will be set in the same universe as original recipe Buffy and her pals, but it won't necessarily include any appearances from characters fans already know and love. At least one actor has said that he's on board for a revival, although there would be some serious complications given his character's status as an un-aging supernatural being.
The fact that the new Buffy sounds like it will be a revival rather than a total reboot likely means that a certain Stranger Things star is out of the running to tackle the Willow character, as she suggested on social media. That said, maybe she could play Willow's daughter or other relative. Stranger things in Buffy have happened than Willow having a daughter, and it would open the door for Alyson Hannigan to appear without signing on as a regular or even recurring actor. It's 2018! There are ways for Willow to have a daughter if she decided she wanted one. Maybe she could appear on Buffy a la John Stamos in Fuller House.
Before we start counting on Alyson Hannigan appearing in Buffy 2.0 -- which is likely quite a ways off anyway -- we can at least note that she's much more open to a new show in her series' universe than the Charmed stars were about the upcoming CW show. Hannigan will probably be busy with other projects, including the live-action Kim Possible movie and a very unexpected show.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest and greatest in Buffy news. For some viewing options while we wait, swing by our fall TV premiere schedule.