It's been a month since we got word that Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the beloved supernatural teen drama that changed genre television forever, will live again in the form of a rebooted series created by Monica Owusu-Breen and executive-produced by original Buffy creator Joss Whedon. That means the original show's stars are still weighing in on the news, and now it's Alyson Hannigan's turn.
Hannigan got her big break on the show as Willow Rosenberg, a shy, nerdy student who befriends Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) upon her arrival in Sunnydale and ultimately evolves into a lesbian witch who had one of the most visible gay relationships on television ever at the time the show was airing.
Willow and her story remain particularly important for a lot of Buffy fans, so when Hannigan sat down with E!'s Daily Pop last week, they had to ask if she or husband Alexis Denisof (who played Watcher-turned-detective Wesley Wyndam-Pryce on Buffy and its spinoff series Angel) might be returning for the next incarnation of the show.
"I have no idea. I feel like it’s far, far down the road, but we’ll see," Hannigan said. "As long as Joss is involved it’ll be good, I'm sure."
Whedon is indeed involved in the new incarnation of the show, but at this point we have no real indication of exactly how hands-on he'll be, particularly since he's busy with his own new series — The Nevers — at HBO. That said, Whedon is still putting his name on whatever the project becomes, so that has to count for something.
Hannigan was also asked what issues she'd like the new show to tackle, following in the footsteps of Willow's coming-out narrative and gay relationships on the show. She answered that question by simply praising the continued relevance of the original series.
"That show was just so incredible and it was, I think, so ahead of its time. Honestly, they should just put reruns on primetime," she said. "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 it’s as good as ours was."
So, Hannigan's reaction to the reboot is a combination of apprehensive and hopeful, just like most fans since we heard the news. At this point, we still don't know how long we'll have to wait to find out how well the new series lives up to its predecessor, since Fox executives have made it clear that they're taking their time getting the show developed. Perhaps a year from now someone can ask Hannigan again and she'll have something more definitive to say, and maybe even some more thoughts on where Willow might fit in a new generation of Slayers and their allies.