Eliza Dushku discusses the Faith spinoff that never happened

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Eliza Dushku's Buffy the Vampire Slayer character Faith was so popular that she went on to appear not only in the Angel spinoff, but in comics and novels as well. So how come Dushku's Slayer never ended up with a spinoff TV series of her own? Judging from a recent interview, it sounds as if Joss Whedon was at least partly to blame.

Dushku recently addressed that rumored Faith series, revealing the real reason it never happened:

"After I finished the show, I'd withdrawn from school and followed up with a couple of films like Bring It On, but I'd had such an awesome experience working with Joss I was ready to go down that road again. So I met with Joss and Tim Minear and spoke about the potential for a Faith spin-off. But Buffy had just gone on seven years and Joss was really straightforward: he couldn't play the kind of day-to-day role he had on Buffy—he had his family.

I love Tim Minear, I trust him wholeheartedly and it wasn't that I felt without Joss it wasn't right, but it was a contributing factor. On top of it, I had just played this character for almost five years, it felt like time to explore a different role. So I ended up making a decision that, though looking back I don't regret, in hindsight maybe the talks could have continued a bit longer.

It's a question I've been asked a gazillion times: 'Why'd you do Tru Calling and not the Faith spin-off?' Thing is, even Joss was part of helping me make that decision. He said: 'I think you have to follow your gut, which is trying something different, and we'll stay friends so this isn't goodbye, this is until next time.'"

What do you think? Is it time for next time? Should Dushku's Faith try to make a go of it on TV once more?

(via SFX)