Monday, October 20, 2003

Who's visiting?

The demise of Buffy the Vampire Slayer left fans longing to see their favorite characters appear on Angel - but the reunion might have to wait a while.

The punk vampire Spike (James Marsters) made the jump from being a regular on Buffy to being a regular on Angel, and producers are hoping for a few other crossovers down the road.

Nothing is certain at this stage, but the following is a rundown of who may and may not make guest appearances:

Buffy Summers: Likely - maybe next season. Sarah Michelle Gellar has said she'd enjoy resurrecting her character as Angel's old flame, but wanted some distance on her signature role. Creator Joss Whedon also said he'd like her to return - eventually. "I'm not banking on it," he said.

Willow Rosenberg: Possibly. This good witch played by Alyson Hannigan has shown up on Angel before, and the actress has another connection to the show: she's engaged to marry co-star Alexis Denisof. "I hope they can talk her into it. I'll certainly be trying to talk her into it," he said. "It's a question of scheduling and the storyline. You've got to come up with a story that really justifies it."

Rupert Giles: Maybe, but unlikely. The grown-up occult expert who oversaw the evil-battling kids in Sunnydale is earmarked to return - someday - in a TV movie titled Ripper. The character never cared to cooperate much with Angel, who killed Giles' girlfriend years ago during a relapse of evil.

Xander Harris: Doubtful. Nicholas Brendon played this ordinary guy, who always harbored jealousy over Angel's relationship with Buffy. Brendon has said the characters wouldn't fit well together.

Dawn Summers: Doubtful. Buffy's little sister (played by Michelle Trachtenberg) wasn't around when Angel was hanging out in her hometown of Sunnydale, so she has no connection to him or reason to join forces.

Cordelia Chase: Bet on it. This glamor gal may be lying in a coma, but the writers expect to bring her back for a midseason flourish. "We definitely want to see Charisma again," Whedon said. "She has an important part to play to bring some closure."

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