Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to TV (why Buffy fans should care)

Since her time as the Slayer ended, Gellar's been dabbling in movies—some good, some not so much—but she's bringing her gifts for character depth and roundhouse kicks to CBS' new series, Ringer. And the producer explains why Whedonites won't be disappointed.

It's been a long time since Gellar graced the TV screen—not counting voice roles on shows like The Simpsons and Robot Chicken—but, apparently, she was waiting for the right show to come along. And, according to Peter Traugott, the producer of CBS' Ringers—which just got the green light to shoot a pilot—this fits the bill.

Describing the show to Entertainment Weekly, he says:

"It's an edgy thriller about redemption and about revenge. There's a point of view of two twin sisters who grew apart over a tragedy in their past. And one now seeks redemption and the other one seeks revenge. The sister who is seeking redemption has had a much more troubled life. When her fancy pants sister disappears, she takes over her life. She's living the life of her more successful sister only to come to find out that her life is equally as fraught with danger and complication. Her sister dies in a boating accident. The other sister takes on her persona, only to come to find out that they have a hit out on her."

Gellar will, naturally, be playing both roles, much as she did with the Buffybot of lore. But that's not the only thing that'll satisfy fans of Joss Whedon's cult classic:

"One thing she wanted to guard against was making sure that she whatever she does in TV, she does something that her fans who had grown up loving Buffy will also be excited about. ... I think what's remarkable about her as an actor ... she can play both sides well. If you remember Cruel Intentions, she was the villain, but you found yourself kind of rooting for her anyway. That's what we're looking for. How do we find something where her character has some edge, there's some darkness to her, she doesn't always do the right thing, but at the end of the day, you're also rooting for her? And that's what we were looking for in this. Obviously, Buffy was a hero, a kick-ass hero, and we wanted to be true to that with Sarah."

So does that convince you to check out Ringer?

(via EW)

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