Is a 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Reboot on the Way?

Is  a 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Reboot on the Way?

The head of the Fox network's TV division says he loves the idea of a reboot of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The series' fan base makes it an obvious candidate for a new treatment, he says, but he may be overestimating how much passionate fan bases love it when someone tinkers with their old favorites.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Fox Television Group chairman & CEO Gary Newman gave hope to all Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanatics that the beloved 1990s series could return to the small screen.

Speaking at the INTV conference in Israel Tuesday, Newman listed off many of Fox's successful series reboots —including The X-Files, 24 and Prison Break —before acknowledging that Buffy “is probably our most ripe show for a remake, it's something we talk about frequently.”

But Newman said the choice to bring back Buffy is up to series creator Joss Whedon.

“Joss Whedon is one of the greatest creatives we've ever worked with,” Newman said. "When Josh decides its time, we'll do it, until Josh does, we won't.”

A Buffy reboot, Newman added, made a lot of sense given the show's passionate fan base and built in brand recognition, elements he said were key to successfully reviving a TV series. “If there isn't a passionate fan base, a sense of nostalgia, I don't really see the need to bring back the show,” he noted.

Asked about the recent reboot of American Idol — ABC launched its revival of the hit music competition format on Sunday, just two years after the show finished its 15-season run on Fox — Newman said he thought it was “a little too soon” to bring back Idol but admitted ABC “got a pretty good start.” Idol was easily the top show Sunday night, averaging a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers over two hours. While low by Idol's standards, the result was impressive given the current state of the U.S. television market. NBC's The Voice, the number one singing competition on air, scored a 2.8 rating, with 12.3 million viewers with its new season premiere.

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