She’s baaaack! Sarah Michelle Gellar, of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame, was welcomed with thunderous applause Thursday during the “Ringer” panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego. You’d hardly think she ever took a break from acting.
“It’s really hard when you have a show like ‘Buffy,’ ” she said. “You’re not looking for a show to top it … I wanted to come back and do a show fans would love.”
That show seems to have presented itself. Gellar makes her return to TV in the new CW series “Ringer” this fall. In it, she plays Bridget Cafferty, a recovering alcoholic with a sordid past who, after witnessing a murder, flees to New York in an effort to escape the killers who want her dead. It’s there that she’s briefly reunited with her estranged twin sister, Siobhan. What results is a more thriller-like version of “The Parent Trap,” as Bridget ends up assuming Siobhan’s identity and soon discovers both are hiding something.
The panel featured Gellar as well as Nestor Carbonell (“Lost”), Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”) and Kristoffer Polaha (“Life Unexpected”), in addition to executive producer Pam Veasey (“CSI:NY”), and co-executive producers Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder ( both of “Supernatural”).
Here’s an overview of what went down:
— On “Ringer’s” switch from CBS to the CW: Gellar said she thought, “Yes! I’m getting better clothing!”
— Gellar gets back into action scenes in the new series — something she was quite familiar with from her “Buffy” days. Initially, she was told a stunt double would be doing the fighting in “Ringer.” “They were all so paranoid,” she said. “I’m thinking, ‘This is weird. I can do it.’ ”
— On whether her hubby, Freddie Prinze Jr., might make an appearance, Gellar joked that they’d bring him on in a love triangle between the wives of some of the other characters.
— For the Gellar admirers wondering what it’s like to kiss the actress, Polaha revealed his costar has “very soft lips.”
— When asked how long things might take to unfold, executive producer Charmelo said he had three seasons in mind when he envisioned the series.
— Gellar has already found something in her new character that trumps Buffy: “I get to shoot a gun” in this show, she said. “Buffy never got to shoot a gun.” And, she added, she also gets to use a scale saw.
— Despite the popularity of supernatural elements, and Gellar’s “Buffy” background, there will be no vampires on the show, Snyder said.
— Yvonne Villarreal
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