Let’s face it, Buffy the Vampire Slayer had the odds stacked against it. No one had ever taken a movie that failed to make any sort of impression with audiences and decided to turn it into a television series before. Why would they? Well, defying expectations became commonplace for Buffy and its creator, writer Joss Whedon. Not only did the resulting show receive far more acclaim from the critics and fans than the film had, it became a pop culture phenomenon that ended up running for seven seasons. And it spawned a spin-off in the form of Angel, which ran for five seasons of its own. Yet despite all that, Joss had more ideas to expand the universe; ideas that weren’t driven by greed, but rather an excess of concepts and stories that deserved to live on their own.

Former Buffy executive producer Marti Noxon (creator of Sharp Objects and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, and co-creator of UnReal) explains, “As the show started to function a little more smoothly and he had a little bit more time, unlike the rest of us who would go home and take a nap, Joss goes and creates another show. Joss would say to me, ‘What’d you do this weekend?’ and I’m, like, ‘Well, I went to the mall, saw my brother, worked in the morning on Saturday. What did you do?’ and he’ll reply, ‘I wrote a couple of songs, I did a comic book, I created this new show, and I’m working on a novel.’ Also, as the characters in the universe developed, we started to see possibilities in all of them. I look at almost every character on Buffy and I think, ‘Wow, they could have their own show.’ As you start to see the richness of that world, you realize there’s all this potential for spin-offs.”

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