DAY ‘VAMP’ ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is going to Fox! Relax, it’s only an animated version. While ”Buffy”’s producer, Twentieth Century Fox, and the WB continue haggling over the future of the live action ”Buffy” (with the threat of it jumping to Fox’s affiliate network still looming), creator Joss Whedon has sold a ‘toon version of the hit drama to Fox Kids. (Kids’ WB! had considered the show, but one insider said a deal was out of the question as long as ”Buffy”’s future in prime time remained uncertain.)
Slated to bow in February 2002, the animated ”Buffy” follows the lives of our favorite slayer and the Scooby Gang at ages 15 and 16. Whedon is hoping Sarah Michelle Gellar et al. will provide voices for their cartoon counterparts, though no deal has been struck. ”Our creative mandate is ‘Batman’ meets ‘The Simpsons,”’ he says, ”to have real thrills and real adventures that we can’t afford on the TV show, but at the same time have a level of humor so dense that somebody my age could watch it and have a great time.”
STARS AND STRIKES It’s not easy to roll a red carpet across a picket line, so the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has decided not to air the Emmys in September should a strike by actors and writers occur. If Hollywood shuts down, the Academy will announce nominations as usual in July and conduct the voting in August, but will postpone the ceremony (currently scheduled for Sept. 16 on CBS) until the unions and studios resolve their differences.
What ATAS is most hoping to avoid is a repeat of the disastrous 1980 Emmy broadcast, which was boycotted by stars in an effort to increase pressure on the TV nets to settle a seven week old strike. Out of 52 nominated actors, only one showed up that night: Powers Boothe, who won in the best actor category for the telefilm ”Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.” ”From the audience’s standpoint, they are eager to see their favorite actors,” explains Academy chairman Meryl Marshall. ”It would not be the same show for them in the event the actors were unable to appear.” What, are we the only ones who tune in for the Best Achievement in Hairstyling award?
AND SO ON… He may be engaged to ”Law & Order” star Angie Harmon, but the New York Giants’ Jason Sehorn is making his TV debut on a different NBC show, ”Third Watch.” On April 16, Sehorn will show off his gridiron skills as a fireman who takes on rival Jimmy Doherty (Eddie Cibrian) in a football game. ”He had a great attitude and was prepared every day,” says coexec producer Ed Bernero. So does the footballer have a future on ”Watch”? ”Not unless he’s a ghost,” hints Bernero….
”Boot Camp”’s aired only twice on Fox and already the three male drill instructors — two of whom remain on active duty — are working with talent agents….
A playing card picturing ”Survivor”’s Colleen Haskell fetched bids of $40 or more on eBay — a pretty penny considering the deck it comes from retails for only $9.99 at Kmart. Enterprising fans are taking the CBS sanctioned role playing game (which hit stores in January) from Upper Deck and auctioning off individual cards, especially the more limited Colleen cards and those featuring a naked Richard Hatch. ”This is a game that two to four people can play,” says Upper Deck spokeswoman Mary Mancera. ”We didn’t expect the cards would have a collectible element to them.”
Additional reporting by Bruce Fretts