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It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for since we saw Buffy starring opposite a magic crab in Simply Irresistible: Sarah Michelle Gellar is plotting a return to series TV.

According to Variety, she’s expected to shoot the half-hour HBO pilot The Wonderful Maladys, written for her by screenwriter Charles Randolph (The Interpreter, The Life of David Gale), early next year: “Set in Gotham, The Wonderful Maladys ensembler revolves around thedysfunctional lives of three adult siblings who lost their parents at ayoung age. Randolph described Gellar’s character as having ‘a kind of zealous immaturity — like a drug addict with a to-do list.'”

On a scale of 1 to 10, how psyched are you? Here’s why I’m a hope-filled 10: When I talked to Gellar last summer for EW’s 1000th issue, we chatted about the 10 male TV characters she wishes she could have played. The variety in her picks made her more interesting to me than any role I’ve seen her in since Buffy the Vampire Slayer went off the air in 2003. On HBO, in a series that sounds ripe for dark comedy, she might meet her match. Agree?

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