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Interview with Joss Wheadon

This is a pretty in depth interview with Joss. The early parts of which cover his life and work up to the creation of Buffy. It's the Buffy stuff that really interested me. He does admit to tension on the set (he doesn't name castmembers, but he and Freddie will never be friends) and discusses what went wrong with Season 7. He's very honest that in trying to achieve their ultimate goal, some charaters got shortshrift and some plot points could have been handled batter.
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Thanks for the link, Asta. That was very interesting :) I think it was important that he stressed that while there was some tension on the set, he also went to great lengths to stress that it was not in any way detrimental to the making of the show. I do hope Freddie hasn't burned any bridges between Joss and Sarah, but I have a feeling things will blow over, they usually do. After his experience with Roseanne, this sounds like a walk in the park :)

What shocked me a little was what he had in mind for Tara, and Amber turned it down! Sounded like ultimately it would have been great for the character. So, I do not fault Joss for making lemonade out of lemons.

I think it was difficult to keep the show fresh between the core characters while also introducing some freshness, either with Dawn or with the potentials. Yeah, things could have gone a little smoother, but overall I was very happy with season 7. But it seems he agrees with you, Asta - it would have been nice if Caleb could have come along sooner :)
Thanks for that link, Asta!

It was a great read and VERY interesting.

Kudos!


Emma.
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He does admit to tension on the set (he doesn't name castmembers, but he and Freddie will never be friends) and discusses what went wrong with Season 7


I like that while he doesn't shoulder all the blame, he does say that things might have been different if he hadn't tried to be everyone's "friend" at the begining of the series, and had instead been the producer.
Whatever the problems may have been I think there was enough blame to go around. It's tough to be the boss while you are trying to be a buddy. Like he said, if he knew at the outset what he knows now, things may have gone smoother.

At the same time, you had a cast who had there own ideas about the show while also contemplating other projects. I'm not faulting them, but when what you want differs from what the creator of the show wants, I can see tensions flaring from time to time. Ultimately, it didn't effect what we saw on screen and that's all I really care about.
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Ultimately, it didn't effect what we saw on screen and that's all I really care about.

Me too. We've all worked jobs where we've made great friends, and jobs where there have been behind-the-scenes tension. Sometimes, both happen with the same job, and even the same people. Why shouldn't they have the same rights to personal interactions, just because we like the idea of them all getting along? Personally, I can't fault the actors for their interest in other projects, as Joss was doing the exact same thing.

I was never able to jump on the bandwagon critisizing SMG for not being at the wrap party, because I don't know her reasons and, more importantly, it's not a part of her job. If she didn't go because of tensions, then that must have been hard. If she didn't go because she played a big enough role in SD that she couldn't get out of it, that also must have been hard. Regardless, it doesn't affect my affection for the show.

I hope I was clear enough in my original statement; I don't think that Joss is to blame for the tensions, or that anyone is necessarily is at fault, but it's nice to hear him say that he played a role in it when he could have just put the responsibility on the actors.
We've all worked jobs where we've made great friends, and jobs where there have been behind-the-scenes tension.

Do you hve a spy camera at my job? Because that accurately describes my current work environment.

Maybe that's why I can understand and empathize with any tensions on the Buffy set. And you can be friends and still have a falling out. As you pointed out, while the cast may have been looking at new projects (and I don't fault them either) so was Joss. I loved Firefly, but there may have been some resentment that he was spending so much time on that and not concentrating on Buffy. Didn't Sarah make a comment about it being difficult with him not around as much?

Oh, and you were perfectly clear in your original statement. As the saying goes, it takes two to Tango. I think it's admirable that Joss admits to being part of the problem.


Asta, abby, just wanted to say excellent points. I think it's all right for them be human just like the rest of us :) In cases like this, there never is a "bad guy" or "good guy". There are just people with different personalities all trying to do the job, and it's not unusual for them to clash from time to time. I know I discussed this with Asta, and she had a good point - if it had been that bad, people would have been fired (Glenn Quinn?). I think it's important that Joss stressed that whatever the little tensions were, they ALL put them aside to do the job, and that's what should be most important to the viewers.

Besides, if SMG was so terrible we wouldn't be hearing many of her co-stars (James, Danny, Jane E., George at The Harvest, Amber and James L. at MR, Eliza in SFX) say how much they liked working with her. Because I'm sure that is what is most important to them - how is a person when you spend hours on a set with them one on one. The other things, such as how they get along with their boss, do not pertain to you.