On Wednesday, I posted about (and got somewhat lambasted for) the 20-year reunion for the cast of the cult series Buffy the Vampire Slayer – which is now in my Hulu queue (I have some surplus time since ABC decided to cancel Time After Time on me, but, I digress). The gathering of the series’ stars for an article and photo shoot for Entertainment Weekly included Buffy herself, the ageless Sarah Michelle Gellar, as well as most of the cast, including David Boreanaz and James Marsters.
Noticeably absent from the reunion was British actor Anthony Stewart Head, who played Buffy’s watcher and mentor, Rupert Giles. It was nothing personal, it was strictly professional. Anthony was across the pond, in technical rehearsals for the revival of Terence Rattigan’s play Love in Idleness. Fun, theater geek fact: the play, set in post WWII England, was originally staged in 1944 and has not been produced in London since. The play has been running (and getting good reviews) at the Menier Chocolate Factory which, despite its delicious name, is a theater in London’s off-West End district. The production is moving to the West End’s Apollo Theater for a run from May 11 – July 1.
Anthony wistfully tweeted this on Wednesday:
So sad I couldn't join the reunion – wasn't for lack of trying – literally coincided with the tech rehearsal of Love In Idleness. Bummer x
— Anthony Stewart Head (@AnthonySHead) March 30, 2017
Even though Anthony was missing from the photo shoot, he was not completely forgotten, as a framed portrait of him hung on the set for the shoot. He acknowledged the sweet tribute in another tweet:
EW have worked hard to have my presence felt – in a portrait on set and an interview. Here's to 20 years and a wonderful group of people x
— Anthony Stewart Head (@AnthonySHead) March 30, 2017
Giles didn’t make the reunion, but will he ever return to the small screen? While promoting his role on the Syfy series Dominion, Anthony was asked about a possible Giles spin-off, called Ripper, which was in discussion since 2008. When Vulture asked about the project in a June, 2014 interview, referring to a quote Joss made that the show would work because Anthony (now 63-years-old) was “getting sexier every year,” Anthony replied, “Oh, bless him. You know what? I would do it. I would do anything to work with Joss again. He’s a wonderful storyteller, a great director, and a lovely man. I would love to, you know? Whether it’s Ripper or something else…”
Aaannddd…there’s been no news since then. It’s highly unlikely that a Giles-based series is in the works, especially since Joss Whedon just signed on to make a Batgirl movie, but if Buffy nostalgia reaches a frenzied peak, we may just see the curtain ring down on Anthony’s theatrical career for a brief intermission to make way for his return to TV. Stranger things have happened.
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I would 100% watch a Ripper show. Really, I would take anything Buffy related but ASH is lovely.
Yeah I would watch it too but I love ASH! I`ve been a fan since Buffy, I think he is superhot, in a british, mature kind of way. I also love how the Buffy crew tried to include him in the reunion with the picture. I love love love that there is almost no drama with the whole cast (apart from Brendon`s problems with alcohol, but I hope he is better now).
I loved the one episode where the adults all become teens again.
Plus ASH can sing eh? When I first heard about the musical episode I thought it would be awful… its kind of one of my favourites now.
Band Candy!! Loved it would watch the s** out of Ripper or any and all Buffy related spin offs. (Except possibly Dawn related)
I’ve always liked ASH, but only in my most recent Buffy binge did I start lusting for him. Twenty years have passed in my world, but Giles hasn’t aged.
Now where was Eliza Dushku? I can’t figure out Twitter. Anyone know if she said anything?
She did said something on her twitter account, she wasn’t invited because she was never series regular, go check on her timeline
She was definitely more of a series regular than “Wesley.” Arguably, she and Michelle Trachtenberg were on the show for about the same amount of time -during different bursts, of course. I missed Faith, I loved her character.
I assumed by “series regular,” they meant she was never in the opening credits, which Michelle Trachtenberg was. You’re right that Alexis Denisof wasn’t, although did become a regular on Angel, so he was a Buffy-verse regular, at least. Still, I’m guessing his place in the reunion is more to do with the fact that he’s married to Alyson Hannigan, and that he and Joss have obviously stayed friendly, as Joss keeps casting him in his other projects. It definitely would have been nice to see Eliza Dushku there, though.
Series regular is something specifically defined – they’re in the credits. There is no “arguably” as it’s something that’s spelled out in contracts. Dushku was never a regular.
Denisof was a regular on Angel and was also likely included because he was already there since he’s married to Hanigan.
And aren’t Alyson and Alexis godparents to one of Joss’ kids? I think I remember Joss saying something along those lines.
Mmm mmm mmm, yes he does, Joss.
Put him on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD!!! He could be evil or good, as he does both quite well.
He really does look great! Giles was always my favourite.
He does. I’ve thought he was sexy af ever since his Taster’s Choice commercial days and that hasn’t changed.
Lol, that’s what I was just thinking, remember when he was just the coffee guy… we old!
He is on the longlist/ wishlist for Doctor Who once Peter Capaldi is gone…so who knows for Buffy spin-off..
I could go with that. He was so great as Mr. Finch in DW.
Oh, I so wish that would happen! With ASH as the Doctor, I would have a reason to feel excited about DW again!
Giles was always my favorite. Always. I would take him over Spike and Angel both. His singing in the musical episode was amazing, and I would love to see a Giles spinoff. (Ummm, true confession: I may have just downloaded to my Kindle my favorite Giles-centric Buffy fanfic from the old days, haha).
I agree! I’d pick Giles all day every day over Spike and Angel.
He’s sexy. As an aside, I had to read his name several times because it felt wrong to me, I couldn’t wrap my head around it…pun just a little intended. It’s early and I’m a dork, sorry. I’ll see myself out.
wow, i thought he was ancient 20 years ago and now i think he looks great and hot! the dynamics of male/female aging. i did like giles – great character. loved the whole show.
I saw the play last week, he’s fabulous onstage.
Man I love Tony!!!❤️❤️❤️
One of my favorite episodes was Xander lamenting being left behind on a mission and referring to Giles and ‘crusty old Alfred.’
Giles response. “I sir, am no Alfred. Alfred had a JOB.” I think the episode was the Yoko Effect?
Giles was always the sexiest, loyalest, awesome man that show.
Season 1 is fun, but the show gets excellent starting season 2! Good decision Corey!
Giles-forever crush. Buffy was a TV masterpiece. End of.
I was a teenager when the show first aired, and I always thought of him as the adult, but when I watched it later in life…damn! And the singing, swoon.
Awww he’s really handsome! He’ll be forever Mr. Giles for me.
I’d watch just about anything with ASH in it. Ripper would be amazing. Doctor Who would be fabulous. I even put up with Merlin for ASH.
Was Brendon at the reunion? I haven’t seen him mentioned. I don’t pay for Hulu, so I won’t be able to see it *sob*.
Love ASH. Totally love him.