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"Buffy lives? And she sings too?"

("Chicago Tribune," August 5, 2001)

As summer drags on, thoughts turn to fall, and the resumption of our favorite TV shows. Our biggest question: Is the title character of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" dead? And what else is in store for demon-hunter Buffy? "Buffy" co-executive producer Marti Noxon answered these burning questions in an interview with wire service Zap2it; Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar also spoke out at a recent Television Critics Association confab.

"I'm nervous, I'm excited," Gellar said of the switch to new network UPN, where "Buffy" debuts with a two-hour episode on Oct. 7. "But UPN has made us feel so welcome. They've given us a new excitement about the show. It's like getting to start fresh."

But there's a pesky problem; Buffy died at the end of last season. "Obviously, Buffy is dead," said Noxon, "but the question is, for how long, and how are things going to work out? In the `Buffy' universe, death can be a complication, but you can overcome it if you try hard enough."

Referring to an all-singing episode of "Buffy," to air in November, Noxonsaid, "almost all the cast sings. Michelle [Trachtenberg, who plays Buffy's sister Dawn] is more of a dancer, so she wanted to dance. [`Buffy' creator] Joss [Whedon] himself is writing the music. Like a real musical, it's all going to be tailored to the show."