UPDATED: It’s official: Sarah Michelle Gellar will return to All My Children for a guest star appearance during the show’s final batch of episodes – but not in her previous role as Kendall.
“I can today officially confirm that I will be doing a guest spot on All My Children,” Gellar told critics. “When I heard that the show was canceled, I didn’t understand. Like, ‘forget it, it just doesn’t make sense to me.’ And I called Judy Blye Wilson, who is the casting director and has been since I was there, and I said, ‘I want to do something.’ And I was very specific – I don’t want to be Kendall. That’s Alicia’s role, but I just wanted to be a part of it. I have no idea what I’m going to be doing. So we can take suggestions, but I will be doing one day. Yeah, I’m excited.”
The show will end its run on ABC Sept. 23 and is expected to return in some form on the internet, though not details have been released.
Gellar was on hand to promote her new CW show Ringer and says she was relieved when the show was passed on by CBS and instead landed at The CW.
“CBS, that network has these huge numbers and there’s always a concern that if you can’t hit that number, you don’t have the same time to develop a fan base that you necessarily can get in a smaller network,” Gellar says. “And honestly, like I said, I truly believe it’s a blessing, and our fear was always ‘do we fit in at CBS,’ when the answer was we know we fit in at CW.”
Ringer co-creator Nicole Snyder told the critics they “have an idea” where the serialized show is going. “We know where we’re going, our goal is to sustain the gasp moments and the big tease in the pilot until the big punch at the end of the season.”
Added co-creator Eric Charmelo: “When we pitched the series, we had three seasons mapped out, and much like Damages, we wanted to play with time and perspective, and because you’re playing with both of those, that gives you a lot of latitude. So essentially you’re able to tell the same story but from a different perspective. And when it’s from a different perspective, it’s a different story.” Whoa…
Finally, Gellar was asked about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and whether she ever felt uncomfortable being so closely associated for so long with one TV show.
“I’m proud of the show,” Gellar said. “I’m proud of the work we did and I’m proud of its legacy, and so that’s nothing but good things. Sure, as an actor you want to play different things, but I was also really fortunate. I think a lot of times when you start a show at a young age, you get stuck. You get six years of high school. And I didn’t have that. Buffy grew. She was a student. She went to college, and then essentially she became a mother – she was a mother to all the slayers. So I didn’t feel that I was trapped because I got to do so much. And then, I played all these other characters for a while. And, you know, how many times in any actor’s life do you get to be a part of something that has a legacy like that? So I think it’s only fortunate. I don’t see the negative. And if people think that I can save the world and kick butt, like, I’m okay with that.”