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Undead?

UPN says ''Buffy'' and Gellar may still return. Network president Leslie Moonves says the show may have one more season of life left, perhaps with only occasional appearances by Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer | SHOW SLAYER Will Gellar's absence kill the show?
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SHOW SLAYER Will Gellar's absence kill the show?

Could ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' pull a ''Friends'' and rise from premature burial? It's a possibility, said CBS and UPN chief Leslie Moonves, addressing the Television Critics Association's winter gathering in Hollywood on Sunday. ''I wouldn't bet that it comes back, but it's possible,'' he told the Hollywood Reporter.

''Buffy'' remains one of UPN's signature shows, but its ratings have slipped, and star Sarah Michelle Gellar has indicated that she's ready to leave at the end of the season to pursue her film career. But Moonves said that ''she hasn't said no'' to coming back for another season. However, she may take a page from ''The X-Files''' David Duchovny and appear on the show only occasionally.

''One possibility is she comes back, one possibility is she comes back a couple of times, one possibility is we do a spinoff,'' Moonves told the New York Daily News. ''Another possibility is that we have a brand new show on Tuesday at 8 o'clock.''

Originally posted Jan 13, 2003