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Some seventeen years ago, Buffy Summers started staking vampires on network TV. When Joss Whedon brought Buffy the Vampire Slayer to our small-screens in 1997, no one had very high expectations for the show. But beyond the incredible reputation it spawned, it was also a talent discovery engine.

With Warner Bros. announcing that they plan to create a new version of the cult classic, about a teenage girl with super strength who discovers her purpose in life is to stab all the vampires, let's take a look back at the Scooby Gang and see where they are now, or if there's any chance they'd be resurrected for the future of the Buffy franchise...

Sarah Michelle Gellar - Buffy Summers

Gellar never really escaped Hollywood's darker genres, with her post-Buffy career involving roles in movies like The Return... Rumor has it that the reason Gellar's career hasn't been as thriving as we might expect is due to a falling out with Joss Whedon. Anyway, Gellar and her I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scooby-Doo co-star Freddie Prinze Jr. shacked up happily ever after and now have two children together. Awww!


David Boreanaz - Angel

After leaving Buffy, Boreanaz went on to star in Angel (duh!) before moving on to hit crime show Bones. For those keeping score at home, that's three hit shows that all lasted for at least 5 seasons... If only he could've remained as faithful in his personal life as he did to our small-screens...


Alyson Hannigan - Willow Rosenberg

Hannigan went on to more Hollywood success than any of the other Buffy alumni. That's impressive, considering that her character started out as a mousy bookworm. She's played horny band geek Michelle in the American Pie flicks, had a role in Veronica Mars, and completed a whopping 9 seasons of How I Met Your Mother. Oh, and as any true Buffy fan knows, she hooked up with fellow Buffy star Alexis Denisof!


Nicholas Brendon - Xander Harris

Nick's post-Buffy career has been up and down, to say the least. He's had a smattering of TV roles, including a part opposite Buffy co-star Charisma Carpenter in the ABC's Relative Chaos. Unfortunately, however, poor old Xander is probably now best known for his bumpy private life; taking a swing at cops, getting tasered, arrested, and stints in rehab...


Anthony Head - Rupert Giles

With an impressive career before he ever set foot in Sunnydale, Head returned to the U.K. and became one of the BBC go-to guys. He spent several years in Merlin, as well as popping up here and there in franchises as diverse as Doctor Who and The Inbetweeners Movie, and took on small roles in Sweeney Todd and The Iron Lady.

Fun (?) fact: He also bought my Grandparent's house in Bath when they moved out... But, I'll still always remember him as Buffy's wise Watcher Giles.


James Marsters - Spike

More than any of the others, James has remained a true member of the nerd brigade, gracing sci-fi and fantasy shows like Smallville, Torchwood, and Caprica with his acting presence. Outside of acting, he's pursued his musical talents, offering lead vocals to the band Ghost of the Robot. And yes, much to our disappointment, he stopped bleaching his hair...


Charisma Carpenter - Cordelia Chase

Buffy's high school nemesis is probably best known now for her role as Lacy Christmas in The Expendables and The Expendables 2. She's also made memorable appearances on TV shows such as Supernatural, and CSI. Apart from acting, Carpenter actually married a carpenter, gave birth to a son, and then did a fully nude spread in Playboy... Because fame.


Michelle Trachtenberg - Dawn Summers

Michelle may have come late to Sunnydale as Buffy's little sis, but she's remained one of the show's most active actors, appearing in everything from the critically-acclaimed Six Feet Under, to Weeds, to acting alongside Zac Efron in 17 Again. She also recently ended a four year stint on Gossip Girl, playing the brilliantly insane and manipulative Georgina Sparks.


Seth Green - Daniel "Oz" Osbourne

You've almost definitely seen Seth's post-Buffy work, though you might not know it. He voices Chris Griffin in Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy and has also had voice-acting roles on American Dad, and appeared on That '70s Show. He's since created the popular series Robot Chicken - a sketch show of nerd humor and action figure animation...

Not bad for a werewolf!


Eliza Dushku - Faith

The baddest slayer around has continued to kick butt post-Buffy. Dushku starred in her own spin-off show Faith The Vampire Slayer… Oh, no, wait - that was just my wishful thinking. In reality, Dushku did go on to star in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. She also became a mainstream star in films like Bring It On and, true to her kick-ass form, is set to play She-Hulk in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.


Emma Caulfield - Anya

Anya, the demonic avenger who was trapped in a human female body, pulled back from the nerdcore crowd after Buffy, stupidly refusing the roles of Starbuck and Number Six in Battlestar Gallactica. Following a few quiet career years, she returned to TV for appearances in Prime Suspect and Once Upon a Time, but to my mind, Emma is sadly yet to top Anya.


No self-respecting Buffy fan would want to see the franchise return without these guys on board, right? So c'mon, Whedon, what're you waiting for? Get those reunion letters sent out - pronto!


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