Variety is reporting that Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar will not be back for another season of the hip series that brought credibility to the fledgling WB Network when it debuted some seven years ago. The fate of the Buffy franchise, which moved to UPN two years ago, is very much in limbo. The spin-off series Angel appears to be a good bet to return next year on the WB, but so far no one has come forward with a plan to spin-off any of the other Buffy cast members and keep the show going with a slightly different cast or focus. Buffy creator Joss Whedon has not said what if anything he plans to do with the property he created.
After seven years on television it appears that this property may have run its course for the time being, although the last time we checked Dark Horse's Buffy comics were selling relatively well, hovering around #115 on the Top 300 comics charts -- and Buffy has certainly sold her share of CCGs, trading cards and posters over the years. Moore Creations Buffy toys and figures also sold well in their day. Although the flood of Buffy merchandise has slowed to a trickle, there are still a number of items in the pipe. The fourth season of the Buffy TV Series is about to appear on DVD on June 10 (retail $59.95) and the DVD sets and comics that are still in the pipeline may continue sell well to hardcore fans. Buffy the Vampire Slayer began as feature film and then moved to television. If this is indeed the end of the Buffy TV Series, there is always the possibility for the property could be revived in the movies.