It’s been almost seven years since we last saw Sarah Michelle Gellar on network television, and for fans of the actress, that’s seven years too many. Fortunately, Gellar will be returning to television with the new CBS drama, Ringer.

When Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended in 2003, Gellar had a brief fling with feature films like Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and The Grudge 1 & 2. She then took a stab at cable television with the aborted HBO series, The Wonderful Maladys. Though the idea of Sarah Michelle Gellar without commercial interruption sounded great, the idea of her being on a regular network series again sounds even better.

Ringer has been described as a thriller about “a troubled young woman on the run who hides out by living the life of her wealthy twin sister, until she learns her sibling’s life has a bounty on it as well.” While the hook sounds intriguing enough, it’s the details of the program that really baited Gellar.

Says Ringer Producer Peter Traugott:

“[Gellar] wasn’t really sure about network television just because she wasn’t sure she would get what she wanted. When CBS read this thing and flipped for it and loved Sarah for it, that kind of started her thinking about being more open-minded to doing network because of the subject matter and this piece that she was so excited about.”

So beyond familial identity theft, what about Ringer has both CBS and Gellar so excited? Traugott clarifies by saying, “It’s an edgy thriller about redemption and about revenge. There’s a point of view of two twin sisters who grew apart over a tragedy in their past.”

Gellar will play both sisters, Siobhan and Bridget, although Siobhan will be seen almost entirely in flashback.

“The sisters reunite after having been estranged for a long time, and when they reunite, Siobhan dies. Hopefully if we go to series, the audience will come to understand what the fall out was between Siobhan and Bridget. Why Siobhan would never want to see her sister again, why Bridget was in a kind of dark place in her life—all that stuff will be told as we move forward in Bridget’s stories through flashbacks with Siobhan.”

Ringer’s plot certainly has the makings of a great mystery that could work out very well as a serialized television show. After Lost demonstrated how powerful character arcs told largely in flashback sequences could be woven into the larger tapestry of an overall story and mystery, Ringer sounds like a show that could easily become more tantalizing as it progresses.

With the added bonus of having a popular actress in Sarah Michelle Gellar returning to television, CBS may have a potential hit on their hands with Ringer.

Source: Entertainment Weekly