Sarah Michelle Gellar Returns to Television With ‘Ringer’

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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.”

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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

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  1. I’m not the biggest SMG fan but I’ll definitely check this out. Sounds like a smart, fun adventure.

    …Makes me wonder if this will be a show that ends the run of one of the CSI franchises.

  2. SMG! OMG! Haha I will probably check this out only because I loved Buffy so much.

  3. Wont last a season. She’s pretty enough but never a very good actress. An interesting concept but how would that stretch out beyond a full season?

    • That’s what I’m wondering too. It sounds interesting but it doesn’t sound interesting enough to hold me for an entire season, let alone two or more. I think she’s a decent actress but the supporting cast definitely held up more than she did on BtVS.

    • Nonsense.

  4. do you think she’s a little disapointed that her movie career was a bit underwhelming, and now she’s doing t.v again

    • Possibly. But I don’t think thats such an issue anymore, actors can make just as much from television as they do from films and be more of a success critically. Look at Kiefer Sutherland, his career was gone before 24, and he made 40 million dollars just from the last 2 seasons, and it was his best role to date.

      I think TV is where it is at, maybe a time will come when TV will over take films as the popular choice.

      • Yeah I mean I do agree the stigma of film actors & Television actors is virtually non existent nowardays. Tons of actreses and actors work what they please – and thats the way it should be.
        but ive always had the impression from her in interviews that breacking it into films was her main goal(and those grudge films were awful)
        - I also agree with you on sutherland ofcourse he can act circles round her on his worst day.

        I do/did like SMG but i’m with you-No more than one season

        • yes she has always come across as if TV was something she did before getting into films, but if it were me, I’d be happy with the paycheck regardless. I think TV offers more oppurtunities to actors than movies in a way, with TV you could work on your character for a decade.

          • True True I’m gonna catch this show…well mayby not,
            I’ll catch pilot atleast. before I get to carried away with criticising it before I see it – I mean the premise dosnt seem mediocre but Ive got a feeling the execution wont be as desirable
            and then thats all she wrote

            Time will tell


    • I choose to pretend that she never did movies. Ever.

      • Yeah I think that might be for the best
        I did engoy ‘the air i breath’ to a certain extent,
        tehe to southland tales-awful in my opinion

  5. I’m a huge Buffy fan, but I think that was mainly because of Joss. I like Gellar, but by herself she’s not really enough to get me excited about a project. I’ll keep an eye on this one and possibly watch the first episode, though.

    • CrowMangnumMan do you have a Twitter or FB? I love connecting with other Joss fans.

        • Thanks. I can tell you don’t use Twitter that much. Nine followers. :)

          • You should join in on the Monday night Whedony chats. It’s all about Joss Whedon related things for an hour. Fun time.

            • Hmm. I might take a look at that. That’s on twitter?

              • Yep, Twitter. Look for @whedony – that profile says what time it is. There is a certain hashtag to use when it happens: #whedony

                • Excellent. Thanks.

  6. Despite the notable handicap of being a dwarf, Gellar has a good screen presence so i’ll give it a go.

    • LOL!

  7. Anybody who says SMG wasn’t/isn’t a great actress simply doesn’t know what he/she is talking about. Period.

    • I think she is fabulous…in certain things. C’mon though, if someone has only seen Scooby Doo I’d say they are fully justified in their opinion. Simply Irresistible makes me cringe too but not as much.

      However! I adore her as Buffy Summers and even as Kendall in All My Children. My mom used to watch that show all the time so I had my glimpses of her before she became a household name haha. I can’t comment on The Grudge because that scares me so much that I only remember the bits I desperately want to forget.