It’s a busy day in the MTV Newsroom today. At the moment, Tim Kash is sitting down for a chat with Alicia Keys (she says her new album The Element of Freedom will be a big, synthesizer-heavy departure from her past work). But there’s another interview happening just around the corner: “Gossip Girl” and “Mercy” star Michelle Trachtenberg is here to talk about straddling two hit TV shows.
Trachtenberg is probably best known for playing Dawn on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” a show created and produced by Joss Whedon. In the past few months, it seems as though we’ve had a regular rotation of alums from Whedon shows stop by to hang out and chat about their new projects. They are all members of a tightly-wound, closely-followed community known as the “Whedonverse,” which represents the various projects that Whedon has worked on in his two-decade career.
For example, just a few weeks ago we were visited by Eliza Dushku, who is the star of Whedon’s current show “Dollhouse.” She also got her biggest break in Hollywood when she picked up a recurring role in the third season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” She talked a lot about “Dollhouse” but also about “WET,” the video game she recently lent her voice to.
Before that, we were visited by David Boreanaz, who stopped by to talk about his hit show “Bones” but is best known as the heroic vampire with a soul from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” Boreanaz talked about the joys of working with Cyndi Lauper and the current vampire trend that he was way head of the curve on.
Earlier in the summer, “Castle” star Nathan Fillion sat down with Multiplayer editor Russ Frushtick to play a little “Halo 3: ODST” (he provided voices for both that game and for “Halo 3”). But what was Fillion’s original claim to fame? He was Captain Malcolm Reynolds on the short-lived but much-loved Whedon sci-fi western “Firefly” (as well as the film “Serenity”).
So to any members of the Whedonverse who want to sit down for a talk with MTV News — including Alyson Hannigan (Willow from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Neil Patrick Harris (the titular character from “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Amy Acker (Fred from “Angel”), Adam Baldwin (Jayne from “Firefly”) or Alexis Denisof (Wesley from “Buffy” and “Angel”) — just drop us a line and we’ll carve out some time for you at the center of the Whedonverse.