Why ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Writer Marti Noxon Says ‘We’ve Come a Long Way’ Since the Series Aired

by Jeremy Spirogis
Marti Noxon at the HBO Sharp Objects FYC at the Wolf Theater at Saban Media Center Television Academy on June 3, 2019  in Los Angeles, CA.

When Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered, it was so much completely different than the opposite reveals on TV. And it continued to interrupt down limitations over its seven-season run, paving the best way for a lot of sequence to return. Now, one Buffy producer is celebrating how a lot has modified because the present went off the air in 2003.

Marti Noxon wrote and produced ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

Marti Noxon at the HBO Sharp Objects FYC at the Wolf Theater at Saban Media Center Television Academy on June 3, 2019  in Los Angeles, CA.
Marti Noxon | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer was Noxon’s first TV gig. She joined the writing workers with season 2. As the years went on, Noxon was given extra accountability, upgraded to co-producer, supervising producer, and, ultimately, government producer.

Noxon’s Twitter bio reads, “I ruined Buffy and I will RUIN YOU TOO.” This is in reference to those that felt that when she took over as showrunner for Season 6, the sequence took a dive in high quality. Speaking with Vulture in 2018, Noxon agreed that “There were parts of season six where I feel we went too far,” saying a few of it “almost felt sadistic.”

Noxon fought for Willow and Tara’s first kiss

Noxon was additionally chargeable for bringing on Amber Benson as Tara Maclay, Willow Rosenberg’s (Alyson Hannigan) love curiosity. There have been tales through the years detailing how the writers, together with creator Joss Whedon, fought to have their relationship represented on display. And years later, followers are nonetheless thanking them for it.

“I’ll never forget taking ‘standards and practices’ notes on Tara and Willow’s first kiss,” Noxon replied to a fan on Twitter. “They told us we could show them kiss ONCE. But not twice because that would mean they liked it. We’ve come a long way.”

Pushing again in opposition to the community helped result in Season 6

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The dialog continued. “I remember another note that came in saying they had to stand a certain distance apart when they were dancing. Like 3 ft or something. And Joss politely told the network to cram it,” wrote Tamara Becher-Wilkinson, who additionally rose up the present’s ranks from post-production assistant to script supervisor.

“Oh he/we told them to cram it almost always. That’s how season 6 happened! My favorite thing to do was pause for a while after a note and say ‘… I don’t think Joss would like that,’” replied Noxon. Though she doesn’t specify a facet of Season 6 that required pushback, there have been loads Tara and Willow moments in it — they reside collectively, kiss, and even have an insinuated intercourse scene.

What else has Noxon labored on?

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Noxon has continued to work in TV as a author, director, producer, and creator. Most not too long ago, she’s chargeable for the Emmy nominated miniseries Sharp Objects and the Netflix dramedy Dietland. She additionally wrote and directed the 2017 movie To the Bone.

The identical day Noxon wrote about Buffy, she talked about one other present she labored on. She served as a consulting producer on Glee Season 3, writing two episodes. As rumors swirled about star Lea Michele’s on-set conduct, Noxon tweeted that Michele wasn’t the one one who acted poorly towards others. She later clarified her assertion, above.

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