‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ cast reunites for 20th birthday

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FILE – In this April 16, 2003 file photo, Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon is surrounded by vampires during the taping of the final episode of the cult comedy-horror series in Santa Monica, Calif. Buffy Summers and her old pals from Sunnydale High are reuniting to celebrate “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” 20th birthday. […]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buffy Summers and her old pals from Sunnydale High are reuniting to celebrate the 20th birthday of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Series creator Joss Whedon talks with stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan and 10 other cast members on “EW Reunites: Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which premieres Wednesday on the streaming People/Entertainment Weekly Network .

“This is like a high school reunion, but much worse because they all still look really great,” Whedon says.

He and series stars including David Boreanaz, Nicolas Brendon, Charisma Carpenter and Michelle Trachtenberg share memories of their days on the show and reflect on its enduring impact.

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” premiered in 1997 and ran through 2003. Its title character battled vampires, demons and other dark forces while navigating everyday teenage struggles. Whedon was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on the show in 2000.

The show was “the ultimate metaphor,” Gellar says.

“It was utilizing the horrors of adolescence manifested through these actual monsters,” she says. “And I think that (for) everyone going through it, that’s the hardest time of life and to understand that you’re not alone through that.”

The interview was filmed earlier this month in Los Angeles. The reunited “Buffy” cast also appears on the cover of the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, available Friday.

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