Let’s check in for a quick second with some of our favorite Buffy The Vampire Slayer alums, shall we? Joss Whedon is currently quite busy ruling the universe, thank you very much. This article doesn’t concern him. Let’s stick with the talent in front of the camera, shall we? Alyson Hannigan, as we know, is drinking her way through the final death march of How I Met Your Mother. Ditto David Boreanaz and Bones. I’m pretty sure Sarah Michelle Gellar has already started drinking heavily and she’s only on the first season of her cush, if unremarkable gig as Robin Williams’ straight woman on The Crazy Ones. Seth Green is officially Seth MacFarlane’s bitch. Anthony Head has just finished up a lucrative dance with dragons, Alexis Denisof is marking time on Grimm and, well, the less said about whatever it is Nicholas Brendon and James Marsters are up to, the better.
That’s all very well and good. Both Boreanaz and Hannigan are pulling in buckets of money (each in the neighborhood of $200,000 per episode). But I gotta say, from where I’m sitting, everything’s coming up Jonathan.
I know I’m not the only Buffy fan who threw her hands up in the air and screamed “JONATHAN!” when Danny Strong won not one but two Emmys this year for his work on HBO’s Sarah Palin film Game Change.Yes, our very own nerd king has carved out quite a healthy career for himself behind the camera as a writer. His strong work on TV (Recount, the aforementioned Game Change) has landed him some high profile, big screen writing gigs such as this year’s (not great) Lee Daniels’ The Butler, the upcoming Da Vinci Code sequel The Lost Symbol and the final two installments of the Hunger Games franchise. We’ll have to wait and see how well his obvious penchant for politics translates into riots in the Districts and revolution in The Capitol. Word broke today that Strong has been hired to pen the much anticipated (by me) Guys And Dolls remake. Rumor has it this remake will feature Channing Tatum and JGL in the lead roles. I know. Trust me, I know.
Danny Strong played a very special role in Buffy’s seven seasons, progressing from background nobody to superstar to evildoer to sympathetic victim to harrowing ghost. Really, he was given one of the very best arcs in the entire series. While many of his other more telegenic co-stars may be enjoying higher profile careers, Strong’s gig as a Hollywood writer has only just begun. I hope his career continues on this upward trajectory and that he enjoys decades of success. I also hope he still finds time to do work in front of the camera. His recent acting stint on Mad Men was a reminder of what an utter delight he can be. The fact that his life is mirroring that Season 4 Buffy episode “Superstar” shouldn’t surprise us. So let’s celebrate Danny Strong with a healthy dose of Jonathan Levinson and a light sprinkling of Doyle McMaster. After all, he was with us from the very beginning.