Buffy OK With Emmy
A spokesman for the company that produces UPN's Buffy the Vampire Slayer
told SCI FI Wire that creator Joss Whedon does not blame the Academy
of Television Arts and Sciences for an error that left the critically
acclaimed series off a recent Emmy ballot. Last season's musical episode,
"Once More With Feeling," was inadvertently left off ballots
for nominations for the best dramatic writing Emmy, which were mailed
to academy members; the academy acknowledged the mistake and subsequently
sent out cards with the correct information.
"There was indeed a 'human error' that resulted in [the episode's]
being omitted from the [best dramatic writing] ballots; however, the
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was not to blame for the error,
and they were quick to respond in rectifying the situation," Christopher
Buchanan, president of Mutant Enemy, Whedon's production company, said
in an e-mail. "Moreover, Joss and I were very pleased with the
academy's response to the problem. Nothing's perfect."
Buchanan added, "Joss is an active member of the academy and continues
to support the ATAS in its many endeavors. And the ATAS remains a real
fan of Joss and his work. For example, the ATAS recently (at the very
time of the ballot problem) honored Joss and BTVS with a very cool (and
sold out) panel discussion at the academy, with Joss and many of the
writers, cast and crew from the show in attendance. Our hope at Mutant
Enemy is that the extraordinary response we received from the show's
fans and television critics across the planet upon viewing 'OMWF' will
be reflected in the balloting of Joss' peers in the writing category-even
if it required an extraordinary effort on their part to cast that vote.
We'll know on July 18th, when the nominees are announced. Keep your
fingers crossed for us!"