Mysterious Maladys: Is Sarah Michelle Gellar's Pilot Dead at HBO? - Featured

Sarah Michelle Gellar's personal life is going swimmingly--her daughter Charlotte was born last month--but her career has been seemingly trapped in professional purgatory for nearly a decade now.


SMG was supposed to break out of those doldrums in 2010 with the premiere of a sophisticated new family comedy on HBO, but that prospect is now looking dim.


The pilot for the series in question, The Wonderful Maladys, about a family of eccentric geniuses not unlike the Royal Tenenbaums or J.D. Salinger's Glass family, was filmed in May, and there was every hope that after SMG wrapped her maternity leave this fall, production would begin on Buffy's return to series television.


So why did Gellar fans around the world hear the sound of brakes screeching earlier today? Here's what we know:


Whedonesque.com (a online clearinghouse for any and all news even marginally related to Joss Whedon's projects) reported this afternoon that a Gellar fan by the name of temponaut had gone out to do some Internet-based shoe-leather reporting about the fate of the series, and returned bearing bad news.


When temponaut asked Gellar's Maladys costar Nate Corddry via Facebook about the status of Wonderful, Corddry said, "Didn't get picked up...boo," and the pilot director Alan Taylor reportedly messaged temponaut the same bad tidings: "Sadly...the rumors are true. WM will not be going to series." (Corddry, Deadwood babe Molly Parker and SMG were set to play the series' titular wonderful Malady siblings.)


However, when contacted by E! News for confirmation that The Wonderful Maladys would not be going to series, an HBO rep said, "[We're] not able to confirm that one."


A rep for Maladys creator Charles Randolph did not respond to a request for comment on Friday afternoon.


So...mystery. Can the people on the Interwebs be trusted? Is HBO just letting Maladys down gently, hanging onto their option until the last possible minute? If that's the case, perhaps both HBO and creator Randolph should consider just ripping off the Band-Aid--being done with it hurts less in the long run, we swear.


That said, is HBO aware that dumping SMG's return to TV before it even airs is, well, crazysauce? Don't they know she practically started the 21st-century vampire-romance frenzy that is now sustaining their network in the form of True Blood? Not to mention that Maladys is one of those rare pilots with ultragood buzz that everyone believes is destined for public acclaim and big ratings. Why squander such potential?


This story is developing, so check back for updates.


Do you want to see Sarah Michelle Gellar in an HBO show? And what's your take on the industry obfuscation about the fate of The Wonderful Maladys?


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E!Online - Mysterious Maladys: Is Sarah Michelle Gellar's Pilot Dead at HBO?

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Oct 18, 2009 4:45AM EDT

Give the girl a chance! She was a big star once, and I bet she could do it again. She's major star power, and I'd watch just to see what she'd do. Congrats to SMG and Freddie Prinze Jr on what I'm sure is a beautiful baby.

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Oct 18, 2009 3:28PM EDT

Buffy is undoubtedly one of the greatest shows (and heroines) of all time. The girl has chops, too bad it's this hard for it to translate.

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Oct 18, 2009 10:35PM EDT

Are you kidding me? She can do it. Her acting is fucking wonderful, brillant. Sarah Michelle Gellar is one of my favorite actresses, mostly for her work in Buffy which I am a devoted fan still and her work in other various films. I loved her in The Air I Breathe and in Southland Tales. Give her a fucking chance! The author of this article is right, she started the whole vampire frenzy. She's one of the OG's.<3

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Oct 19, 2009 1:22AM EDT

YES!! SMG is my fav actees and i would watch that show.

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Oct 19, 2009 1:33AM EDT

Sounds like a really interesting concept, and having a big tv star like Sarah return to Tv would just be built in buzz for the show, how would HBO not want to jump on this before it even airs?? Its too bad, Sarah has shown her acting chops on 7 yrs of Buffy and she still amazes me in Cruel Intentions.. she's one of the better young actress on tv now, BRING HER BACK!

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Oct 19, 2009 9:27AM EDT

Its Sarah Michelle Gellar, come on HBO what the hell is wrong with you!!!!!!!!!! Has Buffy not shown that she can handle any type of acting and pull it off brilliantly and provide a female rolemodel for milllions of people worldwide!!!!!Just shows ya what u get for being such an icon as Buffy doesn't it.
I really hope someone gets a smack t their head and realises the true potential of SMG cos tv jus isn't the same without her.

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Oct 21, 2009 11:20AM EDT

Sarah Michelle Gellar, or Sarah Michelle Prince now, is my all time favourite actress. She may no longer be Buffy, but she [and Joss Whedon of course] is the one who made Buffy so great. A believable and inspiring heroine! Before Buffy, 'girl power' was just a phrase used by the Spice Girls. Also, the series made way for today's vampire fans. Fans of True Blood, Twilight, and The Vampire Diaries. Gellar should be given a new show soon. If not this one, hopefully another will be presented to her soon. Given the chance, she could do it again and pull off yet another great television series.I have no idea about this new series, if the writers or creators are any good, but give it a chance at least.

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