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Sarah Michelle Gellar To Guest Star In Comedy ‘Those Who Can’t’ | By Haider Rifaat

Gear up SMG fans! The 38-year old actress who starred in The Crazy Ones (2012) and Ringer (2011), both shows that were axed by different TV networks is taking the high road with a guest starring role in the new comedy Those Who Can’t. Being a huge fan of the former ‘Buffy’ star, the actress will grace our screens once again with a comedic role.
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As quoted and pictured in SMGFrance.Net, a fan website dedicated to Gellar, the actress was seen behind the scenes shooting for an episode for the new comedy series. SMG will reportedly star in the second episode of the show’s first season.

During her one year hiatus, Gellar devoted her time to several charities and awareness programs including No Child Hungry but after a long wait, the actress is back on track. But the real question is, when will SMG return to television in a show that completely centers on her? Well, we’d just have to wait and watch!
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Why Sarah Michelle Gellar’s ‘Ringer’ Deserves All The Praise! | By Haider Rifaat

I am not quite the TV geek as there are only few television shows that I follow. The kinds that I tend to keep an eye on are those with wicked, devious themes and those that are full of secrets.

Nowadays, it’s all about shows such as The Big Bang Theory or the Game of Thrones. But in all honesty, such shows have never enticed me as a viewer. They are quite overrated, if you ask me. The unfortunate thing, however, is that a show, such as Ringer, was not appreciated or given any credit despite the fact that it had a riveting storyline and great cast to go with it.

I have always adored Sarah Michelle Gellar ever since I was seven years old. She is an inspiration to me when it comes to acting. When I heard about her initial return to television with Ringer, I was literally on cloud nine! What’s better than a good television show that has your personal favorite actress in the lead?

MV5BMTgxMzI1ODYzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjM0NTM0MjE@._V1__SX1460_SY682_I saw Ringer back in 2011, when it originally aired on The CW. The show borrows some elements from the neo-noir film genre. It centers on the lives of two twin sisters, Bridget Kelly and Siobhan Martin (both portrayed by Gellar respectively). Gellar has done a fantastic job playing both the roles with equal power and vigor.

Bridget is a recovering drug addict and a stripper. After she sees her boss commit a crime, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) put her under witness protection so that she can testify against him. But as soon as Bridget learns that her boss, and his gang, have murdered such witnesses before, she decides to flee. And in her desperation, she goes to her estranged twin sister, Siobhan, for help.

Siobhan, on the other hand, is an affluent young woman, residing in New York City with her husband Andrew Martin (played by Ioan Gruffudd). It is shown that Bridget and Siobhan have a seemingly contentious relationship with each other. They have shared a rough past, which is not disclosed in the first-half of the initial season but, gradually, the audience get to learn more about the twins and their relationship.

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After Siobhan’s mysterious death, Bridget assumes her identity, thinking she could escape her old life and start all over again. But little does she know that Siobhan’s life is as complex as hers. Bridget later learns that her sister had an affair with her best friend’s husband, Henry Butler (played by Kristoffer Polaha).

But wait till you hear this, Siobhan is not really dead. She is conspiring against her own sister. Why, you wonder? Well, I won’t spill all the details. You’ll have to watch the show to find out!

If you decide to watch Ringer, don’t judge the show on the basis of its pilot episode as it was not strong enough as compared to the rest of the episodes. The show only gets juicer and more intriguing as the story progresses.

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But sadly, the show was cancelled by The CW in 2012. If you are assuming that ratings played a pivotal role in the cancellation process, you might want to think again. There was a poll launched in early 2012 that had listed Ringer, The Secret Circle and Gossip Girl as shows that fans would like fresh seasons for. Although, Gossip Girl had lower ratings than Ringer, the fans picked Gossip Girl as their primary choice and it was renewed for a sixth season. Ringer, on the other hand, was cancelled.

I personally believe this was a rather unfair decision made by The CW network. Maybe it should have been marketed to other networks, such as NBC or ABC family. Ringer provided a completely different storyline to the television landscape. It was a show that offered something new to the audience every week; it was riveting, fun and full of suspense. In addition, Gellar’s acting was stellar. I still believe it should be given a second season. Ringer was a whole package overall.

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What makes Ringer standout from shows such as Gossip Girl or The Lying Game, is pure creativity and innovation with which it has been structured. The creators of the show, Nicole Snyder and Eric Charmelo, did a remarkable job with the plot and storylines. This very factor lacks in many TV shows that are currently on air. Most television shows of today have tedious plots, repetitive themes and predictable drama. Not only does Ringer have just the right amount of drama and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat, it also has a glamour and fashion element merged brilliantly with the theme of the show.

Moreover, Ringer managed to bring in a ‘twin connection’ on television and that was primarily why it did so well on television. This very factor lacks in a show such as Orphan Black, which also has a twin sister plot. But that show does not have the stimulation that Ringer had. Additionally, the creators of Orphan Black had borrowed a few elements from Ringer during the first season, reflecting on just how strong Ringer’s storyline was.

The best thing about Ringer is that it’s unpredictable and full of twists and turns. Every episode ended with a shocking climax scene that even Gossip Girl and/or Orphan Black couldn’t possibly engender.

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I put all my bets on this show! It’s worthy of every accolade known to mankind. The acting was brilliant. Every character had their own uniqueness and strong screen presence. Additionally, I loved the way the director(s) of the show had choreographed New York City in such a lavish, yet mysterious fashion.

Orphan Black, on the other hand, is a satisfactory television show with more of a sci-fi edge to it. While Ringer was about two twin sisters, Orphan Black is all about cloning (which is quite sad for a television show).

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I saw a few raving reviews about this show. Here is what some fans had to say about Ringer:

“It’s smart, clever, fashionable and out of this world! Love it!” said Martha Eve, a blogger from California.

“Ringer is sassy and a fun ride for everyone!” quoted Will Arthur, a website host.

“My latest obsession! Gellar is so talented. I wonder why she’s so underrated as an actress” said Timothy Harris, a writer for various newspapers.

There you go! I hope such reviews coax you into watching this amazing television series. Ringer will always remain one of my personal favorites and I hope you give it a chance. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.


Five Best Onscreen Villains Of Today | Haider Rifaat

We all know that villains either make or break a show. Undoubtedly, a television series is incomplete without a villain’s presence. I, for one, have always been on their side as they are smart, vicious and devious. Having said that, I have come up with a list of five villains who, in my opinion, are the best in the business. Take a look for yourself!

5. Mads Mikkelsen

Mikkelson has experimented with a number of diversified film and television roles but his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in ‘Hannibal’ was the winner! He plays the role of Hannibal, a cannibalistic serial killer who happens to be a food lover. The deadly mind games that this not-so-innocent gentleman plays in the show makes him worthy of the top five.

lecter14. Michelle Trachtenberg

Trachtenberg has always been a versatile actress. Don’t underestimate her innocent looks because this girl can go from bad to worse! Her portrayal of Georgiana Sparks in ‘Gossip Girl’ was entertaining and fun. Although her character in the show was not the center of attention but watching Georgiana grow from season to season was a surprise package.

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3. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Gellar has always been my favorite actress ever since I was seven years old. She played the vicious twin sister, Siobhan Martin in ‘Ringer’, a show that was cancelled by The CW in 2012. Her performance as the evil twin garnered critical acclaim. She deserves all the praise. I loved her cheesy yet mysterious character in the show.

aa2. Janel Parrish

I was completely grief-stricken after the death of Janel Parrish’s character, Mona Vanderwaal in the summer finale episode of ‘Pretty Little Liars.’ She was the best character on the show. She made the series seem more interesting and fun. Mona was a psychopathic high school girl who exacted revenge on the five main characters of the show. Parrish is one of the best actresses in the current lot of up-and-coming actors. Her performance in ‘Pretty Little Liars’ is worthy of every accolade.

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1. Zachary Quinto

I can give this lad all the credit for delivering not just one, but two spectacular performances in shows such as ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ and ‘Heroes.’ However, I found him best as Dr. Oliver Thredson in ‘Asylum.’ Undoubtedly, Quinto did his character justice and was one of the spotlights of ‘American Horror Story.’ He portrayed the role of Dr. Oliver Thredson, a serial killer and psychiatrist. In my humble opinion, Zachary is one of the best actors America has ever produced.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Should Be Cast In ‘American Horror Story’ | Haider Rifaat

All Sarah Michelle Gellar fans want the 37-year old actress back on television once again. Clearly, freshman television shows are not quite working for Gellar at this point in her career. Sarah’s second comeback television series The Crazy Ones was cancelled by CBS a few months ago. This was not her only show to get axed by a network. Gellar’s initial return on television was with the drama-thriller series Ringer. The show was ultimately canceled by The CW in 2012.

Being a huge fan of the ‘Buffy’ star, I believe that Gellar should be cast in other television series’ that compliment her forte. The directors and producers of novel TV shows often experiment with different storylines that might or might not appeal the fans.

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I, for one would love to see Sarah Michelle Gellar be cast in American Horror Story, a twisted yet cleverly plotted out series that is a blend of horror, thriller and bits of drama. We all know Gellar from the cult classic television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was great on that show. Somehow or the other, I believe that Sarah would be perfect for any role in ‘American Horror Story’ as she has been down that road before.

For those of you who don’t know, Gellar earned the title of a ‘Scream Queen’ for her starring roles in movies such as Scream 2, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Grudge and The Return. She sure knows how to work around horror films/TV shows. If Sarah was cast in ‘American Horror Story’, I am sure she would kick ass just like she did back in the ‘Buffy’ days. All in all, it would be an absolute treat if Sarah Michelle Gellar was recruited for American Horror Story.


Sarah Michelle Gellar Fans Want ‘Ringer’ Season Two! | Haider Rifaat

After Sarah Michelle Gellar’s second comeback television series The Crazy Ones was cancelled by CBS earlier this year, I believe it is about time to bring Ringer back on television. This was Gellar’s first show to get axed by The CW in 2012.

Ringer focused on the lives of two twin sisters, Bridget Kelley, a drug addict and stripper on the run from the mob, and Siobhan Martin, a wealthy and devious young woman living in New York City with her husband. After witnessing Siobhan’s disappearance, Bridget takes over the life of her sister and assumes her identity thinking she could escape her old life and start all over. But little does she know that Siobhan’s life is not as simple as it seems.

vlcsnap-2014-06-04-20h23m53s62There was not a single episode of Ringer that disappointed me as a fan. Every episode was unique in its own way. But why did The CW cancel the show? If you are assuming that ratings were the key players in the cancellation process then you might want to think again. There was a poll launched earlier in 2012 that had listed Ringer and Gossip Girl as two television shows that the fans would want a fresh season for. Sadly, Gossip Girl fans won the poll and eventually, the show was renewed for a sixth season and Ringer was cancelled. I personally believe this was an unfair decision made by The CW. Gossip Girl failed to attract enough viewers during its mid season five run on television.

Although Ringer maintained a decent viewership of over one million viewers throughout the entire season, Gossip Girl attracted merely 800,000 viewers per episode on original airings. Now who deserved a second chance back then? Ringer, of course! Nevertheless, we will leave the past in the past. All Sarah Michelle Gellar fans want is a second season of Ringer. The series should be channeled to other networks except The CW as no television show sticks with the network for more than one season. I would love to see Ringer back on television. It was a great show. If you all are diehard fans of Ringer then tweet #BringRingerBack. I am sure our efforts would be acknowledged, sooner or later.


Is it time to bring Sarah Michelle Gellar’s ‘Ringer’ back to television? | Haider Rifaat

Yesterday might have been the saddest day for Sarah Michelle Gellar fans as her second comeback television series The Crazy Ones was axed by CBS.

This was Gellar’s second television show to get cancelled by a network since Ringer, a show I dearly adored. Nevertheless, it would be an absolute treat if Ringer could get revived by a reputable television network, perhaps Showtime or USA Network? Being a huge fan of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer star, I strongly believe that Gellar should stick to her forte when it comes to television.

ringer-sarah-michelle-gellarHonestly speaking, I was not a big fan of her show The Crazy Ones. The series lacked a number of elements. In contrast, Ringer was a masterpiece! It was a series that never disappointed me as a fan. Gellar portrayed the role of twin sisters, Bridget Kelley, a recovering addict and Siobhan Martin, a happily married young woman. Sadly, the show was cancelled back in 2012. But to be honest, there are very few freshman shows that actually stick with The CW. Sarah Michelle Gellar’s portrayal of twins was praised by many critics and fans. The show subsequently won and was nominated for quite a few awards including a Teen Choice Award for Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Ringer garnered a huge fan following during its one-season run on television. After the show’s cancellation, a petition was launched that had accumulated over eighteen thousand signatures to revive the series, but sadly, no action was taken by any network. Furthermore, the series left many questions unanswered after the season finale had aired back in 2012.

Although Ringer continued to struggle with ratings, the fan base of the show grew stronger day after day. Furthermore, the sci-fi thriller series Orphan Black’s first season was inspired by Ringer. I would personally love to see the series back on television. I, for one, would be the first person to tune into the premiere episode of Ringer season two, if the show gets picked up by any television network.