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Is 'Buffy' Heading to ABC?

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Could hip teen queen Buffy the Vampire Slayer be headed for the same network as "20/20" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"? According to Entertainment Weekly, ABC has its eye on Buffy, which stars the oft-downloaded Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Although the tongue-in-cheek series has been a cornerstone of the WB network's teen-oriented programming, the question is whether WB can afford to keep the show. Upcoming contract talks might boost the per-episode fee from $1 million to $2 million.

Kevin Brockman, ABC's senior vice president of publicity, says: "There's no truth to that story, and I told Entertainment Weekly that." These kinds of rumors, Brockman says, always seem to come up around renegotiation time.

Another reported network suitor is Fox, which produces the fantasy sci-fi show. In its fifth year, Buffy's ratings are up 12 percent among adults ages 18 to 34.

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