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Written by By Mitch Persons   
Jun 03, 2004 at 02:00 AM
Astute viewers of TV’s BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER may have noticed the absence of director Bruce Seth Green’s screen credit after the show’s second season.  This is unfortunate, as Green, who in the past directed such TV movies as MANHUNT: SEARCH FOR THE NIGHT STALKER, and episodes of HERCULES, SEAQUEST, and DOOGIE HOWSER, M.D., also directed the very best of the BUFFY episodes, namely, “The Pack,” “Teacher’s Pet,” “Ted,” and the classic “Nightmares.”
“The reason I am no longer with BUFFY, admits the affable Green, (who is no relation to BUFFY regular Seth Green,) is that in television, for a director, I believe it’s better to move on to new, creative challenges. Being with the same show gets a little stale. TV is really a producer’s medium, so you really don’t have control of the direction of the show, and you’re going to do episodes that are essentially created by someone else, and it tends to get repetitious after a while.
“One of the things that makes directing for television a lot of fun is the fact that you can move around, and that you can go from science fiction to Westerns to comedies. You can move from crew to crew, executive producer to executive producer. I did as many episodes of BUFFY as I did because it was the most varied show that I had ever worked on, with its mix of comedy and drama and horror.
“I did do more episodes of BUFFY than any other show I ever worked on, including a show that I helped create a few years ago called RAGS TO RICHES. Two years ago I directed a segment of FAME L. A. That was a short run, a syndicated effort, produced by MGM. I had more fun doing that than I had doing all those BUFFY stories. Why? Because it was a musical. I walked into that situation and I had to think, ‘music and dance,’ and how to stage a music video, which I hadn’t done for years. It was great fun, very free.
“Now, of course, I am back in the fold with BUFFY’S producers, Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt. I’ve directed several episodes of ANGEL, but not enough where I felt that, like with BUFFY, I was just repeating myself. I’ve also managed to keep moving by directing segments of V.I.P., MORTAL KOMBAT, and DIAGNOSIS MURDER.”

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