Michelle Trachtenberg and other “Buffy” alums land new CW shows

Little Dawnie is getting her own show. That’s right — the next Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum to get her own show is Michelle Trachtenberg (who will forever be a mystical key to a demon dimension for Buffy fans – and possibly to Gossip Girl fans, I hear her character is fairly evil).

Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and creating a new CW drama for Michelle which is a departure from both her past Buffy and GG work. Instead, according to Deadline Hollywood, Michelle would play “a young criminology student with a gift for profiling and a dark past.” So it’s CSI: College Girl?

Michelle apparently came up with the idea and will be a producer on the series for CW, which could get a fall 2011 debut on the network. Now, I don’t watch Gossip Girl, but I hear from reliable sources (cough, Heather Hogan, cough) that Michelle was “phenomenal” as the insane, scheming villainess Georgina Sparks. And I already know she is good at fighting demons/getting kidnapped. So maybe this cockamamie crime show idea just might fly.

But Michelle isn’t the only former Joss Whedon-ite with a new show brewing on the CW. According to Vulture, three behind-the-scenes veterans from past Whedon shows are working on news supernatural-based projects for the network.

Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, who were both writers on Angel and executive producers on Dollhouse, are working on an adaptation of author L.J. Smith’s Secret Circle series. Smith is the novelist behind the CW’s hit sophomore series The Vampire Diaries, which Craft and Fain are also consulting producers on. The book series follows a teenage girl who moves from California to New Salem and finds out she is really a witch.

Also working on a new show is Marti Noxon, the prolific producer whose resume includes Buffy, Angel, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Mad Men. Her newest endeavor, Chloe, would center around a young female con artist who dies and returns to Earth as a “Divine Covert Operator.” Um, is that just a fancy word for angel?

So, which of these new shows sounds the most promising? And congrats to all the Buffy/Angel folks finding work. Next step: Find new shows for Eliza Dushku and Summer Glau. Work that old Joss magic, universe.

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