Amber Benson briefly checks into “Private Practice”


You may be back under Amber Benson’s spell soon. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum and half of the television’s greatest lesbian witch couple of all time will appear on Private Practice in March.

According to, Benson will appear on the sophomore series as a young woman who comes to Oceanside Wellness “in the aftermath of being brutally attacked seeks not just medical care … but perhaps something more.”

What more? I have no idea. She will appear in the 18th episode, which is tentatively slated for air in mid-March. Private Practice, the Kate Walsh Grey’s Anatomy spin-off, has moved to Thursday nights right behind its screen sire.

Amber, who played Willow’s wiccan girlfriend Tara Maclay for three season on Buffy, will be the third Buffyverse veteran to appear on the series. Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof (Angel’s Fred and Wesley, respectively) appeared in separate episodes earlier this fall. I’m not sure how this former-employees-of-Joss-Whedon pipeline got started to Private Practice, but I approve of anything that keeps all my old TV pals gainfully employed.

Of course, Amber has been keeping busy all on her own, too. In 2007 she signed a three-book deal with Penguin books to pen a trilogy of fantasy/horror novels. The first book, Death’s Daughter, is scheduled to come out in March on Penguin’s Ace paperback imprint. The books follow Calliope Reaper-Jones, a seemingly normal young woman whose father happens to be Death himself.

This isn’t Amber’s first work as a wordsmith. Besides penning the three Willow & Tara comic books (as well as other comic projects), Amber co-wrote the Ghosts of Albion series with Christopher Golden. That collaboration produced novels, novellas and animated projects.

So, are you excited to see Tara Amber back on the small screen? And, come on CBS, how about a Willow/Tara reunion on How I Met Your Mother? Think about it.

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