Here are some tidbits from the panel:
Joss went home after the now infamous Pizza date and said to his wife "Honey, I accidentally came up with a Fox show!"
Eliza - "Buffy was my first television experience.....No one has ever looked after me like this dude [Joss]."
Joss - "This could be the one they crucify me for and that gives me a [sarcastic] warm feeling. I have a box of Tums"
Roush - "How is Echo different by the end? Joss - "She's an elderly Hispanic gentleman"
Eliza - "I don't want to sound narcissistic and cocky but it's really cool!"
Talking about Eliza being sexy and it making Joss uncomfortable - Eliza says: "Joss would say ' do Did I fall asleep without sexy bedroom eyes' and I said 'I am, I am' and he would say 'do it again'." So she thought of her little niece while doing that scene.
Re: Morally ambiguous characters
Joss - "Even though Olivia is British, she's not totally bad"
Eliza - "When I came on as Faith I was this crazy girl and killing people and Joss comes in and makes you think...not everything is black and white.....you still felt compassion for her and rooting for her."
Joss - "If I've done my job right the audience will walk away feeling compromised themselves."
Eliza - "What he says"... "He talks good."
Re: the Friday Night Death Slot -
Guess Joss really likes T:SCC "Terminator struggled in the ratings but they stayed with it...mostly because I hounded them puts fake phone to his ear "How's terminator? Don't cancel it!"
Eliza - "I always wondered why there aren't good shows on Friday night? I go out on Saturday night."
Q. Some kid wants an autograph instead of asking a question and Joss said "if the question good enough" so he asks "how are you so awesome?" and Joss said that's not a question, that's a statement. Hee!
Q. What's your favorite character (I couldn't really hear exactly how it was worded) Joss - "echo is the most challenging" Eliza - "the blind cultist...I had on this Amish cult gear.....um not that Amish is a cult. Oh boy" Joss responds "Stupid English." Ha!
Eliza then goes on about how kissing Tamot is challenging. Joss (flustered) "Kissing Tahmot is challenging?" Eliza - "He's a whole lotta man.....I had that problem with David Boreanaz once. "Take out the vampire teeth, they're puncturing my tongue!" (laughs) people said "Why are you using your tongue?" Scandalous!
Q. Someone wants Nathan Fillion on the show "Again with Nathan Fillion on the show thing!" Then they just confirmed not only Alan Tudyk being on but9 announcement FELICIA DAY!
In response to why he reuses cast: Joss - "I'm lazy, casting takes a long time. Have to pretend to listen to people when they're talking. (Laughs) Who'd I just turn into?".... "I'm always worried that people will think it's too incestuous. Then I was reminded (says sadly and slowly) Noooobody saw Firefly...they won't care."
Then this amazing thuggish dude gets all "I need a Buffy and Angel movie, son." Haha! I love him.
Q. Does [the balancing the controversial topic subject get in the way of your story telling...I'm paraphrasing here. Joss - "besides the me being awesome question... This is the most important question of the entire week" He talks about Equality Now, and how he pitched the show to them. They deal with human trafficking in the real world. A lot of them understand but he got the feeling of "Do it wrong and I'll kill you." He said it was daunting and terrifying.
Finally Joss said "Watch out for episode 6, that's all I'm saying. I need to tell a story that's dark and challenging. We just get to mess with everybody. This is some of the best work we've done...but creatively - the most frightening and arduous struggle of my career."
Whew! That was hard to transcribe in real time! I hope I did it justice...
I met Whedonite John who brought his silver metallic sharpie so joss's autograph showed up properly on his season 4 dvd (it's a rather dark cover). He had a question in response to Joss's incestuous-actor-reuse statement, "If he uses everyone else from all of the shows...What about Sarah Michelle Gellar?" Great question, John....great question.
So John truly goes up to Joss and says "So you slyly eluded that Buffy Angel movie question...I'm assuming it's not gonna happen." To which according to John Joss replied "Nope! You kind of need both of stars to make the movie and they don't want to do it."
And I'm done.
-sent from my sidekick