New Buffy fan, what the heck is going on?

Possible spoilers (if you’ve been under a rock)
I have just started watching Buffy this year and now I am confused. Is the season over? The last episode I saw was the one where her mother died. Is this the last one for this season? Are they going to run some more, or are we permanently in repeats? I have seen the same three episodes again and again the past few weeks. What’s going on?

It’s been a ridiculously long and frustrating hiatus, but new Buffys are coming back. The April 17th episode will be a new one, with mom’s funeral.

BTW, welcome to the television-watching elite - those of us who recognize Buffy for the gem that it is.

Sua

Can you believe tomorrow’s episode is going to be ANOTHER re-run? It’s been six weeks! I suspect Sarah Michelle Gellar is taking time to finish up the Scooby Doo movie (she’s playing Daphne).

Here are some photos from the film if you’re interested…

http://www.upcomingmovies.com/scoobydoo.html

As has been said, Buffy is in re-runs until next week. Angel is doing the same thing. Someone said they were doing this so they could show the final episodes of the season during sweeps week. I am getting very tired of waiting. Gilmore Girls is also in re-runs, which pisses me off, but at least Sopranos is new.

I have scads of Buffy spoiler boards bookmarked if you want them.

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