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Hannigan Conjures Up NBC Comedy(Monday, October 13 09:02 AM)LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - "American Pie" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" co-star Alyson Hannigan is getting ready to cast her next small screen spell. The 29-year-old actress has signed a talent deal with NBC.Currently there are no specific projects set aside for Hannigan, though according to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress is looking to star in a comedy. She's currently meeting with writers and looking at existing scripts."She has such a natural effervescence," says Marc Hirschfeld, executive casting vice president at NBC. "She brought into 'Buffy' a real sense of humor to the role of Willow, and between that and the 'American Pie' movies, where she's so winning, we really think that this is the right time for her to try a half-hour comedy."Hannigan played Willow Rosenberg for the entire run of Joss Whedon's WB and UPN series. Initially Buffy's nerdy sidekick, Hannigan helped the character evolve from an Internet-surfing wallflower into a powerful (and sometimes evil) witch. Although early on, Willow had a relationship with Seth Green's Oz, her lesbian romance with Amber Benson's Tara evoke especially emphatic response from the show's passionate audience.On the big screen, Hannigan's credits include "My Stepmother is an Alien," "Boys and Girls" and three tours of duty as band geek Michelle in the "American Pie" movies."We're really enthusiastic about the idea of getting her on NBC and on the air," Hirschfeld ads. "This is one of our top priorities."]]>

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by Lia Haberman
Oct 13, 2003, 1:15 PM PT

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Buffy's former spell-wielding sidekick has finally come into her own.

Alyson Hannigan married her longtime beau, Angel's Alexis Denisof, this weekend, E! News Live has confirmed.

On top of that, she's just inked a deal with NBC to star in her own sitcom, the network confirmed Monday. (Beats a five-piece place setting off the registry.)

No details on the Hannigan-Denisof nuptials were released, but it's the first marriage for both.

Denisof proposed last January while winsome twosome were visiting California's wine country. The union was a long time coming. Though he and Hannigan originally met on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer during the 1999-2000 season, the two didn't become an item right away.

"Actually, I had a crush on him from the moment he showed up on set, and he was the good one who said, 'Not while we're working together...' blah blah blah, whatever," Hannigan once told E! Online.

"So we became friends for a couple of years, and I was dating somebody else [Marilyn Manson drummer Ginger Fish], and when that didn't work out, he was on Angel and we just started dating. We had always had a very flirty relationship."

Hannigan, who spent seven years on Buffy until the show ended last season, is unlikely to take an extended honeymoon with her new NBC gig looming.

The thesp, who expressed interest in headlining a comedy pilot while promoting American Wedding this August, was pursued by several networks but ultimately signed a talent holding and development deal with the Peacock.

NBC development prez Kevin Reilly told Variety Hannigan is "a great personality for us to anchor a comedy with."

"America watched her grow up on these movies, and she's come into her own as a young woman," said Reilly. "She's beautiful and funny and really charming. And she exudes a great spark comedically."

Already, NBC and the actress are meeting with potential writers to hear pitches. Per the deal, if nothing comes along by pilot casting season next spring, the red head is free to enter into negotiations with other networks for fall 2004.

The net is inking similar holding deals with much of its talent according to Reilly, offering actors more flexibility and less financial responsibility for the network.

"It's win-win for everybody," he said.

In the meantime, Hannigan will crack funny for That '70s Show . The actress is joining the Fox sitcom for a multi-episode arc this season. She'll play a new recruit at the police academy where Ashton Kutcher's character, Kelso, enrolls.

Hannigan, who got her start in 1988's My Stepmother is an Alien opposite fellow Scooby Seth Green, has starred in all three American Pie movies as band camp geek turned leading sexpot Michelle Flaherty.

Denisof, who continues to play Angel's brainy buddy Wesley Wyndham-Pryce, previously starred in Disney's video sequel Tarzan & Jane and the 1995 Sean Connery-Richard Gere Camelot flick First Knight. He and Hannigan also costarred in last year's straight-to-video dud Rip It Off.

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Alyson Hannigan set to join Luke Perry in the British stage version of When Harry Met Sally, playing the role made famous by Meg Ryan, per the Hollywood Reporter.]]>

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Also out on a plastic pursuit were newlyweds...
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Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof, holding hands while holiday shopping along Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade early in the afternoon. A.D. was hiding behind super-cool celeb shades while Ms. American Pie was mellow in a mauve hooded top with her red locks pulled back into a ponytail. Wearing very little makeup and no fame props to hide behind, A.H. looked quite pretty, if a little pale--a condition more apropos to somebody like...
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HANNIGAN GETS BOOTED: While in the notoriously soggy town of London to star in a stage version of When Harry Met Sally with Luke Perry, Alyson Hannigan dons a pair of galoshes that look sturdy enough to weather any storm, yet stylish enough to attend a party.
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Hannigan Commits to NBC Family Comedy(Tuesday, January 20 01:45 PM)LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - A little over a week after first expressing interest in NBC's untitled comedy from Matt Tarses and Bill Wrubel, Alyson Hannigan has signed on, booting that pilot's fortunes.The project was first mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, Jan. 7, when it was mentioned that NBC was hoping to make it into a vehicle for the former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star. Hannigan has had a talent deal with the network since October.The series comes from NBC Studios and will be executive produced by Karey Burke, Wrubel, and siblings Matt and Jamie Tarses and focuses on the relationship between siblings who haven't spoken in 18 months.Hannigan, most recently seen on the big screen in the third film in the "American Pie" series will next play Sally in a London stage production of the Rob Reiner film "When Harry Met Sally."......]]>

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Alyson Hannigan and husband Alexis Denisof spend a day for shopping in Malibu
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Hannigan Intruder Accesses Dressing Room
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American actress Alyson Hannigan is questioning the level of security at the London theatre where she is starring in When Harry Met Sally - after an intruder gained access to her dressing room. The Buffy The Vampire Slayer star, 30, is concerned about safety at the capital's Haymarket Theatre after the stalker bypassed security and gained access to the actress' room on Saturday. An insider reveals, "This guy in his mid-20s was hanging around the stage door after the performance. He tried to sneak into Alyson's room but was stopped by security. There was a lot of shouting and swearing and neither Alyson or Luke were allowed to leave until he had been ushered out of the way." A spokesperson at the West End theatre - where Hannigan is appearing alongside former Beverly Hills 90210 actor Luke Perry - was keen to downplay the incident. He says, "Somehow an audience member found himself backstage after going through the wrong door. He took a wrong turn and found himself at her dressing room and thought he'd go and try and grab her autograph."

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A Dodgy Victory
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Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Alyson Hannigan used some of her TV fight skills to become the last person standing in a recent celebrity game of dodgeball. Her team ? the All-Americas ? wasn't so fortunate: Her American Pie costars Chris Klein and Thomas Ian Nicholas got bumped out of competition in the first round. But, the game, held at the DVD release party for Dodgeball: An Underdog Story, wasn't a total bust. Hannigan and friends helped raise $70,000 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation ? even though it meant putting their famous faces in danger. "It's worth it for the kids," Hannigan said. "So I lose a couple of teeth? There are dentists all over this city." Plus, it wasn't the red-haired actress's first time dodging balls. "I was the last team member standing at the last Pediatric AIDS dodgeball event and there was this moment of 'Oh my God, what did I sign up for?' I looked over and there were what seemed to be 12 large men with balls on the other side. That didn't come out quite right ? the men had dodgeballs, to clarify."

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people.comSpotted Recently:Jennifer Love Hewitt and American Pie star Alyson Hannigan, having lunch at L.A. eatery the Newsroom Cafe, across from celeb favorite the Ivy.

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TV Guide.comAsk AusielloQuestion: What has Alexis Denisof been up to since Angel went off the air? — JenniferAusiello: Let's ask his wife, Veronica Mars guest star Alyson Hannigan: "He is experiencing his very first pilot season," she told me on the telephone last week, "which is really cute. Because he came out here and basically just booked things, which led to him being on Buffy and then on Angel. There are all these casting directors out there who have never met him." Aly says she's trying to convince her hubby to "go for comedy because he's very funny, but he's more secure with the one-hour drama. I'm like, "Come on, honey — just try the comedy." (Look for more from my interview with Hannigan in the next AA.)

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Kristin of E!Hey guys -- Just got the word that Alyson Hannigan AND Charisma Carpenter will be on the set of Veronica Mars in the episode they are taping this week ... And guess who's on the next train outta here to go and chat with them? No, not Teddy C. ...

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Denisof Joining Hannigan on 'How I Met Your Mother'
By Hanh Nguyen
Monday, February 06, 2006
03:14 PM PT
Zap2It.com

Aside from some humorous moments during his time on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," Alexis Denisof hasn't had much chance to do comedic work.
That will soon change, as Denisof is joining his wife, Alyson Hannigan, for a couple episodes of Hannigan's CBS sitcom, "How I Met Your Mother."

"He actually just did an episode of our show. It was so much fun," Hannigan told reporters last week during interviews for her film "Date Movie," which opens Friday, Feb. 17. She won't reveal who Denisof is playing on the show, but does allow that "it's very funny and actually, he's coming back for the next episode as well."

Hannigan and Denisof, who met when he joined the "Buffy" cast in the show's third season, have been married since October 2003.

"How I Met Your Mother," which airs Monday nights on CBS, is also Hannigan's first regular role in a TV comedy, although most of her movie work has been comedic. She says she's enjoying the camaraderie she shares with the cast, which also includes Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris.

"I was actively looking for a half-hour [show] because of the family aspect of television, going to work with the same people for the majority of the year and getting to do what I love to do," she says.

She's also hopeful that the series will earn another year on CBS; thus far this season, it's drawing about 10.3 million viewers per week, along with fairly positive reviews.

"We're so lucky. We're having such a blast," Hannigan says. "We just hope we get to come back next year. They have to see all their pilots and make sure that, you know. It would be shocking, I think" if the show isn't renewed.

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