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Friday, March 07, 2003

'BUFF'-ED OUT
No surprise here: Only days after word leaked that Sarah Michelle Gellar told Entertainment Weekly she was done with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" after this season, UPN officially announced the series will end after seven seasons with a one-hour May finale written and directed by series creator Joss Whedon.

Talk of a spinoff series persists, but nothing has been announced.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

FAKING IT
A man employed by CBS News to speak the words of Saddam Hussein during his interview with Dan Rather last week reportedly adopted a fake Arabic accent.

CBS News hired Steve Winfield, a Screen Actors Guild member with no such accent in real life. Winfield is advertised on the Web as a specialist in foreign accents, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

Winfield spoke Hussein's words after they had been translated by three independent Arabic translators, CBS said.

He recorded the audio "in a voice compatible with the piece," CBS spokeswoman Sandra Genelius said on Thursday.

The translation was fully accurate and "in complete compliance with CBS News standards," she said.

The Rather interview was seen by more than 17 million viewers on CBS's "60 Minutes II" a week ago.

(Associated Press)

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