Pilot News: Buffy's Watcher Anthony Head to Rule Over The CW's Selection Drama

The Selection SpoilersFor years, Anthony Head watched a young woman fight to save the world. Now, he’ll witness a different young woman fight to become royalty.

Head, Buffy‘s erstwhile Watcher, has been tapped to co-star in The CW drama pilot The Selection.

From Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (Dollhouse, The Vampire Diaries), the Hunger Games-esque project is set 300 years in the future and centers on a working class woman (played by Israeli actress Yael Grobglas) chosen by lottery to participate in a competition for the Prince’s (Michael Malarkey) hand to become the nation’s next queen.

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, Head joins as King Clarkson, the royal family’s patriarch.

Head’s most recent TV credits include Merlin, NBC’s ill-fated Free Agents and the U.K.’s Dancing on the Edge.

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34 Comments
  1. Brooke says:

    Well, they just hooked me.

  2. Dan says:

    Awesome!

  3. I Heart Damon Salvatore says:

    GILES!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I had no interest in this show except … GILES!!!!!!!!

  4. ZmaX says:

    I wasn’t interested in this show at all (especially since it’s nothing like the Hunger Games) it’s just The Bachelor set 300 years in the future…but with Anthony Head, I might check out the pilot if it gets picked up.

  5. Renee says:

    They just guaranteed I’ll watch it at least once.

  6. Lisa says:

    I would have never watched this but now I have to. This sucks. Love that man

  7. Ncooke says:

    ID RATHER HE BE IN A ACTUAL HUNGER GAMES TV SHOW AND NOT SOME LOVEY DOVEY CRAP. GREAT ACTOR (!!GO GILES!!)

    • wordsmith says:

      Don’t be too quick to jump to conclusions – we don’t know yet what sort of competition this will be. And let’s be honest – Hunger Games can get pretty lovey dovey too. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing – I’m a fan of the series and looking forward to this one as well.

      • lariet50 says:

        Agreed. Plus, if it’s based on the entire trilogy, book two isn’t even out yet. I’m thinking there is some more intrigue/action on the way.

  8. bobbie says:

    it’ll be great so see him again! yay

  9. Tran says:

    I’ll always remember him as Giles on Buffy The Vampire Slayer but I didn’t like his role on Free Agents after it was canceled by NBC. Don’t know if his new gig is going to bounce back for his career post-Buffy.

    • Regal says:

      Who says he needs to bounce back? He’s stayed plenty busy over the past few years. I mea come on Uther (on Merlin) alone is a big role, and that’s hardly all he’s done

    • Marz says:

      He was a wonderful Uther Pendragon on Merlin. From my perspective, his career is looking pretty good.

  10. mia says:

    This sounds so bad, but so good at the same time. I hope its a really good guilty pleasure (much like Beauty and the Beast has become)
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    And now with Tony involved, I’ll certainly be watching

    • Regal says:

      The book is actually a lot better than the description makes it sound. If it’s even half that good, I’m in.

    • Alex says:

      The book that it’s based on really stinks. It’s so bad, it makes the Twilight series seem like Shakespeare in comparison. But maybe the TV series will be way better than the book. I certainly hope it is!

  11. scottymac says:

    For me having grown up in the UK, I remember ASH and Sharon Lawrence in their Nescafe commercials, I believe they were shown here in the US as Tasters Choice. He was AWESOME in Buffy, and she went on to do NYPD Blue.

  12. J says:

    I’ll give any Buffyverse alum a trial period viewing, and between ASH and Craft & Fain, this one will at least get a look from me.

  13. Autumn says:

    I thought the show sounded interesting before but now I definitely have to see this. Love him.

  14. JAO says:

    Will definitely check this out !!

  15. Aleksa says:

    I’d watch that man read the phone book.

  16. lariet50 says:

    I dig it. I still don’t care for the casting of the girl playing America, though. She’s about the size of a toothpick.

  17. shuayb says:

    Jong! He is everywhere! He’s also doing or probably finished The Sea of Monsters. Anthony Head is probably the ONLY good actor on that show so will def give it a watch if it gets picked up. But this might probably help it get a 13 ep order.

  18. Michelle says:

    Man, it took me FOREVER to stop calling him King Giles when watching Merlin. Now this? The things I do for you, Tony. :D

  19. Thea says:

    I’m in!!! I’ve been dying to see him on tv again, but could never get into Merlin =\ Hope this works out for him!

  20. Nicole says:

    Wish he’d go back on Doctor Who. Maybe as a companion this time.

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