Some of you may remember the name Jane Espenson...she's written and produced for some of my favorite television shows, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Gilmore Girls, and of course, she's a Whedonite born and bred, having achieved the Triple Crown (Buffy, Angel and Firefly). When I see her name on the screen, I get a little charge; both as a writer and as a fan. When Jane's involved, I know I'll be hearing snappy, clever dialogue, replete with pop culture references that seem as appropriate as they do random.
Which is why it was appropriate that her name popped up on '24' during season 2, and the shoutout was noted by Whedon megafan TVGal on Zap2It, under the header ""Where Have I Heard That Name Before?"
You all make me so darn proud. So many of you noticed that when Audrey gave a fake name on "24," she said she was "Jane Espenson from Accounting." Espenson was, of course, a writer on both "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" with David Fury, who is now a producer and writer on "24." Coincidence? We all think not.
Now it's easy for all aspiring Janeiacs (I'm coining that sucker now) to look at their lives and say, "What would Jane Espenson, from Accounting, do?" We can just visit her blog, Jane Espenson.com, which gives aspiring spec script writers tips and updates us on what Jane had for lunch. Cause she's a woman of the people, and eats her hummus like the rest of us, one leg at a time.