Gellar compares her new series to "Damages," with complex flashbacks woven into a noirish narrative packed with murder plots, disappearances and love triangles. There's also a strong ensemble cast that includes Nestor Carbonell ("Lost"), Kristoffer Polaha ("Life Unexpected") and Ioan Gruffudd ("Fantastic Four"). She knows there are inherent dangers for a nonprocedural drama that dangles clues — especially after the intense reaction to the ending of "Lost" and recent season finale of "The Killing" — and promises that "Ringer" will satisfy.
"I loved 'Lost,' but I felt it just got deeper and deeper and we never get anything out of it," she says. "Nicole and Eric pitched me the first three seasons all the way through. Some things have already changed, but the big questions we have answers to, and we give them out a little bit every episode."
So what lessons has she brought to "Ringer" from her three decades in the business and seven seasons of prime-time slaying? Gellar doesn't have to think hard before answering.
"We're not shooting at night. No graveyards. I'm telling you, you learn these things."