Martha Mills Noxon (born 25 August 1964) is a television and film writer perhaps best known for her work as a writer and executive producer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She is a graduate of Kresge College at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Besides her work on Buffy, she co-wrote the 1999 movie Just A Little Harmless Sex.
When the WB television network accepted the Buffy spin-off series Angel, Joss Whedon, the creator and executive producer of both series, promoted Noxon from writer to executive producer and gave her increasing charge of producing Buffy.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Noxon joined the Buffy writing staff in the second season, and was promoted to co-showrunner in the sixth season.
In response to criticisms of the show's direction under Noxon's supervision, the show's creator Joss Whedon maintained that he retained full creative control over the show, and countered claims that stewardship of the show's "mission" was delegated to Noxon:
- Dis not th' Nox. [...] Marti [...] and I shaped this year very carefully, and while we made mistakes (as we do every year), we made our show. We explored what we wanted to, said what we meant. You don't have to like it, but don't think it comes from neglect.
Noxon was a story editor (1997-1998), co-producer (1998-1999), supervising producer (1999-2000), co-executive producer (2000-2001) and executive producer (2001-2003) on Buffy, as well as the director of season five episodes "Into the Woods" and "Forever".
Noxon is credited as the writer or co-writer of the following Buffy episodes:
Marti Noxon appeared on the season six musical episode "Once More, With Feeling" as the "Parking Ticket Woman", singing about an unfairly received parking ticket. She also appears in the season seven episode "Selfless" singing with a neighbor (David Fury reprising his role from "Once More With Feeling") lamenting his mustard-stained shirt.
In addition, Noxon sang the theme tune for the Cordy show in the Angel episode "Birthday".
It is revealed on the "Hush" DVD commentary that Noxon was responsible for the casting of Amber Benson as Tara.
Noxon's filmography includes motion picture screenwriting and acting credits.
Just A Little Harmless Sex
With Roger Mills, Noxon co-wrote Just a Little Harmless Sex
(1999). Directed by Rick Rosenthal and starring Alison Eastwood
, Jonathan Silverman
, Rachel Hunter
, Lauren Hutton
, Robert Mailhouse
, and others, this romantic comedy revolves around the offer of oral sex by a stranded motorist (and prostitute) to a monogamous man who stops to help her. Arrested by a passing police officer, the unlikely good Samaritan
must telephone his wife to bail him out in the middle of the night. A few days later, she throws him out of the house and goes out with her friends to enjoy a sexy night on the town. The dénouement takes place when all the parties meet at a local nightclub for explanations and apologies.
Noxon also had a minor part in Godmoney (1997), playing a wife. Directed by Darren Doan and starring Rick Rodney, Bobby Field, Christi Allen, and others, the film recounts the exploits of a young man who turns to crime when he is fired from his dead end job.
Noxon's work after Buffy
continues to be a mixture of successes and failures. After Buffy
concluded its final season, Noxon went on to write the pilot for the TV series Still Life
, which was not picked up, and, as executive producer, co-created Point Pleasant
(which was canceled in 2005, after eight episodes, although 13 were filmed). She is credited as a consulting producer on the TV show Prison Break
but left after the 10th episode of the first season.
Still Life (2005) - Writer
The main character, Jake Morgan, is killed on his first day as a police officer. A year later, his family is coping, as best they can, with their loss. Jake is the show's narrator. His mother seeks to fulfill a long-time dream, running for office. His father tries to recover his zest for life. Jake's brother, Max, seeks to find himself. Jake's two younger sisters endeavor to make find meaning in a life without their brother.
Point Pleasant (2005) - Co-creator, Executive Producer, Writer
Point Pleasant, New Jersey, becomes home to Christina Nickson after she is rescued from the sea. Never having known her mother and estranged from her father, Christina comes to live with a down-to-earth family who has lost a daughter. No one, including Christina herself, knows that Christina is Satan's daughter. When she becomes upset, strange things happen, although Christina tries to live a normal life. Discovering clues as to the identity of her mother, Christina remains in Point Pleasant, thereby unwittingly fulfilling the prophecy that declares that a great war between heaven and hell will begin in the town. The only question seems to be which side Christina will be on when the battles begin.
Brothers & Sisters
Brothers & Sisters
(2006) concerns siblings who run a family business after their father's death. It stars Sally Field
, Calista Flockhart
, Rachel Griffiths
, Ron Rifkin
, Balthazar Getty
and Patricia Wettig
. The hour-long series airs on ABC
. According to The Hollywood Reporter
, Noxon's role as executive producer was part of a "two-year overall seven-figure deal with Touchstone TV
" contingent upon serving "as showrunner
if the drama...is picked up to series" and "develop[ing] her own projects for Touchstone TV."
Noxon quit the show abruptly in August 2006 as a result of "creative differences" with the creator, Robin Baitz. An article in the Los Angeles Times claims "the defection of Noxon, who as the 'show runner' was the producer responsible for day-to-day supervision of the series, casts a cloud over Brothers". Noxon was replaced by Touchstone's Greg Berlanti.
The blog Grey Matter
in its January 25 2007 entry noted Noxon has joined the show as consulting producer for the rest of the third season and is co-writing an episode with show creator Shonda Rhimes
which aired during February 2007. In March 2007, Noxon was promoted to executive producer of the series.
In April 2007, it was announced that Noxon would leave Grey's Anatomy
and become an executive producer on the new Shonda Rhimes drama, Private Practice
which was picked up for 13 episodes at the ABC May Upfronts. Noxon's responsibilities on the show would not only include producing but also being the showrunner
and head writer. After the end of the first season, she was replaced, and will be moving on to other projects.
In July 2008, Noxon appeared in the internet-exclusive tragicomic musical "Doctor Horrible
" which was created by Buffy creator, Joss Whedon.
In 2008 Noxon worked as a consulting producer on the AMC drama series Mad Men. Noxon was listed as a co-writer of the Season 2 episode "The Inheritance."
Noxon is married to Jeff Bynum, who worked for Whedon's production company, Mutant Enemy, while Noxon worked on Buffy
. They have a black dog named Finn. She admits to having been superstitious as a child, worrying about her mother's safety whenever she flew and being convinced that her house was haunted: "When I was young I carried the weight of the world. If my mom would fly, I would worry about all the bad things that could happen," Noxon remembers. "And I was so afraid of ghosts. We found some stuff in the attic that belonged to a woman named Bertha - old dresses, letters and stuff. I thought she lived in the house. So I was afraid of the natural and the supernatural.
Noxon's brother is author Christopher Noxon. Her sister-in-law Jenji Kohan created the Showtime series Weeds.