Why Angel was canceled and Dark Shadows was not picked up. Does the WB want more control over the shows it airs. Article talks about last weeks press tour of the new line-up including the offer still on the table to Whedon about Angel and how the producer of DS sees things differently about why his show was not on the fall line-up.
"But he also said if Angel hadn't demanded an early pickup and waited until late spring -- coincidentally, when the network decided not to go ahead with Dark Shadows -- the call might have been different. Ancier and John Wells, the ER/West Wing executive producer who made the Dark Shadows pilot, have different takes on what happened."
It does make one wonder had they picked up Angel for another season what new set of demands would they have been asking of Joss and company.
Perhaps wearing K-mart clothing and having Amy push the blue light specials. (For those not aware K-mart is a discount retail chain in the US. The 'blue light special' is it's deep discounted sales). I mention this because the WB now has a deal with them that the stars of many of the WB programs now appear in TV ads for the chain selling clothing. The connection is the chance to win a part on any WB show at K-mart. So far I have seen ads with cast members (kind of dancing around) from the new drama 'The Mountain' and 'Reba' in these ads - I think I would of had to gag if Angel had remained on the WB and I saw ads of James, David, Andy, Amy, J August, or Alexis in them, they are pretty pathetic.
July 21 2004
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