New Angel Boss Welcomed
From Sci Fi Wire
Joss Whedon, co-creator of The WB's vampire series Angel,
told SCI FI Wire that it has been an adjustment replacing
co-creator and show runner David Greenwalt, who is
stepping aside to run ABC's upcoming new supernatural
drama Miracles. Greenwalt will remain with Angel as a
creative consultant, but TV veteran David Simkins
(Freakylinks) will take over the job of running Angel on a
daily basis, Whedon said.
Greenwalt's decision to leave "was a bit of a shock to the
system, because we obviously created the show together,
and he's such a central part of it," Whedon said in an
interview at The WB's fall preview. "But [executive
producer] Tim [Minear] and I brought in David Simkins. ...
We have built a staff over the years. It's now our fourth
year, so we have enough people to sort of stop the gap.
And the process is more difficult without David, but the
show isn't going to suffer, because I won't let it."
Whedon added that Simkins brings a complementary
sensibility to the show. He's "someone that we could really
get into the story with, who can really work with the actors
and do all the things we need a producer to do," Whedon
said. "Unfortunately, though, Greenwalt was also a great
director, which means we have to find new guys there. But
Simkins ... has done a lot of shows, and he understands the
dynamic when you're coming onto a show that suddenly
has this vacuum, which is great. Because [with] a lot of
people, ... it would be a real conflict, because it's a position
of power. But he understands what that power is, and he's
a really gracious guy, and he really fits with our sensibility,
and so it's working out well."
Whedon, who is running a new SF series, Firefly, for Fox, in
addition to overseeing UPN's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will
lean on Minear as well. Minear will also run Firefly with
Whedon. "He is running Angel with me the way he is running
Firefly with me. ... He is, like, completely bifurcated at this
point. Eventually he'll be more on Firefly, when Angel gets
on its feet, but for now, with the sudden hole that
Greenwalt has left, ... Minear is spending a lot more time on
Angel than we intended."
Angel co-star Alexis Denisof (Wesley) told SCI FI Wire that
Simkins has been doing his homework in preparation for
taking over Angel. "He sat down this summer with his wife
and watched 66 episodes of Angel from beginning to end in
a marathon," Denisof said in an interview. "Can you
imagine? ... They just took one tape out and put the next
one in. He was just hammering it. I mean, that's more than
any hardcore fan would do. So ... he's already got the bible
in his head of the show. He's done his homework, and he's
ready to go."