Joss Whedon wraps secret Shakespeare movie project
Actors include Sean Maher, who starred on Whedon's "Firefly"
and in his 2005 movie "Serenity;" Fran Kranz, who stars in
"The Cabin in the Woods," which Whedon wrote and is
producing; "Castle," "Firefly" and "Buffy the Vampire
Slayer" star Nathan Fillion and "Angel" and "Cabin" star Amy
Acker. Spencer Treat Clark and Jillian Morgese, newcomers to
Whedon's projects, also star.
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August Richards stars in the new NBC show "Conviction"
Julie Benz is starring in a new Swedish-American movie
titled "Kill Your Darlings" which opens in Sweden April 13,
11/30/05 - James Marsters
(Spike from Buffy
and Angel) is currently
appearing on the WB's hit show
Smallville as Superman's
Angel and Buffy writer Marti Noxon created the supernatural
"Point Pleasant", now airing on FOX Wednesday nights.
Amy Acker (Fred/Illyria) is making a movie for the big screen. The 27 year
old actress will star in "The Novice" an independent coming of age film
written and directed by Murray Robinson. The film centers on a Jesuit
seminarian whose living is threatened when he falls in love with a
humanitarian flower child (Acker). Shooting will begin at the end of July
in Mobile, Ala.
WB Admits Mistake in Cancellation
Read more about WB CEO Ancier's revelation at the Press Tour. Article by Simon from SaveAngel.org
In a surprising turn, newly ensconced WB head Garth Ancier admitted that cancelling ANGEL may have been a mistake.
During the TV Critics Press Tour yesterday, Ancier claimed that had the network and producers Twentieth Century Fox held off the February decision, ANGEL might have been renewed: "The mistake that was made between us and Twentieth was that we didn't wait until May, we just made the decision early based upon their request."
Last year, ANGEL was "on the bubble" and renewed at the last moment. Typically, programmers decide series’ fates once all new show pilots are previewed.
This time around, the producers and ANGEL creator Joss Whedon requested that the network make an early February call for renewal. Then-CEO Jordan Levin informed Whedon over dinner that ANGEL would be axed.
The WB had two highly anticipated potential genre series, Lost in Space and Dark Shadows, neither of which panned out, leaving a hole in the program schedule. Dark Shadows, in particular, was expected to be a drop-in replacement for ANGEL, but says Ancier, the production did not "gel."
Series "on the bubble" could go either way. This past season, two such genre shows, UPN's Star Trek: Enterprise and FOX's Tru Calling, were renewed just prior to the "Up Fronts" -- when networks showcase their Fall line-up for potential advertisers.
According to Ancier, there's still interest in doing special ANGEL TV movies, but that David Boreanaz would need some "coaxing" to return to the role.
Ancier's statements may be viewed as a way to distance his new WB administration from that of former CEO and chief programmer Jordan Levin, who resigned last month and was seen as responsible for the end of ANGEL.
Boreanaz is on location filming a movie called "The Perfect
Lie". He has been in San Bernardino at the Orange Show
Speedway. He plays Lance, a race car driver and Paul Sorvino
is his pit crew chief.
The Vampire Of Steel
According to Christopher Bahn, MSNBC contributor, David
Boreanaz could be selected to don a cape and portray the
next Superman. However, Christopher Bahn suggested that he
would make a better Batman
Cool News reports:
know that finale-co-writing/directing “Angel” vet Jeff Bell
is transferring over to “Alias” next season, yes? Well, ol’
“Intimately Familiar With The Situation” also reveals that
“Buffy”/”Angel” superstar Drew Goddard (he co-wrote that
last, brilliant Italy-set episode) is also migrating to
“Alias”! So look for “Alias” to become perhaps the best show
ever next season!
Another “Angel” superstar, Liz Craft (she and her superstar
pard, Sarah Fain, wrote the five-star “Underneath,” aired a
couple Wednesdays ago), recently mentioned in passing that
the distaff scribe duo would be hooking up with the next
season of FX’s “The Shield.” (Which is masterminded by yet
another “Angel” vet, Shawn Ryan.)
has been removed from TheWB.com
was a rumor that NBC was going to bring back Angel, but it
The Complete Fourth Season will be released September 7th.
Bergman, David Boreanaz'z wife will be guest starring on the
April 28th episode Time Bomb.
First ANGEL TV Movie May Hit in September
From Mediasharx.com - By Marcus Ferrell -
2004-04-23rd Scooper ’Daybill’ returned with
some news from the ANGEL front:
The WB is working on a new stand-alone
telemovie, ANGEL, to air tentatively in September. The first
two-hour pic is going to essentially launch the series as a
sequence of films - different villain, different storyline,
each one. The first is going to tie-in with the events of the
series final episode. The season ender is going to go out with
a huge cliffhanger, and we’ll have to wait till September to
find out how it all ends. Eliza Dushku is in talks to appear
in the telemovies, as Faith, the vampire slayer. Her series
TRU CALLING isn’t going to be picked up for a second season,
so I assume she jumped at it. What’s interesting is, Joss
Whedon’s not going to have much to do with the first couple.
He’s apparently doing a movie for Universal. Wonder how that’s
going to go down with fans? I guess that big truck - which i
again saw last week driving around - did something to save
this show. How valid is this report? Well, Daybill hasn’t
failed us before, but September seems like too quick a
turnaround for a tv movie, although not altogether impossible.
It’s possible that the first could be filmed after a short
break, but I would think that the principal cast would want to
get away from these characters for a while. The finale Daybill
speaks of also lines up with an April 17 report from our
friends over at Spoiler Slayer, where they said that the
series will likely end on a cliffhanger. Joss Whedon’s lack of
involvement - I wouldn’t be surprised. The movie Daybill
speaks of is, of course, the film version of FIREFLY, which is
being fasttracked at Universal. However, if these movies go
forward, I have no doubt that some of the ANGEL/Mutant Enemy
regulars will return. Updated: The boys and girls over at
Whedonesque had a good point that contradicts the report (that
I, I’m ashamed to say, didn’t think of) - some places have
already reported that TRU CALLING will be picked up for
another season, even though networks seem to like to mess with
executive producers’ minds and tell them they’re being renewed
when they haven’t been. Regardless, remember that this report
is a rumor. Take nothing as absolute fact until you hear it
from the Frog.
to Kristin from E! online, Angel is not coming back. The
sooner we all accept that, the sooner we can move on.
over," James Marsters (Spike) told Kristin on Wednesday. "And
we've known for a while. It was a shock. I've never in my
wildest dreams thought they would do that. But it's their
game, their football, and it seems they want to pass it to
Acker (Fred) also said on Thursday before going to set for her
final day of shooting. "I guess they had just sort of decided
the cancellation was for good, at a point. So, it seems so sad
all these people were working so hard and nothing happened.
The whole thing has been so sweet, and we all have been like,
'Oh maybe it will work!' But it seems like they're pretty set
in their way."
WB suits aren't changing their minds on Angel. The WB
insiders tell Kristin the higher-ups feel strongly that Angel
had "limited moneymaking potential," due to limited
advertising revenue and what they consider to be a substantial
budget. The fan base is clearly devoted, but these bigwigs see
little hope of that audience expanding.
Meanwhile, UPN and Fox have both passed on Angel. UPN has a
strict new edict not to pick up "other networks' scraps."
Even if they did want the show they can't afford it. As for
Fox, they seem to be going for a slightly different maybe more
actors are learning to accept the show's fate and move on.
"I'm used to things being over," James said. "Coming from
theater, I'm used to plays being wonderful or less than
wonderful, and even if they're fabulous, they do have to come
to an end. And you kind of come to a point where you're at
peace with that."
admits she's the weepy one. "I just keep crying, and everyone
is like, 'Stop it! Or I'll cry, too.' It's hard because last
Friday was Alexis' last night, and yesterday was Andy's last
day. And today will be everyone's. It's hard to imagine you
won't be spending 12 hours a day with them anymore."
Angel campaign may not have accomplished exactly what we'd
hoped but James points out that it managed to do something
not have saved the show," he explained, "but what it does for
the entire cast and crew is give us a little pop as we go
out. Everyone takes notice that we connected well enough with
the audience to give them that passion. And I have to tell
you it feels so good. After all these years of, frankly,
battling time and money and always having to give up what you
were planning to do and getting frustrated, at the end of it,
to see everyone really going out of their way to try and save
it, it just feels really, really good. So, big warm vampire
fuzzies over here. It really took the sting out of getting
just want to say to the fans, thank you," Amy says. "I think
that [Save Angel] has been so awesome and it has made us feel
better when we've all been so sad. For people to come up and
say 'Did you hear there's a rally today?' or 'I saw the big
poster today.' That has been as comforting as it could ever
Sadly there are
only six episodes of Angel left, but if anything we are going to
see some familiar faces as the big ending gets closer.
According to the WB, we will see appearances by Juliet Landau (Dru),
Julie Benz (Darla) and Tom Lenk (Andrew) plus we will find out
what Buffy has been up to.
According to E Online, Sarah
Michelle Gellar (Buffy) will not be returning for the series
finale of Angel. Joss Whedon (series creator in an interview
with TV Guide Online) said he had hoped for her to appear in the
second to last episode but he didn’t invite her for the finale
(even though she was available for that). He didn’t want the
last episode to revolve around a guest star but be about the
regulars that have survived and died together.
was due to her filming the horror flick The Grudge in Tokyo.
The episode has been shot and apparently wraps up the love
triangle between Spike, Buffy and Angel. Spike and Angel have
come to an understanding and Buffy’s character has come to some
sort of understanding.
The final two-part
finale will air May 12 and 19. Die hard fans still have not
gave up, still striving hard with the Saving Angel campaign.
They will be having a rally at the Warner Brothers production
offices in Burbank on March 31.
According to E Online’s
Kristin Angel’s David Boreanaz really does feel for his fan’s
“because they have been so supportive” but he is “looking
forward to challenges” and “it’s time to try a whole new
Speaking to his official website, J. August Richards was the first of
the cast to
give their reactions to The WB's sudden cancellation of Angel.
"First, I am gonna miss coming to work with the people, whom I've grown
to over the years, and I work with everyday. I am going to miss my
whom I have grown to love and thirdly I'm going to miss the worldwide
fans and family that has supported us," he said.
Asked about the show's future now, he was vague, saying, "There is
boost talk about doing Angel TV movies in the future but that's way in
future." However, he had a message of hope for Angel's fans.
"Thank you for supporting us, specifically me for the four years I have
the show. I feel so grateful for that and having met so many of my fans
the world has truly been an amazing experience. Thanks for everything
don't want to sound final because I don't feel this is final. The show
is not airing
next season but I don't feel its over."
An interview with Angel star David Boreanaz is online now at the TV Week
site. Below are
some snippets from the full interview :
"I really wasn't shocked or surprised [about the cancellation]. This is
the way the business is.
Like I said when I started the show, I worked on scene to scene, show
to show....it was
actually a big relief for me and, personally, it gave me a big sense of
freedom. I felt like a big
weight had been lifted from my shoulders."
"When you do 100 episodes and you?re carrying a show, it's a lot of
pressure. People rely on
you for their jobs...Yet you really owe it to yourself to examine what's
right and what's
wrong for you as an artist....So for me, I feel like, "Oh, I don't have
to hold that cross
anymore. As heavy as it may be or as light as it may be, it's not a
negative. It's a good thing!"
"...I felt bad for the fans. When the producers took the show and
re-tooled it in a way that
took it in a different direction, it should have been the responsibility
of the network to put a
keen interest into it during that time. So I don't think they handled it
in the classiest way. And
the fans are the people the network really screwed over."
Charisma Carpenter has posed
nude for Playboy. Apparently the 33 year old is very proud of her
body since giving birth to her son Donovan (father is her husband
of two years, Damian Hardy) last March 24th and prepared to show
off her newly slimmed down body. She has posed topless for
The Demon Rights
Activist may look familiar to some soap opera fans. Bryce
Mouer played Rudy Delight on the "Bold and the Beautiful" and Johnny
on "Days of our Lives."
Guide and Variety report today that The WB has picked up Angel for a
full twenty-two episode season based on its positive performance
over the last two weeks. According to Variety, the network had an
option to cut back to 13 episodes if the show performed poorly this
season. Lucky for fans - that hasn't been the case!
The January, special
issue of In Style Weddings features on page 404 a Day of Wine &Roses
with Amy Acker! Amy got married last April 25th,
2003 to actor James Carpinello (he played Randy on "Felicity" and
can next be seen in the flicks "The Punisher" and "The Great Raid").
The ceremony was held at the Hans Fahden Vineyard, and it had a
'hip, bohemian mood'. It was Amy's dream to be married in a garden.
The 65-member guest list included fellow cast mate Alexis Denisof
and his bride-to-be (five months later) Alyson Hannigan. You
can check out the rest of the article and photos in the January
issue of In Style Magazine on newsstands now.
Angel returns with a
new episode January 14, 2004 with Harms Way.
directed an episode called Soul Purpose airing January 21.
The shows 100th episode airs February 4 and is called You're
Season 3 of Angel on DVD is available February 10, 2004.
Zap2it.com has listed James Marsters (Spike) as one of the years top
10 characters on television.
MSN has listed "Angel" at no. 3 of it's list of top ten Most Daring
TV Shows of 2003.
Stephanie Romanov (Lilah)
will play a widow in sci-fi thriller "Final Cut." The movie stars
News: David Boreanaz
will be directing the 10th episode of the season. The show will
feature demon strippers.
According to "TV Gal"
there's been some negativity to Spike presences on Angel saying he
doesn't fit in. Give the guy a chance he did just arrive and
everything about 'Angel' right now doesn't seem to fit. (That's my
own opinion.) The Gal says the show is doing a good job of balancing
Spike and the action around him they just need to add more chicks.
Cordy left some big shoes to fit and lets not forget Lilah and no
one seems to be clicking with Eve.
Alexis Denisof and
Alyson Hannigan got married last weekend October 11, 2003 in Desert
Hot Springs, California at the Two Bunch Palms.
The third Season of Angel will be released on DVD in February of
Mercedes McNab (Harmony will become a regular sometime in the new
Juliet Landau (Drusilla) has already shot an episode that should air
on November 19th.
It is confirmed that Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) will return for
one episode, maybe around the hundreth episode. Shooting will begin
around the end of November. It doesn't look like Sarah Michelle
Gellar will be doing any guest appearances this season.
Charisma Carpenter, who won't be returning as a
regular cast member on The WB's Angel, spoke for the first
time about her abrupt departure in an interview with the Boston
Herald and said she was as shocked as anyone. "I was not
prepared," Carpenter told the newspaper. "I don't think you're ever
prepared for that kind of situation." Carpenter played
the acid-tongued Cordelia Chase for three years on Buffy the
Vampire Slayer before moving over to The WB's spinoff series.
"Seven years, that's a long time," she said. "I started that show.
To not be finishing it is a pretty big deal for me. They went back
to work on July 24. ... On that day I thought, 'Oh, today is
officially my first day of unemployment.'" Last spring,
Carpenter returned to Angel just 10 days after giving birth
to her son, Donovan, and spent two long days on the set, wrapping up
the season, the newspaper reported. She said she is absolutely
willing to return to the series to provide closure to her
character's story arc and bring Cordy out of the coma in which she
remained during last season's finale. "I think it would be
incomplete if it wasn't addressed but I don't know what's being
planned," she said. "I haven't heard anything. As we speak today,
there are no plans for me to come back."
Angel and Spike are on the cover of the Sept 6 – 12 edition of TV
Guide. (US only)
Check out David Boreanaz in
Dido’s new video for her song “White Flag”.
Unfortunately as of this date Charisma Charpenter has not filmed nor is
scheduled to film any episodes of the fifth season of Angel.
Kristin of E! News the rumour of James Marsters (Spike)
doing a nude scene on Angel is true and has already been shot.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (already noted) Alyson Hannigan and Juliet
will make guest appearances this season.
Angel Season 2 boxed DVD set was originally scheduled to be released on
August 19th but has been rescheduled for September 2, 2003.
From Futoncritic.com: For those interested, the WB has "Angel" returning to the lineup on
Wednesday, August 27:
8/27/03 79R Salvage
9/03/03 80R Release
In addition, the series' long awaited TNT run is set to begin Monday,
September 29. I'm told episodes will run Monday-Friday at 5:00/4:00c
and 11:00/10:00c however I won't know for sure until TNT's schedule
is up next week. Also, local stations across the country are set to
begin carrying repeats of "Angel" during the weekends that same week
(October 4-5). Check your local listings to find exactly when/if it
is showing in your area.
James Marsters will start filming a upcoming movie "Venetian Heat"
beginning October 27, 2003 in Papigno, Italy. He will play a character
named Adriano. Also starring in the movie are Patrick Dempsey, Sean
Bean, Derek Jacob, Franco Nero and Rupert Evans.
His band Ghost of the Robot just finished their European tour and they
will be performing at the DragonCon convention on August 30th in Atlanta
Georgia.Charisma Carpenter will make a guest appearance on the new NBC show
called "Miss Match" starring Alicia Silverstone. The episode will air
on October 10th and Carpenter will play a high school pal of
Silverstone's character.Sarah Thompson (Boston Public) who's protraying Eve and Mercedes McNab
(Harmony) have been signed for 6 episodes each. Eve has been considered
a possible love interest for Angel.Second episode of Angel will air Oct 15th and begins shooting Aug 5th. It was
written by David Fury & Ben Edlund and directed by James A. Contner.Joss Whedon is still trying to work out guest stops with Sarah Michelle
Gellar; he's hoping for something around sweeps. Whedon said the new season of ``Angel'' will emphasize stand-alone
opposed to the serial approach of previous seasons. Whedon, who's
directing the ``Angel'' season opener, said he's happy to be working on
just one show. Jeff Bell hopes this will not be the last season for Angel. He says he
plans on doing the best 22 episodes he can so the WB will want another
22 episodes more. He hopes that Charisma Carpenter will return for a
few episodes and they have plans on how she will come out of the coma.Joss Whedon would like Charisma Carpenter to return so she can give
her character Cordelia story line. He knows what they want to do it
will just depend
on her schedule.
Filming of the season premiere entitled 'Eve' will begin July 24th and
the air date will be September 24th but I've also heard October 1st (
I'll let you know).
Reruns of Angel will be shown on the TNN network as of Fall 2003.
Alyson Hannigan said she would gladly guest star on Angel.
McNabb as Harmony will be back.
The writing staff of Angel have admitted that writing Spike into the
show will be a challenge. Not only do they have to figure out how to
get Spike to L.A., but then there is the unique dilemma of having two
souled vampires on one show. They don't want to turn Spike into Angel
because "he's not an interesting character being Angel, Spike is a
morally ambiguous character". As quoted by David Fury.
Joining the writing team of Angel is Ben Edlund and
Drew Goddard and leaving are Tim Minear and Mere Smith.Vincent Kartheiser (Connor) has been contracted for
only one episode, though we will probably see him again in the
future. Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) will no longer be a series
regular but will appear on a recurring basis. Rumours are flying
between her wanting to spend more time with her family and producers
being upset that she hasn't lost her baby weight. I'm leaning more
towards the idea of her wanting to be with her new husband and
Eliza Dushku's (Faith) new show Tru Calling is set
for the 2003-2004 season. It will been shown on Fox Thursday's at
8pm. Eliza plays Tru Davies a recent college graduate who finds
herself working the midnight shift at the New York city morgue. She
gets a chance to change the past for the victims. The executive
producer/writer is Jon Feldman (American Dreams, Roswell and
Anthony Stewart Head (Giles of Buffy) says he maybe
crossing over to Angel. He has spoke to the writers about it and
they thought it might be quite fun.
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