Mutterings

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The only reason that Angel didn’t come back…it’s a very simple thing. Because our ratings were up, because of our critical attention, Joss specifically asked Jordan Levin, who was the head of The WB at the time, to give us an early pick-up because every year they [would] wait so long to give Angel a pick-up [and] a lot of us [would] turn down jobs hoping that Angel will continue - he didn’t want that to happen. So, he was feeling very confidant and he just asked Jordan, “Like, make your decision now whether you’re going to pick us up or not,” and Jordan, sort of with his hands tied, with his back up against the wall, called him the next day and said, “Okay, we’re cancelling you.” Jordan’s no longer there and The WB has since recognized…I believe Garth Ancier at The WB said that it was a big mistake to cancel Angel. There was a power play that happened that just didn’t fall out the way they wanted it to. We wanted to get an early pick-up, we didn’t. In fact we forced them to make a decision, and with his hand forced he made the decision to cancel us.

I think, in retrospect, with their developments not doing very well - they were trying to develop other genre shows, like Dark Shadows with John Wells and Lost in Space with John Woo - they would have loved to have Angel on for another year. It was just an unfortunate thing that they made the decision so soon. I guarantee that, if we waited as we normally did, by the time May had come around they would have picked up Angel. I can guarantee that.

David Fury (via callsigntheslayer)

Fury clarified this in a follow-up post at Whedonesque (X)

My anecdote about Joss trying to get an early pick-up was also not accurate, I left out the altruistic part of the story: Joss did not want his writers to lose out on job offers from other shows if ANGEL wasn’t coming back. The prior year, some writers turned down offers, and could have ended up jobless if ANGEL was cancelled. Joss didn’t want that to happen. He didn’t think it was fair to them to wait to know if they had a job for a sixth season. It was stupid of me to suggest the show would have been picked up if we had waited. The truth is the WB was going to cancel it no matter what. It was too expensive for them.

(via silverspike)

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