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Simkins exits `Angel' before really starting

Posted on August 14, 2002

David Simkins, recently hired to be the show-runner of The WB's "Angel" in the wake of the departure of the supernatural drama's co- creator, David Greenwalt, now also has departed the series.

The parting of the ways is due to the often-cited "creative differences," according to a spokesman for producing studio 20th Century Fox. There were no further details.

It was only last month that Simkins, who previously ran the short- lived Fox series "FreakyLinks," participated in a luncheon/press conference with some of the cast at the Fox studio lot as part of the biannual Television Critics Association press tour.

With Simkins gone, the task of running "Angel" as it moves into its fourth season falls to co-creator Joss Whedon and executive producer Tim Minear, both of whom are also shepherding Whedon's new science-fiction series, "Firefly," for a fall launch on Fox.

In addition, Whedon, who continues to team with executive producer Marti Noxon on UPN's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," is writing an "Angel" episode to air during the November sweeps period.

The episode of "Angel" will see the characters returning to the personas they had during the first season.

Greenwalt, who continues to consult on "Angel," has taken over as show-runner of "Miracles," a midseason supernatural drama already slated for ABC.

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