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Saving Angel campaign takes flight

By Chris Gardner

Monday 22 March 2004, by Webmaster

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Save ’Angel’ Campaign Takes Flight

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By Chris Gardner

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Angel" acolytes are nothing if not devoted, determined and organized.

Fans of Joss Whedon’s soon-to-be-canceled WB Network drama series sprung into action last month once it became official that the spawn of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" would get the big spike in May. The Save Angel postcards and full-page ads have been flowing into The Hollywood Reporter and other publications for weeks, but "Angel" fans distinguished themselves from past fan-fueled salvage initiatives last week by hiring (at $700 a day) a billboard truck to drive around Los Angeles and park at strategic locations (including THR’s Wilshire Boulevard offices, Warner Bros. and the WB, Paramount, UPN, HBO and 20th Century Fox) for maximum impact and, of course, free media exposure. ("We will follow ’Angel’ to hell . . . or another network," the billboard promises.)

Theresa Fortier, one of the instigators of the http://www.SavingAngel.org Web site, said the group has raised some $22,000 from several hundred donors in just a few weeks. The truck will cruise around for at least another week, and more print ads are likely to be placed.

"We’ve made it clear to (donors) that what we’re doing wouldn’t necessarily save the show, but if no one was gonna go broke, we’d appreciate whatever they could give," Fortier said. "We just want it known that we’re concerned that the end seems near for quality TV drama. We don’t want to lose the one last tie we have to the Joss Whedon universe."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

3 Forum messages

  • Another Thought

    23 March 2004 02:18, by Jonathan Rutan
    This may sound off but if Angel can’t be saved why isn’t anyone thinking of spinning off Spike for his own show? A Spike show would be great, I would watch it and it could continue the Buffy universe with one of the best characters ever, Spike.
  • > Saving Angel campaign takes flight

    24 March 2004 16:08, by Kansa
    This is to Jonathan Rutan.... I think that a Spike spin-of would be so stuipd as he isnt really any thing important compared to Faith or Willow! If any one should do a spin-of i think that it should either be Willow or Faith!
  • > Saving Angel campaign takes flight

    28 March 2004 09:22, by Dave H

    Yeah, well I’d like to see a spinnoff that didn’t involve ANY of the major charecters. Not that I don’t love them, but it would be nice to sort of start anew - take the buffyverse and build up in another area. Not sure this post is the right area for any ideas.

    If someone can point me to a spinnoff ideas thread somewhere maybe we can kick a few ideas around.