The WB announced it has cancelled the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER spin-off ANGEL after five seasons on the air. With nine episodes left in the season, the announcement was released early to allow "the show's creators time to wrap up the season appropriately." The cancellation doesn't spell the complete end of the character, which the network might give special movie events to next year.
In a statement the network said, "For the last seven years ANGEL and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER have been cornerstones of our network. The sum total of the work done on those shows has produced some of the proudest moments in our history. Like some of the great series that are leaving the air this year, including FRASIER and FRIENDS, the cast, crew, writers and producers of ANGEL deserve to be able to wrap up the series in a way befitting a classic television series and that is why we went to [creator] Joss [Whedon] to let him know that this would be the last year of the series on The WB."
The series is produced by Mutant Enemy Inc., Kuzui Enterprises, Sandollar Television and 20th Century Fox Television. Almost Human Inc., Digital Magic Co., Radium and Zoic Studios all provided visual effects services for the show.