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TV Notes: This season of 'Angel' will be show's last

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Early Friday an announcement was made to the cast and crew at The WB's "Angel" that this season, the show's fifth, will be its last.

This news follows the airing of the 100th episode of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spin-off, the taping of which was marked by a party on the show's sets in November.

At that time, The WB's entertainment chief, Jordan Levin, said, "The work that you all do, I cannot thank you enough. This is something that will last. You can see it in the DVD sales. You see it in the fans. They give an incredible amount of attention to almost everything.

"You've created a cult here, and it's pretty wonderful to be a part of it. So thank you and congratulations."

It's the network's regard for the show that prompted it to give the producers an early enough heads up for a proper send-off at the end of the season.

"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," the network said in a statement. "We have discussed continuing the 'Angel' legacy with special movie events next year, which is still on the table."

Tomorrow, "Angel" airs one of its most innovative episodes, called "Smile Time." Written and directed by Ben Edlund ("The Tick"), it sees the show's title character, a crusading vampire with a soul, forced to fight evil after being transformed into a walking puppet (with voice by series star David Boreanaz).

(Kate O'Hare,

Diana documentary on NBC

NBC has acquired audiotapes of Princess Diana talking about her life and will air them in a two-part documentary next month.

The never-before-broadcast tapes were made inside London's Kensington Palace and were used by Andrew Morton to write his book "Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words."

NBC will supplement the tapes with video footage of Diana and interviews with some of her closest friends, some of whom are speaking for the first time about her life and death, the network said Friday.

The documentary will air on consecutive Thursdays, March 4 and 11, at 10 p.m.

(Associated Press)

Big Bird on 'West Wing'

Elmo could meet Leo.

Zoe the Muppet could meet Zoey Bartlett.

Somebody, apparently, has told the cast of "Sesame Street" how to get to Pennsylvania Avenue. Several of "Sesame Street's" most popular residents are about to visit television's most popular political drama when Big Bird, Elmo, Zoe and Rosita guest star on "The West Wing."

The March 3 cameos will mark the first time that these Muppets have guest starred on a prime-time series.

In the episode, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) enlists C.J. (Allison Janney) to try to improve the first lady's (Stockard Channing) image. As part of that effort, the first lady films a public service announcement where she gives Elmo a checkup.

If this crossover is successful, perhaps the Count will be called into the Oval Office to help out next time there's a key vote in the House.

"One Republican senator crossing party lines ... Ah-hah-hah," he might say.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of PBS's "Sesame Street."


'Survivor' moves in March

If you tune in to "Survivor: All-Stars" on Thursday nights in the middle of March, you may be struck by how athletic the castaways are looking. You may also be perplexed at how much the latest immunity challenges resemble a good old-fashioned game of college basketball. Instead of extinguishing torches and scratching bug bites on Thursday nights, CBS will be beating buzzers and cutting down nets.

As has been the case in recent years, CBS will temporarily displace "Survivor" to Wednesday nights to allow for coverage of NCAA Tournament basketball. "Survivor" will move to 8 p.m. Wednesday on March 17 and 24, returning to battle "Friends" on Thursday on April 1.


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