David Simkins, announced at the end of May as David Greenwalt’s replacement as “Angel” showrunner, has departed the show a little more than two months later.
Simkins, whose terrifying resume includes stints as a writer-producer on “Charmed” and as the showrunner of “Freakylinks,” has departed over “true creative differences,” according to one source close to the situation. “It was a Herculean challenge to come into a well-established show with a deep mythology and prosper.”
How will the show deal with the departure of Simkins, who also served as a writer on the terrible first season of “Dark Angel” and the shaky final season of “Roswell”?
Likely by promoting from within. Writer-producer-director Jeffrey Bell – an “X-Files” vet who joined “Angel” last season and has already written or co-written five "Angel" teleplays, including such fan favorites as “Billy” and “Forgiving” – will reportedly now play a bigger role in helping fellow writer-producer-directors Joss Whedon and Tim Minear oversee “Angel.”