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'Dark Angel' Grounded

Daily Variety says 'Angel' to be replaced by 'Firefly'

 LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2002 (Reuters) - Not even "Titanic" director James Cameron - the man behind the biggest movie in history - can prevent a TV ratings dud from cancellation.

 Fox Broadcasting has axed the sci-fi action series "Dark Angel," which Cameron co-created, after two seasons, Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety said in its Thursday edition.

 The show's Friday night slot will be filled by "Firefly," a space Western from Joss Whedon, the creator of the hit franchise "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Daily Variety said.

 "Dark Angel" starred Jessica Alba as a feisty human prototype who teams up with a cyberjournalist (played by Michael Weatherly) to battle an oppressive regime in the near future. It made a celebrity out of Alba, a 21-year-old exotic beauty who got engaged to Weatherly, but the show never transcended cult status.

 Season-to-date, it averaged six million viewers and ranked about 125th among prime-time series, according to Nielsen Media Research.


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