By the end of this season, ''Angel'' will be just like its protagonist: undead. After five years and more than 100 episodes, the WB is closing the coffin lid on the ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' spinoff, meaning that the nine or so episodes yet to air will be the last. However, the network didn't rule out the possibility of resurrecting the vampire hero played by David Boreanaz for one or more TV movies.
''For the last seven years 'Angel' and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' have been cornerstones of our network,'' the WB said in a statement. ''The sum total of the work done on those shows has produced some of the proudest moments in our history.'' The network said it was making the announcement early to give series creator Joss Whedon a chance to give the show a proper ending. ''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 Joss to let him know that this would be the last year of the series on The WB,'' the statement said. However, it added: ''We have discussed continuing the 'Angel' legacy with special movie events next year, which is still on the table.'' Of course, having passed the magic 100-episode number, ''Angel'' becomes ripe for syndication, which means the series could remain undead (in rerun form) for years to come.