Minear praised as 'a genius writer' by Whedon

“Angel” scribe Tim Minear has inked a seven-figure drama development deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

Pact calls for Minear to create, write and produce series programming for the studio. In addition, he’ll serve as co-exec producer of “Angel” for the upcoming season, working under co-creators and exec producers Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt.

It’s also expected that at some point during the length of the deal, Minear will be elevated to exec producer of “Angel.”

“Tim is the heir apparent,” Whedon told Daily Variety.

Minear has written for “Angel” since the show was spun off from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in 1999. Last season, he worked as supervising producer of the series, directing two segs and writing or co-writing nearly one-third of the season’s episodes.

“If there was no Tim Minear, there would be no ‘Angel,’ ” Whedon said. “He’s the unsung and unbelievably necessary hero of the show.”

Whedon also praised Minear for being “a genius writer” who possesses a “mix of cynicism and romanticism.”

“He’s like Gene Kelly in ‘Brigadoon’ disguised as Van Johnson in ‘Brigadoon,’ ” Whedon said, making reference to the two leads of the 1954 musical pic.

Scott Vila, 20th senior VP of drama called, Minear “one of the stars of ‘Angel.’”

“He has a rare gift on the page and has developed into an outstanding director,” Vila said. “We believe he has a very bright future and feel fortunate to be part of it.”

Minear — whose deal was brokered by ICM’s Matt Solo and manager Larry Shuman– worked as a producer on the ABC drama “Strange World” and as an executive story editor on “The X-Files” before joining “Angel.”

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