During the season premiere of ANGEL, The WB will broadcast the World Premiere of New Line’s trailer for the epic adventure The Lord of the Rings. Based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic novel, the trilogy will open world-wide in theatres on December 19, 2001. The Lord of the Rings stars Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin and Viggo Mortensen, among many others. Directed by Peter Jackson and produced by Barrie M. Osborne, “The Lord of the Rings chronicles the struggle between good and evil for possession of a magical ring that can shift the balance of power in the world.
“ANGEL and The Lord of the Rings are extremely compatible in that they each target similar demos. It is always great when we are able to work with another arm within AOL/Time Warner in a way that benefits both companies,” said Lew Goldstein, co-President, Marketing of The WB. “We are always looking for ways to give our audience something special,” said Bob Bibb, co-President, Marketing of The WB. “By giving them the first look at this sneak preview, we feel it will not only give added value to our highest-rated night, but attract viewers to ANGEL in its new time period.”
In another cinematic twist for ANGEL this season, the popular series will air in letterbox format this season.
“The format lends itself to the production quality and action sequences of ANGEL,” said ANGEL executive producer David Greenwalt. “Still, viewers who do not have the capacity to view shows in this format will not miss anything and will be able to enjoy the show as they have in the past.”