I heard via sigrun first and had a stomach-drop moment. I couldn't find confirmation in a quick search, so i figured i'd wait it out. And after the initial stomach drop, i felt better. This season hasn't been the strongest ever, but i have faith in their ability to pull off a solid second half. (And certainly i wouldn't want them to keep making episodes when they'd run out of real stories to tell. Though if there could be a few more seasons of Firefly...) Now there has been an explosion of linkage to zap2it on my f'page, so the reality is sinking in. This will be the end of the canon for the Whedonverse. There was much mourning at BtVS' finale, but we all knew we had another show to contine, so it wasn't like the universe was really over. This is the only fandom i have ever done, and i do it hardcore. I'll still be fic-involved for ages, but this means my senior year i won't be scheduling my life around any shows, won't be spending time obsessing about the latest episode when i need to be doing homework. There'll still be essays written about the show and all, but no new canon. Huh. End of an era.
A statement from The WB:
For the last seven years Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have been cornerstones of our network. The sum total of the work done on those shows has produced some of the proudest moments in our history. 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. We have discussed continuing the Angel legacy with special movie events next year, which is still on the table. In a perfect world, all of these details would be completed before this information went to the press so that we could be definitive about the show's ongoing future. But in any case, we did not want to contemplate this being the last year of Angel without giving the show the option of crafting their own destiny for this character and for this series. David Boreanaz continues to be one of the finest, classiest and friendliest actors we have had the pleasure to work with and we hope that the relationship furthers from here. The same can be said for all the actors and producers on the show.