Though he is known to Angel fans as "The Tim Reaper" for his propensity for killing off characters in the episodes he wrote, we are perhaps fortunate that Tim Minear never had a chance to kill off any major characters on Firefly. In addition to writing, he also served as a director, executive producer, and all around Whedon right-hand-man on the set.
"It was freeing. It was fantastic. I thought it was going to be incredibly daunting to sit down and try to write these nine new voices, but I think I got the hang of it right away. It was incredibly easy for some reason," he told CFQ in an interview.
In the words of Joss Whedon:
"If there’s any single person in the universe that I trust, it’s Tim Minear. He really is as talented a writer and director as I’ve known, and was with me from pretty much the start…. Sometimes things happened on Firefly that I didn’t approve of. You fix those with reshoots and edits the best you can, but the problems always came from outside. Tim was never outside, he was always in the heart of the thing." (Interview for CFQ.)
"I think Joss and I both sort of did our best work on Firefly."
--Tim Minear, interview for CFQ.
Other claims to fame: Minear once worked on the popular Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman TV show, wrote for X-Files, and in 2005 turned out yet another unique, buzz-generating, critically acclaimed show cancelled pre-maturely by Fox, Wonderfalls. He will be working with Joss Whedon once again on the upcoming TV show Dollhouse, starring Eliza Dushku.
Firefly episodes written by Tim Minear:
Click here for complete episode information for Firefly.
www.TimMinear.net has a complete list of writing credits here.
Click here for imdb listing for Tim Minear.
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