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Tim Minear graduated high school. He has never been convicted of a felony. He was a production assistant in the 80s on films such as “Re-Animator,” “Dudes” and “Platoon.” He had funny hair back then, but more of it. He found out that “craft services” meant “servicing the crafts,” and that when horses were on stage, guess who had to pick up the poop?

Tired of cleaning up other people’s crap, he wrote some instead. His first television spec, an episode of “The X-Files,” landed him his first prime time television gig on “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Chris Carter was impressed enough with the sample to hire him onto the “The X-Files” writing staff in year five of that show. Among Tim’s “X-Files” episodes was “Mind’s Eye,” which garnered Lili Taylor an Emmy nomination. After his stint at “X-Files,” Tim joined with another “X-Files” alumni, Howard Gordon, for the ABC series “Strange World.”

The following year, Tim made the move to Joss Whedon’s Mutant Enemy as a producer on the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spin-off “Angel.” Tim became executive producer on “Angel,” writing all the really good episodes and directing a bunch, too. When Whedon launched his series “Firefly” for FOX, he asked Tim to share executive producing duties while still putting in time on “Angel.” Since Tim was on an overall deal at the time, he actually made less with this promotion. After “Firefly” finished its network run, Tim returned full time to “Angel.” He wrote and directed the season finale last year, then he saw the pilot for “Wonderfalls.”

He liked.

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