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June 23, 2008

'Moonlight' is dead, for real this time

Moonlight300x200 Like the final minutes of a vampire movie where you think the creature is dead until it lunges up for one last attack, online reports have kept making fans of the canceled CBS drama "Moonlight" jump out of their seats.

"Moonlight" might be picked up by the CW.


By DirecTV.

By ... anybody, dammit. Just give us more "Moonlight," more Alex O'Loughlin, more vomance!

Sorry, fans. Sources close to the show said Monday that all those last-ditch efforts to bring "Moonlight" back from its final resting place have now concluded. The sets have been dismantled. The stage is being taken over by CBS' upcoming drama "The Mentalist." The billowy shirts are packed up. It's done. 

Did the show ever stand a real chance of revival? Sure, sources say there was significant interest from various parties. Every option to keep the show alive was explored. But the math didn't compute. As with "Jericho," it's  tough to shrink a broadcast show's budget to fit a nonbroadcast network. The "Moonlight" ratings might have seemed ideal for another outlet, but there's no guarantee the same number of viewers would have followed the show to a new home.

So, yes, dearest "Moonlight" fans, for a while there, you kept the dream of "Moonlight" alive. And the dream really appreciates your time together. It learned so much and wouldn't trade those months for anything. But now the dream is looking for opportunities elsewhere and talking about you in the past tense. The dream has moved on, changed its Facebook relationship status to "single" and is politely yet firmly asking you to quit calling.

"Moonlight" is over you. Now it's time for you to move on, too.


Boy oh boy, “Moonlight” madness in the comments section!

To answer some of the recurring questions from below:

Yes, I was the first to break the news that cult fave “Moonlight” was canceled by CBS in May; this post is an update about the studios' much buzzed-about efforts to get the show picked up elsewhere.

Yes, I am certain those significant efforts have concluded and that the show is over. The sets, stage, etc., have very little to do with it, as some of the more informed readers suspected. I cannot tell you my sources. Check The Live Feed blog over the next couple weeks; I’ll update when I can provide more detail.

Yes, much of the post was in jest, please do not take it too seriously or, heaven forbid, personally. “Moonlight” fans have a very loyal and intense relationship with the show. The idea was to write as if the show itself broke up with its fans. I understand not everybody was amused. But the post was not meant to be mean. We all have our underrated favorites -- I cried into my Sierra Nevada over the recent cancellation of GSN’s “High Stakes Poker” – but … it’s only TV.


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