Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Variety ~ Combination of factors led to Moonlight's cancelation

CBS passes on 'Moonlight'
Four primetime favorites set for next season
By CYNTHIA LITTLETON

Producers of "How I Met Your Mother," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," "Rules of Engagement" and "The Unit" can stop biting their nails -- CBS has renewed all four skeins. But fans of "Moonlight" are going to be up in arms because the Eye has passed on a sophomore sesh of the vampire drama starring Alex O'Loughlin.

A third-season renewal of "Mother," from 20th Century Fox TV, was never really in doubt, given its buzzworthy status and its ratings momentum during the past two months since its post-strike return. "Old Christine" was on the fence for a while, and ABC let it be known that if CBS were to pass on a third season the Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer it would nab the Warner Bros. TV show.

"Rules of Engagement," from Sony Pictures TV, was also a fence-sitter but is known to have its fans at the Eye. "The Unit," from 20th Century Fox TV, is seen as a durable performer that has done respectable business wherever it has run. In fact, the delay in the renewal of "Unit" was something of a surprise.

"Moonlight," meanwhile, was done in by a combination of factors. It's understood that Eye execs were not impressed with the show's creative development, and there was much drama and turnover behind the scenes among producers and scribes. The final straw was the show's middling ratings perf during the past few weeks after its post-strike return.

CBS execs declined comment on any of its pickup news Tuesday. Eye presents its 2008-09 lineup on Wednesday at Carnegie Hall.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117985580.html?categoryid=14&cs=1

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

well there you go cbs will have alot of moonlight fan very upset and angry. this is the sadess tuesday ever

Anonymous said...

BIG Mistake, CBS!!! It was YOUR ONLY SHOW I watched. I guess there is NO REASON FOR ME TO TURN ON YOUR NETWORK NEXT SEASON!!

Anonymous said...

BIG Mistake, CBS!!! It was YOUR ONLY SHOW I watched. I guess there is NO REASON FOR ME TO TURN ON YOUR NETWORK NEXT SEASON!!

Rachelle said...

Ugh. I feel ill.

Anonymous said...

is there any chance another network would pick it up? I'm not sure if that kind of thing ever happens?

Anonymous said...

is there any chance another network would pick it up? I'm not sure if that kind of thing ever happens?

YankeeHorses said...

I am literally writing this through tears. I have NEVER been this upset about a TV cancellation in my life (usually I know it's inevitable that what I like is not mainstream). It's like I am in mourning. Can't believe I feel this way for a TV show.

Debbie said...

I have been a loyal Moonlight
fan from the 1st show. This is the only show I watch regularly and
never stayed home on a Friday night
because of a TV show before(and I have a DVR to record it) I am
just very upset over learning of
the cancellation. It is WRONG!
I will not be watching anything
on CBS anymore.

Anonymous said...

CBS had only one show that I watched...Moonlight. Now i have no reson to watch CBS... I can now spend my Fridays doing other things. No tv for me.

Anonymous said...

I was watching Moonlight all the way in the Netherlands and now the cancelled it!!!! what the f@#....