Not that we didn’t know the show was in trouble but Moonlight fans had been bolstered in recent weeks by optimistic words from the cast and crew. That’s why it was such a blow when CBS announced that the fledging vampire show would not be back for another season.
Ratings, cost and creative differences have all been sited in articles detailing the show’s demise. There’s no denying that the series has had its share of behind the scenes issues with re-castings and show runner shifts dating back to day one. But ratings? Come on? CBS wins every Friday night and with the Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs bookends firmly in place, Moonlight did better than expected for a quirky genre show on such a stodgy network.
So what now? Fans are already mounting protest campaigns which, I hope, don’t include mailing blood bags to the studio. But what good will it do? CBS is still feeling the burn over Jericho. Another show they brought back at the behest of the fans only to watch it sink in the ratings. Seems fans are great organizers when it comes to protest mailings but not so great when it comes to getting people to actually watch a show week after week.
Seems to me the only chance Moonlight has is to be picked up by SCI Fi Channel or some other cable network. Wouldn’t be bad timing. With the buzz about the Twilight movie due out next year, vampires are all the rage.
What do you think, fans? Maybe we should pool our money and produce the show ourselves. That would be one, ‘not ready for prime time’ vampire series, don’t you think? Well, there’s always ‘straight to DVD.’