It now appears that all the talk about “Moonlight” getting a second try by CBS has turned out to be just that….all talk!
The network has made its decision for the 2008-2009 television season and sadly “Moonlight” will not be apart of it as the Net is going for more laughs over drama this upcoming season. CBS did, however, give a last minute thumbs up for “The Unit,” deciding it liked its failing numbers over those of “Moonlight,” making “The Unit” one of the few dramas to get renewal. Of course “C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation” hangs on. Also biting the bullet is the James Woods drama “Shark.”
CBS waited until the very last minute to make its decision about whether or not to renew the vampire series because it was very aware of its passionate fan-base. However, execs simply couldn’t justify its numbers to advertisers and the show was finally axed.
Many critics, including yours truly, and fans alike saw this show starting to go somewhere unique with what was suppose to be its upcoming season finale. This final episode, now to be its last, was to start looking deeper into the unknown world of the 21st Century vampire community.
Networks really need to give these shows a chance. If they would have done with “Seinfeld” or “All in the Family” what they do with many niche’ fan favorites these days, then Carroll O’Connor would have remained a B-movie actor and Jerry Seinfeld would just be another struggling standup comedian no one ever heard of. Both show languished for a full season at the bottom of the ratings pit, but CBS and NBC gave them a second shot and, the rest, as they say, is history.
Advertisers need to grow a pair if they really want the television audience to sit up an take notice of their product and give networks allowance to give shows the time and space they need to grow wings.