Guest Author - Lizzie Flynn
“Moonlight”, the CBS Friday night vampire drama, may be headed for the chopping block and fans are gearing up for a battle. According to TV Guide, when Executive Producer, Chip Johannessen was let go, the show went “on the bubble”, which is how industry insiders refer to not being listed as being continued. Fans are beginning a campaign to save the show before it has been officially canceled.
The campaign to save the show is organized around what vampire’s want most- blood. They are organizing a blood drive in hopes of convincing CBS to take pity on the vampire detective and his lovely co-star. With help from the Red Cross, who are eager to join any campaign to give blood, 3,000 fans have already pledged to support the initiative and over 200 are ready to bare their veins to save their favorite show. But will if “Moonlight” is really destined to fade into the night, will their efforts matter to the show’s executives? It doesn’t look like that would matter a whole lot.
Last spring, “Jericho” fans went “nuts” when they learned that their show was canceled. They sent tons of nuts to CBS headquarters in New York City. The top bosses heeded their call and ordered 7 more episodes of “Jericho”. The show about post- Apocalypse Kansas aired for seven weeks in February before it was canceled a second time. There was nothing fans could do this time- except hope that another channel picks the show up. “Jericho” aired its series finale March 25, 2008.
“Journeyman” fans, fueled by the resurrection of “Jericho”, attempted to save their fallen time-hopper with boxes of Rice-A-Roni. It didn’t work as the last episode aired after thirteen weeks. Neither did the attempt by fans of “Veronica Mars” to impress executives with thousands of Mars bars. That show ended too, with fans saddened and a little less wealthy. There actually seems to be a trend starting wherein the fans bombard the executives to try to convince them their show is worth saving. The trend also seems to be failing.
“Moonlight” comes back April 25, 2008 to begin airing its last four episodes of the season. After that, it’s up in the air if the show gets to have a season two. Depending on where you get your information, “Moonlight” is either a shoo-in for next fall or getting a stake through its heart at the end of the season.