Premiere Date and Time
: Friday, September 28, 9pm
Time Slot Competition
: Women's Murder Club
, Friday Night Lights
, Nashville, WWE Friday Night Smackdown
: Alex O'Loughlin
, Jason Dohring, Shannyn Sossamon, Sophia Myles
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Sixty years ago, Mick St. John received a wedding gift from his wife that would alter his existence forever. Immortality. Now, in Moonlight
, Mick St. John is forced to work nights as a private investigator learning to live with the curse of vampirism. Played by relative newcomer Alex O'Loughlin
, St. John exists between the world of the vampires and the oblivious humans that he finds himself becoming more and more detached from.
St. John finds himself still in the company of his wife, although their relationship has changed. Not exactly pleased with his new lifestyle, St. John makes it his mission to make the night safe for humans while trying to learn more about his vampire heritage in his quest to find a cure.
A bold experiment for CBS, Moonlight
will join its aptly creepy lead in Ghost Whisperer
in the Friday night horror combo slot. Besides having what many consider to be an overused concept, Moonlight
has had some infamous behind the scenes struggles.
The show got an intense casting makeover when Angel
veteran David Greenwalt was brought in to ‘rescue' Moonlight
. Greenwalt himself bailed on the vampire drama several weeks later after extensive retuning citing personal health issues, which were never elaborated on. Rumors of a sinking ship have intensified since Chip Johannessen was brought on board to replace Greenwalt.
Johannessen has a solid genre pedigree, but is also a well known trouble shooter who attempted to save Surface
when it struggled into a back nine pick up last season. Literally every recurring cast member other than O'Loughlin has been replaced.
The concept of a human friendly detective type was previously explored in the late night TV success Forever Knight
, so the concept definitely does have a niche. The question is, has CBS overshot their own expectation for what should be a campy – and vampy – outing.
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- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV
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