Moonlight may shine on

CBS obviously knows when it doesn't want to keep a show around any longer... just ask the crew that worked on Viva Laughlin. The singing-and-dancing drama was canceled today, only four days after it debuted.

With that information in mind, fans of Moonlight should be doing cartwheels. E! Online is reporting that CBS has ordered four more scripts of the new drama, a good sign that the show has performed up to CBS's standards. The next step for more Moonlight would be a full-season order.

This year, however, script orders may be more a preventive measure than a sign of a full-season pickup. A looming Hollywood writers' strike set for November has executives scrambling to fill up blank pages and stock up on scripts.

Moonlight stars Alex O'Loughlin as Mick St. John, a private investigator in Los Angeles who also happens to be a vampire. In addition to checking out cases (some of which involve other bloodsuckers), Mick must also deal with his romantic complications courtesy of a news reporter (Sophia Myles) and the one who made him undead (Shannon Sossamon).

Other shows that have been asked for more scripts include NBC's Bionic Woman, Life, Journeyman, and Chuck, CBS's Cane, and The CW's Aliens in America. Interestingly enough, none of those shows have received a full-season order yet.

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