Trouble for Vegas, Moonlight?

When the writers' strike ended a few weeks ago, Hollywood finally let out a collective sigh knowing that it could stop lying around the house and get back to work.

Well, most thought they would get back to work.

One bit of bad news about the lifting of the strike is that studio executives also went back to work--and part of their jobs is to cancel television shows. All eyes are on the mighty axe, which has apparently already been brought down on a few programs behind closed doors.

Yesterday saw reports of NBC's Bionic Woman being shut down for good, and today it looks like another NBC program will join it. Las Vegas, which concluded its fifth season less than a week ago, has been canceled, according to TVGuide.com. As is the case with Bionic Woman, NBC has yet to confirm the cancellation.

Las Vegas was a prime example of a "bubble show"--a program with chances of survival hovering around 50 percent. Other shows considered to be "on the bubble" include CBS's Cane and The Unit, NBC's Friday Night Lights, and Fox's Prison Break.

Speaking of bubble shows, CBS's Moonlight can also be thrown into that category, and it appears as though its bubble may have taken one step closer to bursting. In an unusual bit of timing, showrunner Chip Johannessen has been fired from the vampire drama, says TVGuide--not long after CBS ordered four more episodes of the new show for this season.

With these mixed messages, fans of the show can take both bits of news however they want to. On one hand, letting Johannessen go from the show can be interpreted as a holy-water cocktail for the undead show. On the other hand, why on Earth would CBS order four more episodes if it was only going to cancel it a few months later?

The show has undergone several changes and survived them all...so far. In addition to an early casting overhaul, the previous showrunner, David Greenwalt, left the project last July for health reasons, at which point Johannessen stepped in. But even with a few switch-a-roos at the top of the chain, several core members of the show remain. Moonlight was created by Ron Koslow and Trevor Munson, who (as far as we know) are still on board the series.

Perhaps the show is almost as immortal as its lead character? Moonlight fans, keep your fingers crossed (just not in the shape of a cross).

Moonlight returns to CBS for four all-new episodes beginning April 11. For more on the show, check out TV.com's previous coverage or check out what star Sophia Myles recently had to say about her role on the program.

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Moonlite is far better than the other current vampire series
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I never used to watch any television on Friday nights, but I fell in love with Moonlight. It is unique in the way the characters are so fleshed out and have such great chemistry together. This year has been crazy with that pesky writers' strike hiatus just at the time when people were looking for something to watch. Clearly this has been a quality production, but suffered from too short a first season run. Believe it or not, there are some households that absolutely abhor reality shows, game shows and shallow comedy series. Moonlight is a classy, fresh drama that has quite a loyal following, even if it isn't obvious in the Nielsen ratings.
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for many years ive watched shows i loved being called due to the neilson ratings...ratings that should be tossed out because they really do not represent the viewing public in this country... i love the show moonlight and have loved it from the very first episode. i think its pathetic that the networks pay so much more attention the the unrealistic ratings provided by neilson households and take it as gospel that they represent every tv viewing household in this country when they actually dont. witness...peoples choice awards show earlier this year..did we not see moonlight win their category? oh ya and i was one of those who cast the vote for that show. in all my tv viewing years i have never fallen so completely in love with a show as i have with moonlight. you care about the characters and their problems and i know that for me...at the end of each episode im moved to tears because i care so much about the charcaters..especially mick st john and his feelings for beth. oh sure.. i know its fiction pure and simple, but i also know that if a program, a book, a movie..whatever form of entertainment it is...if it does not move you in some way..it will not succeed and too many executives at varying studios and networks have lost sight of that fact. once upon a time..networks used to take chances...shows intially had a 13 episode run and if they didnt make the grade they got canned...and they used to make excpetions to even that rule..for instance..MASH didnt do so hot in its first season byt they gave it another chance and that show went on and was on for a total of 11 years. networks dont do that kind of thing anymore. they cancel a show after a few episodes if neilson speaks against it...and for some struggling to find an audience..they move around the time slots..which in turn makes it even more difficult to find a real audience for a particular show that if left in one timeslot on a specific night without moving it around...could very well find an audience and become a hit. i just know that i love the show moonlight, as do a good many people who dont get to be heard because they are not in a neilson household. i think the neilson ratings need to go away..they have become way too obsolete especially given the internet age..snd moonlight needs to stay on the air and given a real shot at success..because i know it can be a bigger hit than they are giving it credit for.
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Moonlight is a wonderful show; not everyone loves it, but no show is loved by all. Moonlight is clearly a popular and well-loved show. Any talk of 'bubble' status is more due to internal turmoil than to concern over it's following at this point. One certainly hopes they resolve the problems and continue to develop this entertaining and high-potential show.
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This is currently my favorite show. I do fully enjoy Lost, Prison Break and Bones as well, but I really found this show to be the one I couldn't wait to see next week. It's had some good plots and intriguing characters so far. The 2 main characters, of course, are the draw. Alex O'Loughlin is my new favorite leading man. Friday's are now barren and desolute! I can guarantee you CBS execs that I won't be watching Price is Right in its place! I don't even watch Ghost Whisperer anymore, which I did when Moonlight came after it. Bring it back! We'll watch it, and even watch the commercials...well the good ones anyway.
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PLEASE please don't cancel Moonlight. I only got into it this week but already I'm absolutely loving it, it's a great show, and they should give it a chance. You can't cancel it. It's now one of my favourite shows.
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I like almost anything Vamp related!!!!!! I have since I was very little I have just been drawn to it like a moth to light.
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Moonlight became one of my favorite shows in a bery small period of time. I think it can get to be one of the best shows. Don' cancel it!!!
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I fell in love with Moonlight. Its different!!
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what the heck is going on here. why is it that they keep getting rid of all the good shows. dont they understand that the people will just stop watching and then what happends. las vegas i love the show and we need to see what happens with the baby!!!!! and as for MOONLITE the show just won a freaken awawrd so that should mean something like ohh i dont know umm hmm what could it be oh maybe that it is a good show that the CBS is obovisly a dumb network. frist jericho which thankfully i wastn the only one who loved that show and now they treaten moonlite the show that gave the network a award for best new drama HELLO!!!!!!
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On the CBS website it says that its going to returns April 25 and they also have a countdown for it. So i don't think its canceled.
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Moonlight is awsome!!
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really, first The 4400, then Big Shots, then again, Jericho, and who knows how many others, and now even Moonlight. Please leave my poor vampire alone !!!
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PLEASE, PLEASE bring back MOONLIGHT! I usually hate sci fi and vampire stuff, but this show is so well done and Alex O'Laughlin is wonderful in the role. We changed our regular "go-to-the-movies" night from Friday to Saturday so we could watch Moonlight and then it disappeared from tv!!! I hope the 4 new episodes in April will only be the beginning of a long run. And it may surprise you to know that this fan is a great grandmother!

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Save moonlight please. Its a great show...
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Don´t Touch Moonlight!!
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I didnt really care for both shows. no big loss.
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Nooo! Nooo! Nooo! Las vegas and Moonlight are such good shows.



Please dont throw them away!
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I cant believe they are going to end las vegas for good with that cliffhanger. For once I wish they would just give us like 2 episodes the finishes the series in a neatly tied bow.
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If they cancelled Las Vegas last year I would have said about time. But with the addition of Tom Selleck the show has taken on a new life. Much funnier with a light heartedness that's charming. NBC should be ashamed for burying this gem at 10pm on Friday Nights during a strike!
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It'll be a travesty if Moonlight is cancelled.
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Friday nights are the least like night to watch tv as well as Saturday nights!
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Without James Caan aka BIG ED the show is a dud
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las vegas is a sick show, but it was much better with james cann in it
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I so hope Moonlight gets renewed as its a brilliant show. GO Moonlight.
Go to CBS' website at the usual time Moonlight would be on and stream Moonlight episodes as CBS takes notice and will realise that people do love the show.
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Moonlight is awsome!! I love story's about vampires and I think they do a great job making it interesting and I hope the show will stick around for a while :D
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NOOOOO... I love moonlight, me and my best friend watch it together... well kind of, she's in Portugal and I'm in England, but through webchat, we watch it at the same time, and do our normal comments... like,ooohhh, no, what an ass, cool, etc... now what??? Shows like moonlight bring us together, make us miss each other a little less. Don't cancel Moonlight... please!!
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Moonlight blows! cancell it! i cant believe i spent time watching that retarded show! CBS, if you were smart, you would cancel it.
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the unit better not have its bubble burst!
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Moonlight is an amazing show, I hope it will stick around!
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I really think CBS should keep Moonlight. It’s interesting, it has won an award that proves that it has loyal fans, and the cast is great. I’m sure it has a lot to grow. I thought I wouldn’t like Moonlight because I love Blood Ties, and I thought there wouldn’t be two good vampire shows at the same time, but now I love them both. Some people don’t like Moonlight because of its untraditional mythology (Mick is a vampire who walks under the sun, for example) and so what? It’s a modern show! I think they are trying to make something different. I respect the other fans, but in my opinion Buffy was a silly show. Angel was interesting, but I don’t think all those demons and strange creatures are part of the traditional mythology! I’d love to see Moonlight and Blood Ties coming back for a new season.
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I am sick of all of the reality shows. Every time I find a show I like, you guys cancel it so you can put on another damn reality show. Please do not cancel Las Vegas or the Unit. They are both great shows and my family and I love to watch them. If you even think about canceling lost, I will hunt you down.
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I love Moonlight, if it's cancelled I will seriously be upset.



Cane is a decent show and I thought it would only last one season. The Unit is an excellent show, and I don't see why it would be cancelled. Prison Break should just find an end point, but not be cancelled. The Prison has been broken out of, but the show should still go on until it finds a good place to end.
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If they replace Moonlight with some craptacular new reality show I am going to scream. I don't really watch any of the others they are talking about nixing but I live for my Friday nights curled up on the sofa with Ghost Whisperer and Moonlight. It won the freaking People's Choice Award for the love of it all! That should count for something...
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No Please not Las Vegas, maybe last season I thought it was over but I really enjoyed this season and would like to see where the stories and characters go.
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I really hope they do not cancel Las Vegas it is one of my favorite shows to watch. All I have to say is keep it!
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I was surprised Vegas lasted 5 years; as almost every episode had the same plot.

NBC cannot revive the 70's and 80's (even though it is cheap for them to do so.) Moonlight's problem was that it really isn't a vampire show, it is a police show.
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MOONLIGHT !!! NOOOOOOOOO WE LOVES THAT SHOW!!!!

PLEEZ CBS DON"T BE S-T-U-P-I-D!!!!!!!!!
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Moonlight is such a great show!!!! Please save it... it is one of my favorite shows since I love vampire shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and stuff! Please save it!
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Save Moonlight!!!!
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Love Moonlight. How can it be saved?
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Las Vegas is not the same without James Caan
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Oh, I can only hope they cancel Moonlight, I'm already pissed enough that I gave it three episodes of my life to try and impress me. The show totally blowed.



Buffy/Angel has had the only good vampire mythology I've ever seen.
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Finally! Las Vegas went 3 seasons too many. I have to admit I liked the 1st and most of the 2nd season, but went sharply downhill, starting with that over collagen injected whats-her-name bimbo. You know, the one who sky dived off the top of the montecito because of the baggy arms on her outfit! I lost all respect for that show that day - what was left anyway.
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I don't understand how these execs make their decisions! Moonlight won an award already! That should count for something. Everyone I know that has watched one episode of Moonlight is hooked. I'm tired of the forensic and CSI based shows. How many clones can there be!
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They better keep moonlight!!! I love that show, and Alex O'loughin is sooooooo hott!!!!!! :P:D
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i was really hoping Vegas wouldn't be cancelled but its not as though they left any storylines open and the finale was done well, even if it weren't meant to be its last. i hope moonlight will make it through as well.
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Why is it that fans of blood ties feel the need to put down Moonlight as if the two shows are competing against one another. it's so stupid. I'm a fan of both. It's okay to like both. There's no need to be rabid. I hope they don't cancel Moonlight and I hope they bring back Blood Ties.
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I hope they don't cancel MOONLIGHT. I love that show. We cant lose both MOONLIGHT and BLOOD TIES. It's one of the few good shows on tv.
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Actually I'm not surprised at all, the shows need to be shaken up, if they want to keep up with superb programming from SHOWTIME, HBO, F/X, and such. To me it's no surprise watch the Emmys and see what wins 90% of the awards go to non-ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX networks. Change is needed.
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