Moonlight: If the Show Can Be Saved, Will O’Loughlin Want to Do It?

For Throwback Thursday – Some Moonlight history from way back in 2008.

Some of it reminded me of all the speculation about whether Alex will leave Hawaii Five-0 after this season.


Last week we reported that there was a possibility that the now-cancelled Moonlight series could find a new home on the CW.

by Trevor Kimball,

21 May 2008

Though CBS dropped it, the show was being pitched to Media Rights Capitol, the company who recently purchased CW’s Sunday night airtime. Though MRC quickly passed on the series for fall, there was still a possibility that it could pop up midseason. Unfortunately, MRC has now passed on that opportunity as well. Happily for the fans, the show’s chances for survival may not be dead just yet.

Word is that Warner Bros. Television (the studio that produces the series) is still trying to find another home for the vampire drama. They’re approaching cable networks like TNT but Moonlight’s budget is prohibitive for most potential cable buyers. To help reduce the production costs, Warners is also looking into finding a new and cheaper shooting location. Warner shows like Smallville and Supernatural already film in Canada.

Part of the budget problems is one of the show’s greatest assets — Alex O’Loughlin. Because of the actor’s exposure on the series, he’s now in high demand and will likely end up being signed to another weekly series if Moonlight doesn’t survive. His agent, Nathan Morris, tells, “He has got a whole raft of things to read through — a role like [Mick] has definitely opened plenty of doors. . . The key is to strike while the iron is hot. ”

It remains to be seen if O’Loughlin would be willing to take a pay cut so that Moonlight could move to a smaller cable channel. It would also mean possibly passing on other mainstream projects that might further his career.

Though the actor clearly enjoys vampire role, the CBS series has been a veritable rollercoaster ride. After being told of the series’ cancellation, O’Loughlin described his exhaustion due to the show’s turbulent freshman year. He wrote, “From the very beginning when I was told time and again that I wasn’t the man for the job, having to prove myself to everyone with tests and screen tests, to a complete re-casting of the show, through 5 different show runners at the helm with 5 different artistic visions, to a Writer’s strike that took 5 episodes away from us? oh how the list goes on.”

Soon after writing this, O’Loughlin and his girlfriend, Holly Vance (who guested as Lola on Moonlight), reportedly escaped L.A. for a two week vacation in Mexico.

Will a new home for the vampire series be found? Would the series’ male star still be on-board if that happens? Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page


Filed under Alex O´Loughlin, Interviews, Mick wants to kiss you gently with his fangs., Moonlight

10 responses to “Moonlight: If the Show Can Be Saved, Will O’Loughlin Want to Do It?

  1. Lol, yeah, sounds familiar.
    I am very optimistic about his time after 5-0, whenever that may be. He is a real friendmaker and he has real friends even inside the business. Pretty sure good things will follow.
    Totally OT here, but whatever I do (follow – unfollow – follow) I no longer get any notifications about posts or comments. I don’t have the problem with other wordpress sites. Does anyone else have this problem? I am scratching my head here.


  2. I remember all of this speculation at the time and it’s bittersweet. ML is where I discovered Alex and I will always love Mick! But even Alex said at the time that whatever happened, he could only play Mick for a limited amount of time saying, ‘Mick may not age, but I will,’ paraphrasing a line that Beth said to Mick on that roof! Of corse I would have loved more Mick, Beth & Josef – but it wasn’t meant to be. Who know if Alex would have gotten to play Stan, Dr. Andy or even McG if ML had continued. I’m happy and grateful we’ve gotten to see him in all of these roles and look forward to what will come after H5-0 ends, whenever that is.

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  3. Cassandra

    I don’t know about Moonlight! There would have to be some pretty explosive stuff happening for him to reup for the role I think. Moonlight would be sort of anticlimactic, after H50, even in the role of vampire. Nevertheless, I would watch him in whatever or wherever his next role takes him!😊


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