The cast of Moonlight at the Paley Center for Media on, 22 April 2008.
In this post, we have some of the articles written about the event and a short video taken at the event.
Maybe there are still some of the long time fans around, who can tell us more of what happened that day.
Alex interacting with some fans at the event.
(Unfortunately, we do not know who took these pictures that day)
Reading all these articles and comments, it is really sad the see how hopeful and sure everybody was that the show would be renewed…..
Cast Interviews at the Paley Center
The vampiric cast, together with the Red Cross, sucks the life out of the audience.
By Laura Burrows
CBS is hoping that they don’t have another Jericho on their hands, Joel Silver is praying that his People’s Choice Award winner will make it to season two and the hundreds of adoring fans that gave blood in support of the show at the Paley Center on April 22 are hoping that their vacant veins have not gone to waste. The Paley Center hosted the cast of Moonlighton April 22 and had a Q and A session prior to the pre-screening of the show’s 13th episode “Fated to Pretend” which will air as the potentially fourth from last episode on April 25. CBS has recently been on the fringe of cancelling the show, but a creative genius on the team decided that a public demonstration where ‘sweat, tears and especially blood’ would be helpful in convincing the CBS execs to come back to ‘the dark side.’ Some how the show’s producers got the Paley Center to agree to hold a blood drive through the Red Cross in order to both ‘feed the vampires and keep them employed.’ In the Q and A, the cast discussed their characters and the plots of the last four episodes, but the question on every single one of those tear-drenched female minds in the audience was “what am I going to do with myself on Friday nights if Moonlight is cancelled?” It was obvious to the maitre d’ of the night, E! Entertainment’s Kristin Dos Santos, that the swooning women were less interested in hearing what the cast had to say about their personal lives, and more curious as to when lead vampire ‘Mick St. John,’ (Alex O’Loughlin) would have his shirt off. In a ‘red carpet’ interview with IGN TV, the man behind the vamp-craze, O’Loughlin, said that even he was not sure of the fate of the show and that it would take the blood of many a swooning female to keep the show on the air. Pretty British co-star Sophia Myles, who plays Beth Turner on the show, did not share his sentiments; she said that she was confident in the show’s return, that it is “a slam dunk.” Although we did not get verbal confirmation from the show’s executive producer, Joel Silver, that it would be coming back, he did have quite a few things to say about the final four episodes of the first season.“I have the most amazing team of writers working on this,”Silver said. “I also like to keep my actors close, so I already have this one (pointing to O’Loughlin) working on one of my films, and as you know, I’ve got Logan with me, over from Veronica Mars, so I keep the good ones busy.” The film that Silver was referring to is White Out, based on a 1999 graphic novel of the same name by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber.O’Loughlin stars in the film with Kate Beckinsale, the thriller is still in production, but is set for release in October ’08. Other ‘Silver stars’ include Eric Winter and Brian J. White.Eric is best known for his role on Brothers and Sisters and White, although still green to TV, has two movies coming out this summer. While at the Q and A, we got to see the whole of the 13th episode, which will run April 25, and producer/writer Rod Holcomb gave some solid insight into the possibilities that are ‘in the air’ for season two. The most chilling bit of insight came from vampire Josef Konstantin actor Jason Dohring, who said that his ‘sleeping beauty’ was not likely to ever awaken.“Well we didn’t put her through an audition as an actor,”Dohring said. “She just had to lie there, comatose, so I don’t I know if the poor girl can even act.” Other tidbits about the last four episodes that we could wrangle out of the cast include: there is a death in the episodes that leads to Beth quitting her job at Live Wire and starting up a new career. Beth also encounters a new leading male, enter Eric Winter, who serves as a foil to O’Loughlin’s vamp.“You are going to hate me in the beginning,” Winter said. “But by next season you are going to love my character, deep down every fan wants a wrench to be thrown into the mix.” There is no official verdict on the return of the vampire drama as of yet, but the cast and executive producer are confident that the outpouring of support at the Paley Center was incredibly beneficial for the show. The cast even took time to applaud those audience members that gave their blood in support of the show, that is was dedication like that that won the show a People’s Choice Award and will hopefully keep the show alive.
Transcript of a short video
[Audience cheering and clapping]
Alex: Thank you very much. It’s very thoughtful. And I’ll read this later. [Jokingly] In private.
Alex: [To the person taking the gifts] Thank you so much.
[To the audience member] I forgot. Did you ask me a question? I’m a little like…
Question: What’s your favourite episode?
Alex: You know, I get asked this a lot. And I’ve got to say. Oh god, you put me … [agonising over the answer]
There’s something about every episode, that I love. You know, otherwise, I don’t know what I’d do.
But there’s something about all of them, that I love. And I think I have … there are sort of like a chronology of scenes from the beginning to where we are now, that have kept me … that have been big sort of leaps …. leap stones for me. Does that make sense?
You know … like I really like. I think the scene in … I think this …. like the whole scene with Coraline and Mick in Number 1 with the kid, is just like. Not …..Like I thought it was so great, the way it was shot. And the way …. the music choices and everything about it. And that little girl and the last look that the kid gives, you know.
Like at the end of Number 2, when he is drinking the blood and stuff.
I’m sort of like …. a lot of time in the performance, I am a little bit separated from myself. I don’t know exactly what happens in that tunnel between action and cut.
And it’s … it doesn’t happen with every character I play, but it does happen with Mick St John.
I really sort of … I’m… I Alex a not … I’m …. We have similar, you know …. We have similar points, but we are very, very different. And …..
Link to Video:
Another article about the event – summarising all the subjects that were discussed on the day
MOONLIGHT AND VAMPIRES:
One in this series of seminars conducted by The Paley Center for Media which celebrate media as entertainment. Held at the Paley Center in Los Angeles, and moderated by Kristin Dos Santos, E! Entertainment reporter, this seminar celebrates “Moonlight,” a supernatural drama about an eighty-five-year-old vampire in present-day Los Angeles who, appearing to be thirty, uses his waking hours to work as a private investigator. Barbara Dixon, director of The Paley Center in Los Angeles, offers opening comments before bringing Dos Santos to the stage.
After telling about the show’s background, Dos Santos introduces the panellists:
- executive producers Harry Werksman, Gabrielle Stanton, and Joel Silver;
- and cast members Brian J. White (Carl Davis); Jason Dohring (Josef Konstantin); Eric Winter (Benjamin Talbot); Sophia Myles (Beth Turner); and Alex O’Loughlin (Mick St. John).
- Cast member Shannyn Sossamon (Coraline Duvall) was scheduled to appear but was unable to attend.
Panellists touch on such topics as:
- the efforts by ardent fans to save the show and secure a second season; when producers realized that the show had “struck a nerve” with audiences;
- the element of the program which convinced CBS that the show would be a hit;
- why all the major actors but O’Loughlin were recast before the pilot was taped;
- how O’Loughlin’s Australian origins and Myles’s British origins made them “instant mates” on set;
- the ways in which producers made the show evolve to “get the right vibe”;
- the appeal of stories with unrequited love;
- future plot developments;
- and clues which have been inserted in scripts regarding potential storylines.
Questions from the audience then lead to a discussion of the following topics:
- why the show hasn’t been more heavily publicized;
- if cast members were initially put off by the prospect of another vampire story;
- actors’ favorite scenes from the show;
- the measures taken to achieve the program’s unique look;
- and why O’Loughlin feels unusually protective of the series.
Finally, Silver introduces the “Moonlight” episode “Fated to Pretend,” which is screened in its entirety.
Thank you to Mary, from the old closed down site Adoring AOL.org, who shared some of these pictures with us, many years ago.