This post covers some of the events surrounding the cancellation of Moonlight back in May 2008
This as a small little newspaper article I found in my old files.
These days we rarely post pictures of Alex and his old girlfriends, but it was part of his life after all.
And he looked so differently sexy for me in these pictures with Holly, taken back in December 2006 in Austalia.
16 May 2008
Aussie actor Alex O’Loughlin dealt with the news that he was out of a job in the best possible way – he went on holiday to Mexico with his glamorous girlfriend, Holly Valance.
The pair left Los Angeles yesterday for a two-week getaway, following the axing of his US vampire show, Moonlight. Issues behind the scenes and flagging ratings were cited as possible reasons for the decision.
O’Loughlin’s agent, Nathan Morris of June Cann Management, is confident he will not be unemployed for long.
Morris said starring in a popular series such as Moonlight had put O’Loughlin in good stead for landing more high profile parts.
“He has got a raft of things to read through, a role like this has definitely opened plenty of doors,” he said. “The key is to strike while the iron is hot”.
And this was the media report of the cancellation then:
Moonlight Producers Confirm Cancellation
May. 13, 2008
This just might be the most depressing news yet coming out of the New York upfronts.
I’ve just received word from Gabrielle Stanton and Harry Werksman, bosses of Moonlight, that the series has been canceled.
They sent me this message to pass along to you fans:
It’s true. We found out about an hour ago that Moonlight has been officially canceled.
We are truly saddened by the news and are sorry that we won’t get the chance to live with our wonderful characters and follow them on their adventures for a second season.
We really want to thank all our loyal fans for their undying love and support of the show. We never would have made it this far without them.
In vampire solidarity…rah, rah!
Gabrielle Stanton & Harry Werksman
This series has one of the most dedicated, passionate audiences I’ve ever seen in the many years in this job. And to all of you I extend a heartfelt hug.
Feel free to group-hug it out and express your disappointment at CBS below…
Pictures of Alex at the TV Guide Sexiest Party on 1 May 2008
It always breaks my heart to read this message from Alex.
May 14, 2008
Family and Friends
Dear Friends, Family and wonderful, wonderful Fans of MOONLIGHT.
Well, where to start….?
The decision to cancel MOONLIGHT… my MOONLIGHT… our MOONLIGHT, is as much of a shock and gut wrenching surprise to me as it is to all of you.
Really, I don’t even know where to begin.
I sit here at my computer, still slack jawed even 24 hours after receiving the news that my services are no longer required on the set of this show. A show we have all come to know and love deeply, and it hurts more than I can possibly tell you.
Since i got THE CALL I have not read anything online or otherwise, I have not been following blogs or forums, I have not been reading the trades or opinion polls and I have not been calling around to get information.
“Why are you not fighting for your show?!” I hear you all scream!!
The truth is my friends, I never STOPPED fighting for it.
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.
But through all of that, i am proud to say that not once did I bow down and allow someone else to come in and do with MOONLIGHT as they please. And along the way, if I needed a break and wanted to do that, I don’t think I could have anyway because, well, I suppose it’s just not in my nature! 😉
This is all still so fresh for me and I am going to need a little time to process this whole thing before i can digest what has actually happened, let alone move on.
Honestly. I really feel lost for words.
I will say however, that never, never in my life have I experienced first hand a level of support from a group of people like that of you all who are reading this now, and who ‘loved this show to life’ alongside me. It has been overwhelming to say the least.
I am grateful to you all. I am extremely proud to be associated with this piece of television.
And I am so, so sorry to my very core, to lose MOONLIGHT.
All my love,
Alex O’Loughlin x