MOONLIGHT Stars Confident of Renewal

Alex O'Loughlin & Sophia Myles have assured Moonlight fans that their recent efforts likely will earn the vampire show a second season.
Sophia Myles, who plays Internet journalist Beth Turner, the human love interest of vampire detective Mick St. John on the CBS series Moonlight, told SCI FI Wire's CINDY WHITE that a second-season pickup is practically a sure thing.

"I'd put pretty much all of the money I have in my bank account on the fact that we will get picked up," said the British thespian in an interview before appearing in a panel at Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors in Los Angeles on April 27. "I think that's largely to do with the amount of fan support and dedication. And we view them as part of the extended Moonlight family, and there wouldn't be a show without them."

First season production was interrupted by December's WGA Strike, resulting in the number of episodes being cut from 22 to 16 and giving rise to concerns over the show's future. In order to show their support, Moonlight fans began donating blood and mailing garlic to CBS executives.

Alex O'Loughlin, who plays Mick, told SCI FI Wire that the episodes leading up to the May 16th season finale will raise the stakes for all of the characters. "Mick, for the first time, has to start seriously thinking about his level of exposure in the public eye, because when a vampire gets too overexposed, they have to change cities, change names, do all that stuff. And so we start dealing with that sort of stuff with Mick, and Josef [Jason Dohring] gets in on it, which is really cool. And the case is awesome."

CBS will announce in May, at its advertiser upfront presentation in New York, whether or not Moonlight dodges the stake.

"If it doesn't get a second season, blood will flow," O'Loughlin warned Weekend of Horrors attendees. "I've got to say, though, I can't see it. We've still got the numbers there, and we're winning the timeslot, winning the demographic. And it's like, well, what else do you want? There it is. Give us a shot."

Myles offered a way to attract male viewers to the show, which has a predominantly female fan base: "If the gentlemen sit down with their wives and watch, then they might get lucky over the weekend. Hopefully, on that very night."

So, tune in, gents.

Co-starring Shannyn Sossamon, Moonlight airs Fridays at 9pm ET on CBS.
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