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14 July 2010 @ 09:42 pm
TV Meme Day 1  
Well I have seen this meme going around, and given what a TV addict I am I couldn't resist doing it myself when I finally had time! This is my first 30 day meme, let's see if I can keep up...

TV Meme:

Day 01 – A show that should never have been canceled.
Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching.
Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this TV season).
Day 04 – Your favorite show ever
Day 05 – A show you hate
Day 06 – Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 07 – Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 08 – A show everyone should watch
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A show that disappointed you
Day 12 – An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood show
Day 14 – Favorite male character
Day 15 – Favorite female character
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 – Favorite miniseries
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence
Day 19 – Best TV show cast
Day 21 – Favorite ship
Day 22 – Favorite series finale
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 – Best pilot episode
Day 28 – First TV show obsession
Day 29 – Current TV show obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death show cast

Day 1: A show that should never have been canceled:

While there have been several great shows I love that were canceled too soon (Firefly, Dollhouse, Tru Calling, etc), for me Moonlight takes the cake, especially since it should not have been canceled both for content/quality AND practicality reasons. Because while it wasn’t a ratings heavy hitter to be sure, 5-7 million at least every week on a Friday night is pretty damn good (even if not good enough for stupid CBS), and it was winning among the coveted 18-49 demo every week in its timeslot (what more do you want?!). CBS said they wanted more women viewers, and it was a show that definitely attracted that. It had won a People’s Choice Award for best new show (which is why CBS hosting the PCA this past year angered me so much, since they themselves think so little of it!).

After the writer’s strike (which screwed with viewing for ALL shows), it only lost 2% viewing audience, as opposed to say 15% or more for many other shows. This, the PCA win and the steady ratings all indicate just what a loyal viewing base the show had, which no doubt would have been expanded in the future given a little time. It was also a show about vampires, when the Great Vampire Craze had already begun, which CBS could have capitalized on (which is why it irritates me when articles or whatever act like it just missed the Craze—it didn’t, CBS just didn’t care!)—considering the popularity of shows like True Blood and Vampire Diaries, and the release of the Twilight movies, more people probably would have checked out CBS’s current vampire show, had it been marketed right over the summer.

Considering all of these factors, and the fact that Joel Silver and others remained so positive about the shows chances (telling the actors not to look for new work for the next year), the cancellation also came as a big and horrible shock to me an many other fans. With Moonlight, I actually actively campaigned to save the show, writing and mailing out a bunch of postcards, calling constantly (NBC and CW are still in my contacts list on my phone from this time, lol), making posts about ways to help to spread awareness, sending emails and feedback messages on websites, contributing a little money for ads, etc. For weeks the efforts to save Moonlight occupied my thoughts constantly.

Then there is the quality of the show itself, which was so excellent by the end. Yes, it had a slow start, and I still can barely make it through the pilot, it’s so bad (when I show ML to friends I never begin with the pilot!). But things soon picked up, making for quite an exciting and intriguing storyline that was then cut short. With a unique and fascinating universe (I loved the secret vampire society akin to say the Wizarding World), a wonderful cast of characters (especially Josef, but also including more minor characters like the vampire who works at the morgue, or Logan the basement geek vampire), fantastic music (in part written by the wonderfully talented Trevor Morris), an interesting story, and great writing, this show was so enjoyable, and had SO much potential—it had only barely started getting into the swing of things, when it got canceled.

For a while it emotionally pained me just to think of Moonlight, knowing that lost potential, what the show could have been, that my favorite show was now off the air already. Especially when you look at the plans for what would have happened next season, which involved for instance Josef and Mick having to flee to NYC (and be roommates perhaps? Lol), it’s clear the writers had far from run out of fresh and interesting ideas, and it’s just such a shame that they could never play these ideas out. Last summer I watched the whole series twice within a month with two different friends (who both loved it btw), and I still loved it both times, not tiring of it at all!

So in short, this TV show should never have been canceled, and its cancellation definitely hit me harder than most! :( I actually gave up tickets to see “Jersey Boys” to stay home and watch the finale, once I realized it’d probably be the last live ML epp I’d ever see, and I don’t regret this decision for a minute. And I still hate and boycott CBS to this day for it…
Current Mood: depresseddepressed
Current Music: "Saving Josh" by Trevor Morris
Steph: Sam Sadvengefulspirit on July 15th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
Oh Moonlight, how I miss you ;___; I loved/love that show soooo much. I will ALWAYS say that if CBS had just given it one more season it would've taken off. I just know Moonlight would've gotten a huge audience if they'd given it another shot.

I, too, actively campaigned for it SO hard and so I was just so disappointed when it got cancelled. I was so angry and I'm still pretty upset about it.

This show introduced me to Alex O' Loughlin who is a fantastic actor and I feel so bad for him that not only Moonlight got cancelled but then his next CBS series, Three Rivers got cancelled (and I admit, that show was horrible but HE wasn't, it was just the writing). I really hope that this remake of Hawaii Five-O makes it just because I want him to finally land something that lasts. He deserves it.
sherrilina: Mick/Beth (Moonlight)sherrilina on July 15th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, especially with True Blood out, and the Twilight movie, I think that ML would definitely have picked up more viewers, especially with more publicity and word of mouth--these things take time, X-Files didn't get high ratings its first season either, etc. And then when you look at the total ratings bomb they replaced it with that did much worse, CBS just comes off as very idiotic...

And yeah, poor O'Laughlin, I hope his new show is more successful as well, though more than that I hope he can change soon to a network that will actually appreciate his talent...

This post makes me want to marathon through the show yet again......
Forgotten memories: Merlin • Morgana • Burnblue_emotion on July 15th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
I adored Moonlight, it was an awesome show and I still can't believe it was cancelled :(
sherrilina: Arthur/Morgana 3 (Merlin)sherrilina on July 15th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Aw, I didn't know you watched/loved it as well! :( It is still hard to believe, and still so unfair, especially given all the bad shows on that deserve to be canceled so much more...