* Three Rivers is officially canceled. "We all know that when something is 'on hiatus' it's code for something else," Tassler cracked.
On "Three Rivers": Yes, it's officially canceled. "We've all known each other long enough to know that when something is on 'hiatus,' it's code for something else. Eight lives were saved because of organ donation awareness of that show." In the huddle, Tassler is asked about whether "Moonlight" might return and remarks that they were the first network on the scene with a vampire show (of course, CBS was also the first to cancel one). She doesn't expect a fan uprising over "Three Rivers" like there was over "Moonlight" and says they're trying to find a new show for star Alex O'Loughlin.
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Good news for Moonlight fans. Well, maybe.
CBS President Nina Tassler fessed up this morning to TV Critics at the start of the annual press tour that Three Rivers is canceled.
"Um, you know what? Yes," Tassler said when asked if Rivers is officially gone. "We've all known each other long enough to say that when something is 'on hiatus' it's really something else."
Aww, thanks, Neener! (Too soon?) So any chance that Moonlight might come back now that Three Rivers and Moonlight star Alex O'Loughlin is officially unemployed?
Tassler gave no hope, sorry, but she did defend O'Loughlin's star quality, so chances are he will show up on the CBS network again somewhere, somehow, fanged or not.Edited to add a couple more of interesting articles.
Confirming what we knew last month, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said Pittsburgh-set medical drama "Three Rivers" is good and truly dead.
"We've all known each other long enough to say that when something is 'on hiatus' it's code for something else," said CBS
Entertainment president Nina Tassler, confirming the show's cancellation.
As far as what went wrong, she acknowledged that it took the show too long to find its legs.
"Maybe we didn't give enough character early on, maybe that was too late," she said. "I also think Sunday night is a rough time to launch a new show. We have to assume some responsibility as far as programming it on Sunday night. I think it's worth having another conversation about strategy on Sunday nights, which we certainly will."
Tassler expressed a desire to remain in business with "Three Rivers" star Alex O'Loughlin, who previously headlined CBS's vampire drama "Moonlight." Tassler spoke of starting the vampire bandwagon that's gained momentum with "Twilight" and "True Blood."
"Who was out there first with vampires?" she exclaimed. Later, perhaps just as a way to mess with "Moonlight" fans, Tassler said she and "Moonlight" executive producer Joel Silver have recently had conversations about a possible revival.
"But we talk about a lot of things, really," she said, trying not to raise hopes. "The reality is we're in the middle of pilot season, we're about to pick up all our pilots, we're discussing our summer strategy, so it's only been discussed. That's the extent of it."
CBS Boss Weighs In On 'Moonlight's Possible Resurrection
Will CBS jump on the bloodsucking bandwagon and bring 'Moonlight' back to life?
Sources tell Fancast that one of the former vampire drama's producers and a few original cast members have been approached by CBS and producer Warner Bros. TV about making another go of it.
And really, who could blame CBS for now second-guessing its decision to snuff the series two years ago, given the success of the 'Twilight' movies, HBO's 'True Blood' and now The CW's 'Vampire Diaries'?
Fancast asked CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler about the latest buzz, and whether 'Moonlight 2.0′ could serve as a means to keep the very popular Alex O'Loughlin on the network's payroll.
"I just want to say one thing - who was out there first with vampires?" she at first responded. "Who was out there first?"
So…? Might Mick St. John resurface for another "bite"?
"['Moonlight' executive producer] Joel Silver and I were talking about it the other day - but we talk about a lot of things,' Tassler told us. Any possible 'Moonlight' rebirth would be a ways down the line, however, seeing as "we're about to pick up all of our [2010-11 season] pilots," Tassler stressed.
One way or another, CBS is determined to find a new project for Alex O'Loughlin, whose 'Three Rivers' has been canceled, Tassler confirmed on Saturday.
"We love [Alex] and want him to stay around for a long time," she said.
As for why the organ donation-themed medical drama failed to draw an adequate audience despite the Aussie actor's ardent and vocal following, she offered, "'Moonlight' was a much more [O'Loughlin]-centric show, whereas 'Three Rivers' was more of an ensemble." She then added, "Some shows find their legs earlier than others."