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Johannessen Replaces Greenwalt on CBS' "Moonlight"

One of the major stories that everyone was talking about last weekend at Comic-Con was the sudden and unexpected departure of David Greenwalt from CBS' new drama Moonlight, which has itself been massively retooled since May.

Upon running into anyone you knew, the first question posed to you was "did you hear about Greenwalt leaving Moonlight?"

While several names were discussed as possible replacements for the Angel co-creator, the one name that kept popping up time and time again was Chip Johannessen.

CBS has now confirmed that Johannessen has replaced Greenwalt, who left the Warner Bros Television-produced project about a certain private investigator with a penchant for drinking blood, due to what has been labeled "personal and health reasons."

Johannessen is best known as a consulting producer on James Cameron's short-lived FOX series Dark Angel and Millennium. But he's most familiar to most people for his work as a co-producer and executive story editor on Beverly Hills 90210 during the 1994-95 season. As a writer, he's also written episodes of Surface, Empire, 24, Dark Angel, The X-Files, and Millennium.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: Big Brother 8 (CBS); My Name is Earl/30 Rock (NBC); Smallville (CW); Ugly Betty (ABC); Don't Forget the Lyrics (FOX)

9 pm: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS); The Office/Scrubs (NBC); Supernatural (CW); Grey's Anatomy (ABC); So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)

10 pm: Without a Trace (CBS); ER (NBC); Men in Trees (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

8 pm: Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares on BBC America.

Missing a softer side of Chef Ramsay? Catch the third season of the original UK Kitchen Nightmares before FOX launches an American-scented one this fall. On tonight's installment ("Morgan's"), Gordon heads to Liverpool, where he attempts to save a failing restaurant--this time an intimate little jewel box--and its antiques dealer-turned restaurateur from financial ruin. Can Gordon shake some sense into these restaurateurs? Find out tonight.

8:30 pm: 30 Rock.

It's Televisionary's favorite new comedy from last season. On tonight's repeat installment ("The Head and the Hair"), BFFs Liz and Jenna try to get serious about their romantic lives but strangely find that they've switched their typical roles. I blame Jack Donaghy. Just because.

9 pm: The Office.

On tonight's repeat episode ("Business School"), it's time to relive the brilliance that was the guest direction by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon (a story broken in the media by yours truly). In this episode, Michael agrees to give a presentation at Ryan's business school, while back at the office, Dwight must deal with a bat that has gotten loose inside the Dunder-Mifflin offices.


Anonymous said…
It was bad enough they were ripping off Angel but then they had the sense to bring in Greenwalt. Now that he is gone, I don't really have much interest in the show. Even with Jason Dohring.
Anonymous said…
While I still have no interest in this show, I LOVE Chip J.

And don't forget - he also wrote the pilot "Ultraviolet," which was a vampire soap. So he's got some experience.
Anonymous said…
The original British Ultraviolet was brilliant but I doubt that Moonlight will come close to that or Angel as it seems plagued with problems. Whenever I see the term "retooling" pop up (as it has so many times with this show) I know the outlook does not look good.
Anonymous said…
Haven't seen the show but it seems more of a ripoff of Forever Knight.

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