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New show: The vampire from 'Moonlight' is not Bon Scott's son

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2007 5:27 AM by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
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You know those wonderful celebrity rumors that get halfway around the Internet before the truth has time to put its boots on? You can list them as easily as I can. You can list them as easily as I can. Humphrey Bogart was the Gerber baby. (He wasn't.) Clint Eastwood is the son of Stan Laurel. (Nope, and he's not Oliver Hardy's son, either.) Marilyn Monroe had six toes on each foot. (She...WHAT?)

Another of those rumors has surfaced recently: Google "Bon Scott" and "Alex O'Laughlin" and you'll find numerous pages claiming that actor O'Loughlin is the son of the late AC/DC frontman, who died in 1980. (Whether or not he died from choking on his own vomit, as is often reported, may be another celebrity rumor.)

O'Loughlin set the rumor straight at Wednesday's panel on his new CBS vampire detective show, "Moonlight." Said O'Loughlin "My father is a teacher in Sydney. He teaches physics and astronomy at a private boys' school in Sydney." As a rock fan, O'Loughlin said he originally thought the rumor was pretty funny, but his mother disagreed. "My mom called me and she was very upset and that sort of thing," he said. "Publicly, you know, labeled a groupie and therefore a hussy and a harlot, which isn't true at all. My mom is a very wonderful woman and very respectable. And so I suppose it's probably a good time to say since he's passed on and he can't speak the truth I should speak for Bon and say that I'm pretty sure he's not my dad."

MORE ON 'MOONLIGHT'
--The show has been extensively, uh, revamped (pardon the vampire pun), which is seldom a good sign in TV. Critics have yet to see a full pilot, just scenes. Essentially, O'Loughlin plays a man who was unwillingly turned into a vampire decades ago by his wife; he now works as a private investigator who isn't unwilling to take out a predator if he feels it's deserved.

--The show has good vampire bloodlines, however (sorry, again). Newly added showrunned David Greenwalt was a co-creator of "Angel," and co-star Sophia Myles had a role in "Underworld" and also played Lucy in a BBC version of "Dracula."

--Vampire mythology as you know it from a million pop-culture sources may not always play in "Moonlight." While O'Loughlin's character is no fan of daylight, he's fine with garlic, crosses, holy water, and other parts of the vampire legend. And a stake through the heart does not kill these vamps, though it does paralyze them.

--Random tidbit that doesn't really have anything to do with the show, but is fun trivia: Executive producer Joel Silver has a lengthy list of productions to his credit, but as a high-school student in New Jersey in 1968, he also helped invent Ultimate Frisbee.

GAEL'S GRADE: A full pilot of this show is supposedly being shot now, so I'll have to reserve judgment.

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No, Humphrey Bogart wasn't the Gerber Baby.  Jane Seymour was.
This show seems like a total rip-off of "Angel."  I wish we could just have that show back, instead of some imitation.
Angel?  Puhleeze.  Remember Forever Knight or even Dark Shadows?  Well, just dated myself, then.
Glad to see a new entry in the tv vamp-scape.  (Along with Blood Ties on Lifetime and True Blood on HBO.  My!  What next?  Genies with mortal husbands?)


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