I've been a fan of yours ever since I saw you in that absolutely brilliant episode of Doctor Who ("The Girl in the Fireplace"), when you appeared as the headstrong and lovelorn Madame de Pompadour. You've appeared in other productions high up on my radar, like Extras, Masterpiece Theatre's adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Underworld: Evolution, Art School Confidential, and Tristan and Isolde.
So what are you doing slumming it in CBS's fall drama Moonlight (formerly known as Twilight)?
I'm sure your agent at ICM sold you on the fact that it's a starring role on a network series (the Tiffany Network, no less) and played up the fact that they brought in Angel co-creator David Greenwalt to punch things up. But come on now, Soph. Did you see that abysmal pilot presentation they shot with Alex O'Loughlin and The OC's Shannon Lucio (who you are replacing)?
Now, let's be honest: you're definitely more of a leading lady and much more of a serious actress than Lucio, who imbued "beautiful, ambitious" investigative reporter Beth Turner with a blasé MySpace generation mentality, but I was really hoping for more from you than appearing in a third-rate Angel/Forever Knight rip-off.
I'd urge you to reconsider, but we all know that the clock is already ticking for Moonlight, the odd man out in terms of the CBS fall schedule. Tick tock...
Jace at Televisionary
* * *
Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionaryblog.com.