Picks and Pans Review: Moonlight

updated 11/05/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/05/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS, Fridays, 9 p.m. ET

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If you're going to have a vampire working as a private eye in sun-blanched Los Angeles, you'll have to adjust the rules. And so Mick St. John (Alex O'Loughlin) doesn't instantly incinerate if he steps outside wearing anything less than SPF 4500. And his image can be captured on-camera—if it's digital. Mick, member of a self-regulating society of several hundred vampires in L.A., gets his share of nutrition from blood banks and uses his heightened senses to protect regular humans from—well, bad vampires, stuff like that. O'Loughlin gives a nice, streamlined performance as the vampire, and the show is visually playful with its noir chic. (You don't expect to see vampires talking with Frank Gehry's Disney Concert Hall in the background, for instance.) And Sophia Myles, as a Lois Lane-like reporter, looks like Kate Winslet in a don't-mess-with-me mood.

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