Ilana's "V" site recently posted a candid interview with David Packer, who played Daniel Bernstein in the two "V" miniseries. Among the many things discussed was David's reason for leaving the franchise with The Final Battle. "I decided I didn't want to be under contract for a long period of time, because the network usually makes a decision in early May regarding which shows to pick up. Everybody else's contract, which they negotiated a little later, went until the end of the year. Since the original miniseries went on in early May and the numbers were really good, theoretically the network should have given the 'go' [for a series] but they were concerned about the cost. Based on the opening excitement of 'V', that was the right time to do it; it creates momentum. So by May 5th, the network's job is to get the affiliates enthusiastic, which they were. These were the highest ratings that NBC had gotten for a non-sporting event in years. But the show was very expensive and they decided to wait. At the last second, they took "V' off the fall schedule. Assuming they had until the end of the year to make the decision, because everyone was under contract, they later made the decision to try a second pilot, which turned out to be 'V': The Final Battle and discovered that I was no longer under contract.