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And now for something completely different: A TV comedy that’s a little bit Disney romance and a whole lot Mel-Brooks-meets-Monty-Python reverie — all set to rollicking music by Disney’s celebrated song guy, Alan Menken. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Galavant, a four-week, star-studded musical hoot featuring Psych’s Timothy Omundson as King Richard and Joshua Sasse (Rogue) as the titular knight Galavant — a duo locked in tuneful, comical battle for the love of Madalena (Mallory Jansen), the savvy beauty who owns both their hearts. Or their hormones, at any rate. “A friend of mine said it’s a bit like The Princess … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
"They finally figured it out -- keep me in a strait jacket and I'll be fine," Stamos joked in his suit of armor costume.
News: John Stamos Was Sick of Being Uncle Jesse
The series is part fairytale, part Broadway musical that follows a dashing hero, Galavant (Joshua Sasse), who loses the love of his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), to the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson) and must take revenge to restore his "happily ever after." Stamos guest stars as Galavant's rival, Sir Jean Hamm.
As is the case with most fairytales brought to screen, the roles required the actors to break out their best English accents.
Galavant, are you ready to rock?!
Bach’s song will be heard in Episode 2, which airs in the second half-hour of the series’ premiere on Jan. 4 at 8/7c. The tune, featuring Bach’s vocals, will play during a sequence in which Galavant (played by Rogue‘s Joshua Sasse) trains to joust Sir Jean Hamm (guest star John Stamos, Full House).
The eight-episode series, which will air back-to-back episodes for four Sundays, »
A fan-favorite character is returning to Supernatural and we couldn't be more pumped about it. Later this season, fans will finally get to see the long-awaited return of Cain! Played by Psych alum Tim Omundson (who will be seen next on ABC's musical comedy Galavant), Cain—of the biblical story of Cain and Abel—was first introduced to the CW show last season in the episode, "First Born." Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Crowley (Mark Sheppard) tracked down the legendary killer when they were searching for the First Blade in order to kill Abaddon (Alaina Huffman). They more than succeeded in their mission in offing the Knight of Hell, but only because Cain passed off his Mark to Dean, »
ABC’s winter schedule is already starting to heat up.
Related ABC Fall Finale Dates Revealed: Grey’s, Once, Scandal, Nashville and More
Set in 1946, the eight-episode Agent Carter finds the titular Peggy (played by Hayley Atwell) juggling admin work for the Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve) with secret missions for Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, reprising his Captain America role).
ABC has announced premiere dates for its Captain America TV series spin-off Marvel's Agent Carter and new musical dramedy Galavant. Both will premiere the first week of the new year, with Galavant hitting on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. and Agent Carter arriving on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. The dramas will fill the Once Upon a Time and Marvel's Agents of Shield spots, respectively. The hiatus-filling scheduling is designed so that ABC will run fewer repeats during the season and more original epiosdes. Once Upon will return March 1 and Shield will return on March 3. Here's the trailer for Galavant and teaser for Agent Carter, »
- James Hibberd
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Galavant" (ABC - Midseason) The Pitch: "It's 'Shrek' only live-action and without Shrek and without the magic, so maybe not that much like 'Shrek' at all." Quick Response: I'd like to think of the 22 minute pilot for "Galavant" as a poorly formed proof-of-concept and I wish ABC would now scrap everything but the songs and some of the cast and start again, probably with a different narrative and a different running time and probably some different actors and whatnot. Because I like the idea of "a medieval musical fairy tale" and the 22 minute pilot for "Galavant" suggests it's possible, but I wish creator Dan Fogelman, whose "The Neighbors" became much better as it went along but never recovered from the stench of its desperate pilot, wouldn't keep shooting himself in the foot with half-baked pilots for potentially great ideas. So "Galavant" is a half-hour of tell-me-don't-show-me exposition about how »
- Daniel Fienberg
I still remember the first time a spoiler truly failed me. It was the season 3 finale of The O.C., and I had read that someone was going to die. Everything I found online pointed to Sandy Cohen having a heart attack. The rumors crushed me to read—but after weeks of preparation, I was ready to try and come to terms with it. But as I sat on my couch, two minutes before the finale was scheduled to end, I realized that Sandy was nowhere to be seen. Instead, the show was focused on a car containing Ryan and Marissa. »
- Samantha Highfill
Last weekend at Comic-Con, we joined a small group of journalists for an interview session with the main cast and executive producer of Supernatural. Stars Jared Padalecki (Sam), Jensen Ackles (Dean), Misha Collins (Castiel), and Executive Producer Jeremy Carver provided details on some of Season 9′s big moments and teased what we can expect from Season 10.
Executive Producer Jeremy Carver:
It seems like there are some excellent storytelling opportunities with the introduction of the Men of Letters Bunker. Do you plan on having a continued focus on that in Season 10?
When we introduced the Men of Letters, not just as a location, but one of the final pieces or the Winchester Family Tree, it opened up for the writers and enormous trove of possibilities. Yes, we’re always coming up with fantastic ways of looking at the Men of Letters and it’s become such a part of the »
- Jordan Smith
The Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol, England will be the home of Disney’s ABC Studios’ Galavant when it shoots later this summer. Pre-production started this week in the west of England and filming begins in August. Galavant is one of the major U.S. series to decamp to Britain this year to take advantage of the lucrative TV tax credit. The musical comedy fairytale from Dan Fogelman stars Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones, Mallory Jansen, Karen David and Luke Youngblood. Also currently filming at Bottle Yard are BBC Two’s Wolf Hall, BBC One’s Poldark, Sky 1 comedy Trollied, and Channel […] »
The road so far …
It wasn’t exactly easy for genre television in 2005. Well, it’s really never been easy for genre television ever in the history of television, but in 2005, a deluge of genre shows premiered and almost all of them had fallen prey to the swift axe of the television gods by the next year. Start by thinking about television now. It’s a fruitful time for horror and science fiction and fantasy. There are a multitude of genre shows, running the gamut from The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, to True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. They’re all massive hits.
Now, think of all of the shows that premiered around that time in 2005. There was Surface, and that was cancelled after ten episodes by NBC. Invasion, a well-regarded show written by Shaun Cassidy (who created one of my favorite shows, American Gothic) and that was cancelled »
- Nathan Smith
The CW’s “Supernatural” closed out its ninth season with a powerful — if not altogether surprising — finale on Tuesday night, leaving viewers teetering on the edge of a brutal cliffhanger that will assuredly shatter the show’s status quo when it returns for season ten this fall.
The episode’s final moments (Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched) saw heroic monster hunter Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) — one of the show’s two protagonists — return from death with the signature black eyes of a demon, tragically transforming him into one of the creatures he’s spent his life fighting. His brother Sam (Jared Padalecki), was too busy trying to summon the reinstated King of Hell, Crowley (Mark Sheppard at his scenery-chewing best), in an attempt to save Dean’s life, to realize that the cunning demon was already in the building, ready to welcome Dean into the ranks.
The dramatic »
- Laura Prudom
Now that it is just barely summer, it’s time for the networks to try their best to get you excited for fall television. ABC wants you to get excited for their schedule, and their new shows, and I’ve got some previews for you, as well as some initial thoughts.
I have to tell you, ABC is looking more and more strange as time goes on, and the overall efforts of the network really have to make you wonder. While there are some hints of interesting shows, and one or two that might turn into worthwhile vehicles, in the Eddie and the Cruisers world of television, ABC is Joe Pantoliano, clutching his tapes, and furiously blathering about the lunacy of not giving the idiotic public what they want, especially since they keep demanding it.
To that end, ABC has declared Thursday, Shonda Rhimes night, largely because someone apparently had »
- Marc Eastman
I’m not really sure what Disney executives were smoking when they decided to make Galavant into a series for ABC, but I do wish they’d share. It’s a comedy about a fairy tale prince (actor Joshua Sasse) seeking revenge against the evil king (Timothy Omundson) who stole his lady love. The biggest selling point: it’s a musical and Oscar winning composer Alan Menken is on board to work his typical Disney magic.
I have no idea who the market is for this. It’s probably not the female audience that tunes in to Once Upon a Time. And it’s not the stoned college students who live for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. And I don’t think the kids who love Disney’s G-rated musical fairy tale movies should be exposed to this. Not only is it not four-quadrant, it’s no quadrant.
That said, »
- Ed Kennedy
If the success of "Game of Thrones" has taught us anything, it's that people love tales of knights and swords and derring-do. If the success of "Once Upon a Time" has imparted a lesson, it's that people love updated fairytales. And, if the success of Broadway's "Aladdin" (in the form of five Tony nominations) has provided any insight into the populace, it's that Alan Menken remains terribly popular. What happens when you combine these three things? You get a "musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions," and ABC has it as a part of their midseason lineup. It is called "Galavant," and it features a sizable number of man clad in armor, singing. Really. Perhaps then it could best be equated with Monty Python. But however you want to understand it, what we will tell you about it is this – the show is from Dan Fogelman ("Tangled") and is about a »
- Josh Lasser
The rest of ABC’s schedule remains intact, especially Dancing with the Stars – which will stay a one-night-a-week franchise (sorry, fringe lovers). Here’s the full schedule (new shows are in bold):
Here are the network descriptions for the new fall and midseason series:
American Crime: All over the news are reports about a young couple in Modesto, California, who were attacked in their home. Matt Skokie, a war vet, was killed, »
- Lynette Rice
With upfront presentations just around the corner, ABC has bolstered its Marvel announcements – of new show Marvel’s Agent Carter and a season renewal for Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. – by detailing the rest of its line-up decisions.
Castle will get a seventh season, Modern Family and The Middle get a sixth, while Once Upon A Time, Revenge and Scandal get a fourth. Resurrection and The Goldbergs join Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. in getting a second season, and giant network icon Grey’s Anatomy lands its eleventh season.
In new commissions, five dramas and two comedies have been announced. Heading up the dramatic category are:
• American Crime – starring Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez and Penelope Ann Miller, this drama is written, directed and produced by John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). The story centres on the aftermath of an attack on a young couple in their home. The husband – a military veteran – is killed, »
- Sarah Myles
It's 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life - Steve Rogers.
The show is inspired by the Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the short film Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter. They will be skipping the pilot phase and going straight to series.
They have also picked up the hit superhero series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a second season. »
After remaining quiet all spring, ABC monopolized the attentions of the nation's TV critics on Thursday (May 8) with an evening full of big announcements. You can read about seven of the network's renewals here, as ABC extended its relationship with "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy," "Modern Family" and more. Fortunately, despite all of these renewals, ABC still has a number of bubble shows waiting for news on Friday, which means more content. And you can also read about ABC's renewal of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and pickup for "Marvel's Agent Carter" here. But like the game show host says... That's not all! In addition to "Marvel's Agent Carter," ABC gave series orders to dramas "How To Get Away With Murder," "American Crime," "The Whispers" and "Forever." On the comedy side, "Black-ish," "Manhattan Love Story" and "Selfie" earned series orders. And on the musical comedy fairy tale front? »
- Daniel Fienberg
ABC's New Pick Ups
ABC announced this week that it would be adding nine new shows to their line-up, including Felicity Huffman’s return to television and another Marvel spinoff.
Marvel’s Agent Carter is a spinoff of Captain America: The First Avenger and will star Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. The show will pick up in 1946, after the Captain’s death in the first Captain America film, and Agent Carter returns home to a sexist military and life as a double agent. After her dealings with Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter works as a spy for the Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve) for Mr. Stark, aka Iron Man’s father. Whether »
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