When the first season finale of “Galavant” aired, fans began a #RenewGalavant campaign; knowing full-well that the show would have to beat some great odds to come back for another season. But, surprise! “Galavant” did come back. Season Two ended with one of the most satisfying and fun ending in all the seven realms.
Shortly afterwards, fans once again took to the social media platforms with their #RenewGalavant posts. Then, mere weeks before ABC was scheduled to announce its show schedule for the coming year, Karen David (‘Princess Isabella’ on “Galavant”) started to cheer on the fans. She joined the campaign and added her own flair by tagging posts with #MoreGalavant, motivating fans to write physical letters to the network president and programming director (she even supplied the mailing addresses fans would require to complete the task), and she cheered on fans as a petition was created and shared across the social mediums.
Fans grabbed onto anything that gave them a chance to do ‘something’ in an attempt to save their beloved show. On Friday, May 13th ABC announced ahead of its Upfronts in New York that they had decided against renewing “Galavant” for a third season. The fans ultimately turned their campaign towards finding a new home for the medieval fairy tale comedy. Again, Karen found a way to focus fans with her tagged ‘To D’DEW lists’ which included how to contact Hulu, Netflix and Amazon to try and sway them to pick up “Galavant”.
In most recent days, the #MoreGalavant campaign has gained an impressive momentum that includes more than 18.5K signatures on the petition, fan votes that have made “Galavant” number one in People’s Choice poll, and two other online award nomination campaigns (Teen Choice and Voice of TV). All of these are ongoing for a few weeks, and all fans are encouraged to sign, vote and nominate. Visit Karen David’s FaceBook page for the details and links.
Another great surprise has been in the support fans have received from celebrities. The #MoreGalavant Thank You video that was created, featured Billy Boyd (Can’t Eat This Hobbit), Damien Sandow, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic (Feel The Power of The Hashtag) and Mark Hamill (GalavanTerrific). Other celebrities that have supported the fans are Maggie Lawson, Dulé Hill, James Roday (Timothy Omundson’s friends and cast mates from “Psych”), Paget Brewster, Zachary Levi, William Shatner and David Prowse (Darth Vader himself). Online entertainment news outlets have also picked up on the campaign with Entertainment Weekly and Examiner.com doing a few really great interviews and write-ups.
What’s next for the #MoreGalavant campaign and “Galavant” fans? Well, the Voice of TV Award nomination phase closes June 3rd, with voting beginning June 6th. With luck, “Galavant” will have a nomination or two, the People’s Choice poll closes July 1st and fans can keep voting up to that date, and the petition is always open for signatures and comments. All of the above will be used to sway network executives when meetings with decision makers begin in a few weeks (according to Karen David’s messages).
(All links to: “#MoreGalvant Thank You Video, iPetition and voting polls are found on Karen David’s FaceBook page link above.)
At the end of this writing, the iPetition is up to 18,968 signatures and “Galavant” Chef Darren Evans has promised a video of his dance moves if it gets to 20K. So, add your support with a signature and #FeelThePowerOfTheHashtag with #MoreGalavant.