The last time we interviewed Dan Fogelman (Tangled, Cars), the creator of ABC’s show, Galavant, he gave us the best description for the TV show: “If you like Princess Bride, Game of Thrones and Monty Python, you’re more likely to like this show than those that don’t.” During our recent interview, he still compares it to Game of Thrones. Did you watch last season?
Having just finished a season in Morocco, the entire cast and crew are excited about tonight’s season premiere. Again, Dan Fogelman puts it best when he said, “… it used three armies with hundreds and hundreds of extras pulling the story all together as the scene goes on. They’re all gathering armies and it’s really kind of “Game of Throne” stuff that everybody’s breaking into these great musical numbers. It’s completely insane.” Additionally, to add to the insane factor as he calls it, Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken is returning to write the show’s musical scores.
Kat Likkel, Executive Producer, promised us that the cheeky humor from Season 1 will be returning this year — perhaps even kicked up a notch. Dan Fogelman added that they are “playing with pushing the envelope” in order to make the show family-friendly. The writers are getting sharper comedically and interjecting more lines that go completely over the heads of children, yet entertain the adults. Through screenings with families, they have been able to create a “lovely balancing act” for the humor according to Timothy Omundson (King Richard).
So how does the process work? With writers working in tandem with a lyricist and composer, you can believe there is plenty of planning that goes into each episode. In fact, Dan Fogelman told us that a group of them sat down and broke down all 10 episodes for season 2. Once they had the basic synopsis of how the episodes would go, they called in Alan Menken and (lyricist) Glenn Slater. Alan and Glenn then add their opinions as to where the musical numbers should go and how they should fit into the scene and then it all begins to come together. As you can tell, it’s quite a collaborative process between the entire cast and crew. We can’t forget that there has to be choreography as well!
Fun fact: Most of the singing is done live. All the actors can REALLY sing!
Kat Likkel actually had a nice bit to say about Timothy Omundson joining the cast:
“One of the coolest things about this show has been Timothy Omundson in this show. When we first started Galavant last year, that King Richard role was a role that very much felt like if you were ever gonna put a big famous star in this show of otherwise kind of unknown people, it was gonna be probably in that role. And Timothy Omundson just came in and we met and we felt [like] this is the guy. And the network embraced it even though sometimes they’ll want that big name or that person who’s done it before. And it’s such a cool story. His skill set is so specific. He’s so funny [and] so talented like literally, a real theatrical song and dance man.”
After meeting Timothy Omundson after the interview, I must completely agree with Kat. He was remarkably friendly and an all-around great guy to spend some time with!
Watch for more from him as King Richard throughout season 2 of Galavant on ABC.
GALAVANT airs tonight, January 3rd at 8pm EST on ABC Network.
Episode 201: A New Season… AKA Suck It Cancellation Bear
Bad advice results in Galavant and the crew being shipwrecked, and they end up traveling by foot in order to get back to Richard’s kingdom. Later, Galavant and King Richard find themselves at The Enchanted Forest Pub in West Hollow-wood where they are forced into working there by the owner who sees Galavant in a different light. Meanwhile in Valencia, Madalena rules as Queen, and Gareth demands his due when he is announced as King, with Sid as his assistant. Elsewhere in Hortensia, Isabella is imprisoned in her jewel box by her 12-year-old cousin as her parents prepare for their wedding.
Episode 2: World’s Best Kiss (8:30-9:01 pm EST)
Galavant and Richard see a fortune teller who is able to connect Galavant to Isabella using a crystal ball. Isabella receives Galavant’s “call” as she is plotting her escape from Hortensia. Unfortunately, it’s a “bad connection,” and Isabella hears only every other word. She is devastated by the call, but Galavant believes it went well. He promises to return to her as soon as he drops Richard off at his castle. The only problem is that Richard’s castle seems to have disappeared.