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When Galavant hit the airwaves back in 2015, ABC delivered a very different kind of comedy thanks to the singing, dancing, and hilariously self-aware and irreverent takes on fairy tale-esque stories. Telling the musical tale of a washed up hero, a princess with a deviated septum, an ineffectual king, land-locked pirates, and more, Galavant was nevertheless cancelled in 2016 after two seasons. Since TV is now in an era of reboots and revivals, however, could there be a second life for Galavant thanks to Netflix?
Karen David, who played Princess Isabella on Galavant before she brought Princess Jasmine to live-action on Once Upon a Time and who will appear at the official Once Upon a Time Reunion Convention this weekend in New Jersey, spoke with CinemaBlend about whether the Galavant team would be up for more, if a revival could really happen due to the series winning a new audience since streaming on Netflix, and playing a princess on not one but two shows.
When I asked if she would be on board for more Galavant if the opportunity ever arose, Karen David said this:
Who could have guessed that the Galavant team is so ready for more togetherness even years after the show was cancelled by ABC? The series, which aired in the midseason span of the TV schedule not exactly known for setting ratings records, accumulated a loyal following of fans during its two seasons, and creator Dan Fogelman was apparently prepared for a lot more Galavant!
Season 2 did close on a happy ending for the heroes rather than another huge cliffhanger, which certainly came as a relief after Season 1 wrapped with Isabella locked in a box of a room by her cousin/fiancé, Galavant and Richard off on a sea voyage, Madalena and Gareth sitting the thrones in Valencia, and most of the good guys left in some sticky situations. Still, how many Galavant fans wouldn't be thrilled to find out what happens next after the Season 2 finale?
There are still big questions, after all! Did Isabella and Galavant have three or seven kids? Could Gareth and Sid save Madalena? Do Chef Vincenzo and Gwynne stand a chance of hitting 30 without dying? Karen David went on to explain why there would be an audience for a Galavant revival that could answer some questions:
While Galavant may not have broken ratings or viewership records back when the first two seasons aired on ABC, Netflix has given the series a second life. Both seasons are available for binge-watching, and I for one can vouch for the fact that it's tough to stop after just one episode. Could the extra attention for Galavant courtesy of Netflix (which also offers Once Upon a Time streaming) be the boost the show needs for a revival?
That the More Galavant petition (which you can sign here) is still actively getting signatures, nearly four years after Season 2 wrapped, is definitely a positive sign that there's an audience for at least one more season of Galavant. In fact, there have already been several new signatures this week. Karen David elaborated on the petition, making it clear that the effort by fans is being taken seriously by the people involved:
Thanks to the petition, the ways to get Netflix's attention, and the fact that Netflix (and other streaming services) have rescued cancelled series in recent years, the possibility of more Galavant feels like much more than a fairy tale dream. It's certainly a positive sign that Alan Menken is on board, as he is also known for scoring iconic Disney projects like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas.
Playing Isabella was Karen David's first outing as a princess, as she debuted as Princess Jasmine on Once Upon a Time later in 2016. When I asked if her work as Isabella helped prepare her for Jasmine, this was her response:
I think any viewers who checked out both Galavant and Karen David's run as Jasmine on Once Upon a Time can certainly attest that she played two different kinds of princesses, but the two characters did have similar responsibilities.
Was Jasmine hilariously captured by land-locked pirates led by a Downton Abbey star before they sang a sea shanty to their prisoners? Not quite. But Isabella nevertheless was helpful preparation for Jasmine! Karen David also shared what has made these characters special to her:
Only time will tell if Karen David and the rest of the Galavant cast will have the chance to reprise their roles for a revival, undoubtedly helped by the renewed interest courtesy of Netflix. Fortunately, you can see David speak about her TV roles from October 25-27 at the Once Upon a Time Reunion Convention, taking place at Hanover Marriott in Whippany New Jersey.
This weekend's convention is the only Once Upon a Time convention this year, so be sure to check it out if you're a fan. In addition to Karen David, attendees will get the chance to see Lana Parrilla (Evil Queen/Regina/Roni), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), Jared Gilmore (Henry), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), Lee Arenberg (Leroy/Grumpy), and many more!
See the full list of guests, ticket information, and more to plan your visit this weekend! Once the convention, running October 25-27, has passed, you need to look no further than Netflix for some Galavant and Once Upon a Time fun!