This exclusive Galavant interview with Timothy Omundson, Dan Fogelman and Kat Likkel was a highlight of my #ABCTVEvent coverage. Post sponsored by Disney. All gallantly hilarious opinions are my own
Galavant Interview | 5 Reasons to Watch Galavant Season 2
Breakfast, mimosas and an ABC show on the TV. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday, right? But add in Galavant star Timothy Omundson (King Richard) and Producers Dan Fogelman and Kat Likkel and we have a Galavant interview full of good laughs, good eats and a sneak peek into the talent behind Season 2. No longer in it’s novice season, ABC TV’s Galavant is bringing it’s “A” game this January with 5 Reasons Why You Need to Watch Season 2. Pull up a chair for a brunch unlike any other with the insider scoop on this musically hilarious series.
1. Pushing Comedy Boundaries
Afraid that comedies these days are staying in the same stagnant routine? Galavant not only has hilarious laughs in store for the fans for Season 2, but is also pushing comedy boundaries…and perhaps breaking records.
Dan Fogelman: “We actually just finished filming [the] season in Morocco. And I think it’s the biggest thing that’s ever been done in comedy, a half hour comedy. It used 3 Armies with hundreds and hundreds of extras pulling the story all together as the scene goes on. It’s really kind of “Game of Thrones” stuff that everybody’s breaking into these great Musical Numbers. It’s completely insane, it’s completely insane.”
Kat Likkel: “We were filming where “Lawrence of Arabia” filmed and actually some of the [locals] did come there. The day we got the Call Sheet where we had 300 Extras. I almost threw up.”
Timothy Omundson: “This will never, ever, ever happen again in a Half Hour Comedy.”
2. The Songs Are Genius
A comedy, yes. But then we throw in a musical…Disney style. And where does ABC/Disney go for the best music? Why the best of the best, of course. The same guy that brought us those catchy tunes from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin? Yes, he’s been busy. Alan Menken has stepped up his song creation game and the producers couldn’t wait to share how this genius breathes musical life into this show.
DF: “We break out the Season [into] the direction that we’re going for all ten episodes. And then once we had that, we gathered the entire staff and Alan Menken, who had been in the loop already, and then Glenn Slater, the Lyricist. Then we start pitching out the Season to them and they listened, because you want songs in an emotional moment. It’s like any time that you feel like you’re gonna have a big emotional scene between people, Alan and Glenn know the perfect place for a song. And so you do it that way. And Glenn and Alan hear what the Season is, they make their contributions, and then they start hearing the songs. And sometimes we all have an idea like ‘Wow, we think we want a song here.’
And then sometimes they go ‘Uh, you’re crazy. No, your song is here.’ And suddenly, they’ve come up with this amazing song that we didn’t even know was going to exist. It’s a fun interplay and it’s really such a collaborative process.
KL: “So it’s a long complicated process. It’s really, really challenging.”
DF: “Alan Menken’s done 32 original songs for 10 [episodes], which is really the equivalent of like 5 Broadway Musicals. He’s written 32 songs and we play them in every genre. I mean, I wrote the Movie “Tangled” and Alan did all the Music for that and like you know, to do a movie that had 6 songs – 7 songs in it, took us a year and a half in development, developing for decades. And I mean, they’re just pumping them out. There’s “West Side Story.” There’s stuff like, trending “Grease” and trending every musical genre. And it’s really kind of outrageously ambitious stuff. And by the end, we have all of the 300 Moroccan Extras singing an Alan Menken song on the March as everyone is going to War.
TO: “[It’s a] great show and then the actors are cast. He’s [Alan Menken] writing them for us, like he knows us. He’s written songs for me. He’s writing for Mal and Danny and everybody. That’s just an incredible mind twist to get this man, one of the greatest Composers of the last 100 years, is actually writing songs with me in mind and my voice in mind.”
KL: “He’s doing Disney stuff too. He wrote a song this year called, ‘What is This Feeling? Is It a Feeling?’ that our evil Queen sings for the first time. She starts feeling an emotion. And it’s a Disney song. And it’s a classic Alan Menken ballad. And it’s really beautiful. I’m so proud of it so I hope everybody watches it this year. I think it’s really special.”
3. Your Favorite Cast Returns And…
Joshua Sasse returns as Galavant. Karen Davis reprises her role as Isabella. And Timothy Omundson, aka King Richard, comes back into the spotlight for Season 2 in BIG and unexpected ways.
“Something that’s great about Season Two is that Timothy Omundson gets to carry a lot on his shoulders. Last year, he was this goofy but kind of erratic Giant Child. And this year, his character really gets a chance to grow and stretch and go different places. It was really fun as a Writer and Producer to watch Tim do all those things and see those moments that he even surprised himself.”
“I’m a kid for the storylines on this show,” Timothy Omundson laughs with delight. “I get challenged with some of the most dramatic stuff I’ve ever had to do. There’s Romantic Lead stuff I’ve never gotten to do. This year in particular, it’s been an incredibly, incredibly satisfying journey. I just can’t wait [for you] to go and see it.”
And that’s not all that the producers have up their sleeves for Season 2. Dan Fogelman and Kat Likkel reveal a few amazing cameos in store for the fans.
“Weird Al is coming back. We got Hugh Bonneville and [John] Stamos are back. And then we have all these great English Actors coming out. They’re not all names you know but people that have kind of starred in every West End Production in London. It’s like the creme de la creme of our people that are getting nominated for all the Oscars this time of year here. It’s that group of people. So you’ll recognize a lot of faces.”
“Nick Fox plays a Giant, named Andre the Giant who hates Dwarves.” Kat Likkel laughs.
Giants? Dwarves? I’m already intrigued. And we even haven’t touched on the plot yet.
4. Everyone Steps Up
We’re not in Season 1 anymore, Toto. During our interview, it was apparent that Galavant Season 2 is dreaming big, really big. A comedy, musical, romance, drama, family show all rolled into one, there’s a lot of eyes (pun intended) watching to see where this ABC show is going for this their veteran year. And according to our Galavant panel, everyone steps up for Season 2.
TO: “The Character development, it’s so much fuller this year. Everyone really gets some beautiful opportunities to do some amazing work, and everybody steps up. And it’s so nice to see these people you work with, your Colleagues [that you] really care for, do tremendous work.”
DF: “We want to push the envelope and continue to push it. It’s getting bigger. We’re getting sharper comedically.”
5. Love and Redemption Reign
Oh, and laughter. Let’s not forget laughter. While comedy and lively songs are definitely a focus of Galavant, let’s not forget the main themes of the show. Galavant easily blends in love and redemption into the plot line. But what twists does Season 2 have in store for the viewers?
KL: “One of the things we decided to do in this Season is take all of our Characters and throw the biggest obstacle we could. It’s like we took all of them and we turned their lives completely upside down from where they ended up at the end of last Season. And making all of them find their way back.
If I had to encapsulate what this whole Season is about, it’s about love and redemption. And it goes big with everybody…trying to find, trying to get to that next step in their lives. Everyone’s storyline in their own way is beautiful. I sort of get caught in reading these scripts like ‘It’s a silly show. It’s a silly fun like show.’ And then you get smacked over the head with this heart, threading that needle between silly goofy and really something that makes somebody care. I think people will get sort of, catch themselves, [that] I’m actually having a feeling.”
And in season 2 these themes remain apparent. Having discovered the dark side of Madalena, our dashing hero’s adventures continue as he embarks on an unlikely bromance with King Richard. And that’s not all. The princess is in danger this season. Can Galavant save the day and rekindle the romance with his true love, Isabella?
I certainly think so. We got to preview the premiere episode of Galavant Season 2 with Timothy Omundson and the room was filled with laughter. The singing was hilariously fun and yet professional. And when King Richard and Galavant wander into the woods….you’ll just have to watch. A great way to kick off the newest season!
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Join the laughter, the singing and the fun with Galavant, back for another round of jousting hilarious entertainment! Season 2 premieres tonight (January 3, 2016) at 8/7 c on ABC.