The Galavant Season 2 Premiere is on ABC tonight at 8 PM ET! Anyone else here a big fan of the musical hilariousness that is Galavant? My husband and I really enjoyed the show, especially King Richard who is played by Timothy Omundson. I got the chance to sit down with Omundson, and Executive Producers Dan Fogelman and Kat Likkel while in LA recently, to get the inside scoop on Galavant Season 2 for you!
(I was provided with this experience by Disney/ABC/Marvel/LucasFilm.)
14 Interesting Facts About Galavant Season 2
#1 Bigger ComedY
Comedic and heartfelt musical numbers paired with ridiculously funny jokes make Galavant a must see. I can tell you that the Galavant Season 2 premiere does not disappoint AND its family-friendly. Pretty much the entire episode takes place in a gay bar, yet they never say the word gay. You’ll have to tune in, trust me.
We want to push the envelope and continue to push it. It’s kind of getting bigger. I think we’re getting sharper comedically. We do massive screenings with families and we’re trying to do stuff that’s kind of going over the kids’ heads. The adults are getting it, but we actually just did a whole episode about a Gay Bar without ever saying the word gay. Not that it’s a bad word or a good word but you know, as we were watching the kids we were just kind of enjoying it, and getting it in a different way, and it’s been an interesting thing for us to try and find. – Dan Fogelman
That’s the great thing about this show I think, and being a part of it, because I’ve got kids and there’s stuff they’re not supposed to get and they don’t get it but, there’s plenty of humor for me. For us it’s really a lovely balancing act. – Timothy Omundson
PHOTO CREDIT: (ABC/Nick Ray)
Timothy Omundson, Joshua Sasse
#2 Love and Redemption
If you are caught up on Galavant Season 1, you will be happy to learn that love and redemption are big storylines in Galavant Season 2! King Richard torn from “Evil Queen” Madalena and Princess Isabella locked away from Galavant and being forced into a marriage with cousin.
It’s love and it’s redemption. Everyone’s storyline in their own way is beautiful, it really is. You know, I sort of get caught up in reading these scripts like it’s a silly show. It’s a silly fun show and then you get smacked over the head with this heart and it’s amazing what you guys have all done, all the writers of threading that needle between silly goofy and really something that makes you, somebody care. I think people will sort of catch themselves…”I’m actually having a feeling“. There’s some beautiful, beautiful stuff in there this year. – Kat Likkel
#3 Alan and Glenn are Back
Last year I got the chance to interview Alan Menken and Glenn Slater for Galavant Season 1 and I’m glad they are back! I was impressed to learn all the work that goes into the musical numbers of Galavant, and you can read all about that in my Galvant Season 1 Post. But, as Kat Likkel said, “The basic process is the scripts are written as Alan and Glen are writing the songs. Then, at a certain point during the songs Alan does a demo with Alan singing it himself on his computer.”
It’s like any time that you feel like you’re going to have a big emotional scene between people, Alan and Glen know the perfect place for a song. And so you do it that way. Glen 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 a collaborative process. – Kat Likkel
He’s writing them for us, like he knows, 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 our, of the last 100 years, is actually writing songs with me in mind and my voice in mind. – Timothy Omundson
#4 Oodles of Musical Numbers
Throughout Galavant Season 2 there will be 32 songs of various genres. The singing is one of my favorite parts about Galavant, aside from King George, and I love that a lot of the singing is live for the musical numbers. For live recordings they are recording the music at the Barabara Streisand Stage at SONY with a “zillion piece orchestra” according to Kat Likkel .
A lot of our singing is done live with the guys who wear live mics. A lot of what you’re seeing is live performance also, and not just sync pre-recorded. All the actors can really sing so a lot of it is recorded live and that’s why it tends not to look too fakey. – Kat Likkel
Alan Menken’s done I think 32 original songs, which is really the equivalent of like 5 Broadway Musicals. He’s written 32 songs and we play them in every genre. 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 in it, 7 songs in it, took us a year and a half in developing. In development. I mean, they’re just pumping them out and each one is like…. Do you want to show somebody something when you’re proud of it? I can never pick one song. I wish I had all the songs here right now, I’d be showing you like, there’s “West Side Story” there’s stuff like, treading “Grease” and treading every Musical genre. And it’s really kind of outrageously ambitious stuff. – Dan Fogelman
#5 Filming in Morocco and a Zombie Army
Filming recently wrapped up in Morocco for Galavant Season 2. Morocco! I bet you never thought that a musical comedy on ABC would be filmed where some of “Lawrence of Arabia” was filmed did ya? I didn’t either! I also didn’t think we would be seeing Zombies or White Walkers either. 😉
We actually just finished filming with a season in Morocco. I think it’s the biggest thing that’s ever been done in a half hour comedy. 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 Thrones” stuff that everybody’s breaking into these great musical numbers. It’s completely insane, it’s completely insane. – Dan Fogelman
The day we got the Call Sheet where we had 300 Extras….I almost threw up. – Kat Likkel
Look at the Call Sheet. This will never, ever, ever happen again in a half hour comedy. – Timothy Omundson
It’s a little massive. I’ve done like hundreds of million dollar movies that do not have the scope of what we’re doing, what’s coming in the latter half of the season particularly. These giants like you can see in the opening musical number, they get bigger and bigger. These numbers with the extras and large groups of people singing and dancing. We have, at one point later in the season, a Zombie Army. – Dan Fogelman
You may remember some pretty awesome cameos in Galavant Season 1. John Stamos, Wierd Al, Ricky Gervais, and Simon Callow to name a few. Well, prepare for more as you will recognize a lot of faces on Galavant Season 2 as well!
We have Weird Al is coming back. We got Hugh Bonneville and Stamos are back. I’m doing a different show with Stamos right now, and from that here in Los Angeles on the Green Screen, we had to do a cut away of Stamos to make it all work, because we couldn’t get him out to England. Then we have all these great English Actors coming out. It’s kind of like a who’s who? because they’re not all names you know, but people that have kind of starred in every West End Production in London. It’s kind of like the creme de la creme of our people that are getting nominated for all the Oscars and stuff this time of year here, it’s like that’s their group of people. So you’ll recognize a lot of faces and people. – Timothy Omundson
#7 Dwarves and Giants
Galavant Season 2 brings us a war with dwarves and giants and I can’t wait to see this battle! I think King Richard and Galavant may need us on their side…..
Nick Fox plays a Giant, named Andre the Giant who, uh, hates Dwarves. We have a war which is this big West Side Story type number. It has Timothy and Galavant and Richie come across a band of warring Dwarves and Giants. But the reveal is they’re all 5’10. They’re very short and when they’re fighting a lot of times, they forget who’s a Dwarf and who’s a Giant. It’s fun and it’s crazy and they’re doing this whole kind of Jets and Sharks kind of West Side Story. It’s really crazy. – Kat Likkel
#8 Vinnie Jones
Gareth is another can’t miss character on Galavant. King Richard’s Guard since the age of 10, Galavant Season 2 has Gareth filling the King’s shoes and drawing closer to Madalena. I wouldn’t call this a typical role for Vinnie Jones but man does he play it well!
He wanted to do it. Vinnie has this huge heart. Alan Menken wrote a Disney Musical Number later in the year and it’s when Vinnie starts falling in love. He’s singing a love song to nobody, like a Disney character, like the opening of Beauty and the Beast kind of thing. – Kat Likkel
Cause something tells me they love him and he’s never heard those words before. – Timothy Omundson
Yeah it’s beautiful. But his accent is so thick when he’s singing that. We also thought it was funny because it’s like a Disney song that we actually did subtitles with, a blooper. And because you only see him in these very serious killer roles where as you know, he’s got a real love story this year. – Kat Likkel
Vinnie is, I mean he’s the ace in the hole. His work is unlike anything I’ve ever seen him do. I’ve worked with him for a year. He’s one of the nicest human beings I’ve ever come across. When we were in Morocco, he threw the Casting Crew a Pool Party. – Timothy Omundson
Vinnie is such a surprise. Obviously he’s got such a kind of scary reputation and he always plays these horrible thugs, and he is actually the sweetest kind most gentle man and is a joy to work with. I think he’s going to surprise everyone this year with what he can do, what his acting chops are. – Kat Likkel
#9 Karaoke with Timothy Omundson
Do we have any Supernatural Fans here? If yes, I’m guessing you know Timothy Omundson from his character Cain! That’s where my 14 year old daughter knows him from and the reason she was extremely jealous when she saw my picture with Omundson on social media after our interview. 😉 It also may be the reason we get to enjoy his karaoke skills on the interwebs too! 😀
I do sing some Karaoke. I moonlight on a Show called “Supernatural” so I do those Conventions at ASA. Are you all familiar with that fandom? It’s huge and we’ll do a Karaoke night, which is part of the convention, which is just insane, a bucket of just booze and song. And some of my closest friends. – Timothy Omundson
Just get him a drink and he’s just belting and everybody’s singing. – Kat Likkel
My Dancing Queen is… I have been known to do it a few times… – Timothy Omundson
#10 Real Theatrical Song and Dance Man
He’s not just a karaoke master, Timothy Omundson has mad skills when it comes to theatrical song and dance. Wait until you see the kick-line during the Galavant Season 2 Premiere.
One of the coolest things about this show has been, and I think it’s something worthwhile to write about, has been Timothy 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 going to put a famous, a big famous star in this show of otherwise kind of unknown people, it was going to probably be in that role. Timothy just came in and we met and I was like this is it, and we felt this is the guy. The Network comes, embraced it even though sometimes they’ll want that, you know, that big, big name or that person who’s done it before. It’s such a cool story, and his skill set is so specific. I mean he’s so funny, he’s so talented like as literally, a real theatrical song and dance man. I mean, this is a very difficult muscle that he has. As I do other shows, you work with all these great actors. Universally in this town they’re like, I am so happy that Tim is getting his chance to kind of showcase this stuff. I think it’s a really cool underwritten story of this role kind of landing with the right guy at the right time. It’s hard because we can only do 10 episodes and they happen so quickly and early in the year but I think Tim should be in these conversations about the Awards stuff that happens at this time this year, this time next year. I really think he should be. What you see coming, it’s like, this is a very, very hard thing to do, what he’s doing, where we go this season, and it really is special. – Kat Likkel
#11 Timothy Omundson’s Not British
I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m usually the last to figure out that an actor doesn’t have an accent. Remember Ravi on the set of Disney Channel’s Bunk’d?! 😀 Well, Timothy Omundson doesn’t either and I’m guessing if I was Psych or Supernatural fan I would already know that. But, I’m not the only one……
Our Musical Director who directs all the music, Tim went and took his family to see, Aladdin, and the director came up to me, and this was after a year of working with Tim, and he goes, “did you know Tim’s not British”? Like he’d been working on the show for a year and he had no idea. – Kat Likkel
Well I have to say all of my actor buddies know like this one’s for them because we never, ever get cast with Brits. A friend of mine, who was on Band of Brothers with Damien Lewis, and I happen to have drinks with him in London and he said “Oh, I’m gonna call Damien, we’re great friends.” Damien’s the Poster Child for Brits taking over and so he comes down, everybody’s like “Hey Damien. You’re not the only one who does accents anymore. Tim is an American who played a British King“. – Timothy Omundson
#12 Giant Child Grows Up
I’m the first to agree with Kat Likkel when she said that King Richard was “goofy but kind of erratic Giant Child” on Galavant Season 1. He whined about everything from his Queen to his food to the lack of laughter at his jokes. I can tell you that I already saw a change him during the premiere of Galavant Season 2, a chance that has our Giant Child growing up!
This year, his character really gets a chance to grow and stretch and go different places and it was really fun as a Writer and Producer to watch Timothy do all those things, and see those moments that he even surprised himself. – Kat Likkel
I’ve been so incredibly lucky to play some really varied stuff on some amazing shows. This one, this is the capper. I don’t know how I’m ever, ever going to go back to, you know, CSI Barbados or…. This is particular, 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 to go and see it. – Timothy Omundson
PHOTO CREDIT: (ABC/Nick Ray)
#13 Evil Queen Gets a Feeling
It’s about darn time the Evil Queen on Galavant, also know as Madalena, finally begins to lose her selfish side. Wait, that would be every side of her. 😉 Okay, I will give her a break because it sounds like she’s getting a feeling of the good variety this Galavant Season 2.
Alan Menken 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 she’s like, what is this feeling, is it a feeling that I feel like somehow. And it’s really, it’s beautiful and I’m so proud of it so I hope everybody watches it this year, I think it’s really special. – Dan Fogelman
I’m incredibly proud. – Timothy Omundson
You should be. – Kat Likkel
Of the rest of this Cast because also, you guys, the character development, it’s just, it’s so much fuller this year. Everyone really gets some beautiful opportunities to do some amazing work, and everybody steps up. It was like just to get, watch these scenes with Mal and Vinnie and Luke, I hadn’t seen any of that, and Karen. Everyone blew me away. It’s so nice to see these people you work with, your colleagues, and really care for, do tremendous work. It’s been incredibly satisfying to me. – Timothy Omundson
Television Network. (ABC/Nick Ray)
#14 Flipped Upside Down
If you want different, you’re going to get it. Everything is flipped upside down for the characters in Galavant Season 2. Although, going back to #2 Love and Redemption, you should have seen this coming. 😉
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. I think if I had to encapsulate what this whole season is about, it’s about love and redemption. This entire season and it goes big with everybody trying to get to that next step in their lives.- Dan Fogelman
#15 King Richard vs. Carlton Lassiter
The look of King Richard on Galavant Season 2 is vastly different from that of Carlton Lassiter on Psych. Both are played by Timothy Omundson and a big difference is the facial hair. One is clean shaven while the other has quite the beard. Which does Omundson prefer? And more importantly, which does Omundson’s wife prefer?
I prefer this. My wife prefers a more kempt version of this. I had a break and I showed up this season looking like I walked on the mountains. Um, why not? And it was like we go with this and there was actually a method to the madness where we slowly clean him up, and we tie the ends, but I had been gone for quite a while. Like I came home to see my wife and kids and I walked in the door and like what? How are you on TV looking like that? And wait it’ll be fine. It’ll be fine by the end. You’ll see, we’ll clean him up. So yeah, she doesn’t like it when I look like Charles Manson. And also, like the ribs. Those are things I just can’t get anymore. – Timothy Omundson
There was a certain point where we just couldn’t look at him. – Kat Likkel
Catch the Galavant Season 2 Premiere on ABC at 8 PM ET tonight, January 3rd with TWO episodes!
“A New Season… aka Suck It Cancellation Bear” (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST)
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.
“World’s Best Kiss” (8:30-9:01 p.m. 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.