Dan Fogelman is keeping the self-deprecating tone of his medieval musical comedy series Galavant intact in a big-scale opening number penned by the series’ songwriting duo of Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. It’s one of 32 new songs they have written for the 10-episode second season, which kicks off on January 3.
Titled A New Season, the “slightly meta” opening number, as Fogelman puts it, features the entire cast as well as returning guest star Hugh Bonneville. Poking fun of the “eventization” in television where every limited-run series like Galavant is labeled an event, the song touts the musical comedy as “this year’s least expected big event.”
Galavant was on the bubble for renewal following so-so ratings after a solid start as the series was scheduled for a four-week run of back-to-back episodes on Sunday in January against football and big specials like the Golden Globes. Acknowledging that the renewal was a “miracle” that may not happen again, the song pleads with viewers to watch:
This season may be all you get to squeeze,
So in the weeks to come
Ignore the pageants that they’ll hold,
Skip the football matches and the globes that are made out of gold,
Screw all those Apprentices and every Bachelorette
And get into the miracle that no one thought we’d get.
The 10-episode second season (up from eight in Season 1) of the series, which films in the UK, guest stars top West End actors and singers such as Kylie Minogue, Nick Frost, Sheridan Smith, Matt Lucas, Robert Lindsey and Simon Callow. John Stamos, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Bonneville are among those returning from the first season. The Season 2 finale, which was shot in Morocco, features a musicalized war of three armies.
As for the catchy title song, which surprisingly failed to land an Emmy nomination, the original Galavant theme will still be featured in the music score and recap songs during the second season. But as Bonneville’s pirate character puts it bluntly in A New Season, “It didn’t win an Emmy, so it’s time to move along.”