May 14, 2014

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: ABC’s “Galavant”


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GALAVANT:  Winter-ish Sunday 8PM on ABC

THE FACTS:  A fairy tale musical comedy from Dan Fogelman, the creator of the late, lamented (by some of us) The Neighbors, with an original score by multiple Oscar-winner Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.  It tells the tale of Prince Galavant, whose true love left him for the fiendish king (played by Timothy Omundson from Psych), and who is determined to find his way to a happy ending.

WHAT IT’S SAYING:  If you’re looking for a fairy tale musical comedy series on TV next season, this is where you’re going.

WHAT IT’S REALLY SAYING:  It’s The Princess Bride–but with singing!  It’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail (or, if you prefer, Spamalot)–with the singing those already had!  It’s goofy family fun that will make adults giggle too!

THE OUTLOOK:  There’s literally nothing to compare Galavant to, so toss a coin.  On the one hand, Frozen is out there making it clear that the potential audience for fairy tale musicals is nearly limitless… but, well, Cop Rock.  The trailer suggests that the show’s sense of humor is going to be similar to The Neighbors, but that didn’t work out too well for Fogelman (although don’t get some of us started on what that show was doing airing behind Last Man Standing).  One thing is clear:  the slot filling in for Once Upon A Time while that series takes a break between its fall and midseason arcs is about as gift-wrapped an hour as Galavant could hope for, so it’s going to have a fair chance.  Whether it’ll enchant Once fans or send them running remains to be seen.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."