Here’s something to sing about: Galavant has scored a surprise renewal from ABC, EW has learned.
The series stars Joshua Sasse as the titular hero, who sets out on a quest for revenge against the king for stealing his true love—all set to music. But it wasn’t quite the show-stopper that the network was hoping for, debuting to 7.42 million viewers and a 2.0 in the 18-49 demographic. By the season finale, however, only 4.37 million viewers tuned in, scoring a 1.1 rating in the demo.
But Galavant was able to attract some real star power throughout its eight-episode season, with turns from Ricky Gervais, John Stamos, Hugh Bonneville and “Weird Al” Yankovic, among others.
The news comes on the heels of ABC ordering six dramas, including Shonda Rhimes’ The Catch, Don Johnson’s untitled oil boom project, biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, FBI thriller Quantico, anthology series Wicked City and the Joan Allen-starring project The Family. The network also ordered three comedies: a reboot of The Muppets, Ken Jeong’s Dr. Ken and Dan Savage’s The Real O’Neals, which stars Martha Plimpton.
More to come: We’re in the thick of a frantic annual three-day period of TV broadcasters making big decisions, so expect more series orders today—and perhaps some verdicts on existing shows as well. Follow @jameshibberd and @natalieabrams for up-to-the-minute details.