Weird Al Yankovic is currently in England, shooting scenes for an upcoming “medieval fantasy musical comedy” on ABC.
Weird Al posted the following late last night on Twitter, giving us this juicy tidbit: he’ll be playing a monk.
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) September 3, 2014
Also, last night on his Facebook page, Weird Al posted the following:
“I just flew to England to play a singing monk on the upcoming ABC series “Galavant” (another one of those medieval fantasy musical comedy TV shows they’re always making these days).”
Fan reaction is predictably enthusiastic, considering Weird Al’s loyal and rabid fan base. Facebook user Gretchen Hintz replied: “Sounds like an interesting show. This year in TV is looking more and more promising!” Patrick McDermott: “What’s your character’s name? Brother Insano?” And Jeremy Brannon: “You’re an inspiration, Weird Al. Don’t ever die!”
Actress Karen David, who will play the role of Princess Isabella according to Seriously OMG, posted the following on her Facebook page.
“4:40 a.m. The eyelids are heavy…never thought I’d say this, but I’m looking forward to being in a confessional booth…with the very lovely, Weird Al Yankovic! @AlYankovic Can’t wait for our scenes together! #Galavant@Galavantabc”
According to ABC, Galavant will be a “musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions.” Joshua Sasse plays the hero, Galavant, who must avenge his love, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), against the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson).
Last spring, ABC released the following trailer for the show (which, regretfully, does not include Weird Al):
ABC is clearly aiming high with this comedy, bringing on big Hollywood names that have been attached to Disney projects. The executive producer is Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Tangled, Cars), and legendary composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) teams up with lyricist Glenn Slater (Tangled).
This is encouraging news: TV isn’t the best format for a musical comedy; anyone remember Cop Rock? But of course, with Weird Al on board, the project can’t go wrong, and ABC made the wise move to latch on to Weird Al’s currently higher-than-ever popularity (see this Inquisitr article).
As of this post, it’s unclear if Weird Al is going to be a series regular or is just doing a few guest spots.
Are you planning on DVR-ing Galavant, now that Weird Al is on board? Let us know below.
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