At any given time, there are hundreds of new sitcoms to watch, but musical sitcoms are a much rarer breed. It’s big news for music lovers whenever a new one is out. So, if shows like “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” “Galavant,” or even “Glee” have been cancelled, here’s your new favourite title: “Schmigadoon!” an upcoming series on Apple TV+.
“Schmigadoon!” is described as “‘Groundhog Day’ meets Enchanted,'” according to The Hollywood Reporter. It tells the storey of a modern couple on a backpacking trip who become stuck in a magical town straight out of a 1940s studio musical like “Brigadoon.”
Though “Schmigadoon!” is unmistakably a musical spoof, the series can appeal to musical fans as well, as it features a cast of Broadway actors and its writers, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, have extensive musical-writing experience. Here’s what we know about your next musical obsession so far.
When Will Schmigadoon! Season 1 Be Released?
The six-episode first season of “Schmigadoon!” will premiere on Friday, July 16, 2021, according to Deadline. On that day, Apple will release the first two episodes. On Fridays, the remaining four episodes will be available.
To watch the show, you’ll need an Apple TV+ subscription, which you can get in a variety of ways. A regular subscription costs $4.99 per month and includes a seven-day free trial. However, if you recently bought an Apple computer, you might be eligible for a free year of Apple TV+.
This is a limited-time deal available to consumers who purchased an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Mac within the last three months. Finally, Apple TV+ is included in Apple One, a subscription service that includes six Apple apps. Even better, when you sign up for Apple One, the first month is free.
You’ll also need a computer that works with it. Apple TV+ is compatible with several different Smart TVs (Sony, Vizio, Samsung, LG), game consoles (PlayStation, Xbox), and streaming devices if you don’t have an Apple TV or another Apple computer like an iPad or iPhone (Roku, Amazon Fire).
Who’s In Schmigadoon! Season 1’s Cast?
The cast of “Schmigadoon!” is made up of both comedians and Broadway veterans, as it is both a comedy and a musical. Melissa and Josh, a couple who are trying to reignite the spark in their relationship, are played by “Saturday Night Live” cast member Cecily Strong and “Key and Peele” alum Keegan-Michael Key, according to Deadline. Josh is the realistic one, while Melissa is the romantic one.
Both characters have rivals for the affections of their partners. Danny Bailey, played by Aaron Tveit, is the town’s bad boy who falls for Melissa right away, while Betsy, played by Dove Cameron, is the farmer’s daughter who has a crush on Josh.
Alan Cumming, who plays Mayor Menlove, the town’s leader “with a secret (and a song) in his heart,” rounds out the cast. Meanwhile, Ann Harada, who starred in “Avenue Q,” plays his adoring but oblivious wife Florence.
Reverend Layton is played by “SNL” alum Fred Armisen, and his “morally superior” companion, Mildred, is played by Broadway and Hollywood legend Kristen Chenoweth. Doc Lopez, the handsome town physician with an “icy heart,” is played by Jaime Camil.
The Countess, a kooky aristocrat who wants to marry the doctor, is played by Jane Krakowski of “30 Rock.” Finally, Ariana DeBose plays Emma Tate, a woman whose 21st-century outlook clashes with her neighbours.
What Is The First Season Of Schmigadoon! About?
Melissa and Josh are a couple who decide to repair their strained relationship by going on a backpacking trip across Europe. On their journey, they come across Schmigadoon, a town straight out of a 1940s studio musical. Melissa and Josh quickly realise that they won’t be able to leave town until they find “true love.”
There will undoubtedly be music in this musical sitcom. Cinco Paul, the showrunner and co-creator, wrote everything. Paul and his co-creator Ken Daurio have previously written a number of musicals, including a musical adaptation of their 2001 comedy
“The Bubble Boy.” Aspects of the show could be animated, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but this has yet to be verified.
That’s a broad definition that leaves a lot of space for interpretation. Can Melissa and Josh rekindle their romance, or will they find more appropriate partners among Schmigadoon’s residents? There’s also a lot of potential for drama among Schmigadoon’s inhabitants. There will undoubtedly be a lot packed into those six episodes.