Schmigadoon! is a musical comedy tv series created by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. The first season aired on Apple TV+ on July 16, 2021.
Starring an ensemble cast led by Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key, the show is a brilliant parody of the Golden Age musicals of the 1940s and 1950s.
Fans loved the show, and critics duly rewarded its originality with four Primetime Emmy nominations. And riding high on how well it performed for Apple TV+, it was renewed for a second season.
Schmigadoon! returned for season two with six new episodes featuring all new original songs and guest stars.
Filmed in 2022, the first two episodes of Schmigadoon! season 2 dropped on Apple TV+ on April 7, 2023.
Having found true love in the first season, Schmigadoon! season 2 saw our two leads in Schmicago, the reimagined world of ’60s and ’70s musicals.
It was another hit so hopes were high for a third season. So what is going on with it?
Schmigadoon! Season 3 – Renewed or Cancelled?
I'm sorry to say that I don't have good news for musical lovers out there. Apple TV+ has called time on Schmigadoon! and we won't be getting a third season.
The announcement was made on January 18th 2024, with co-creator Cinco Paul sharing the news on social media.
He said: “I am sad to share that Apple will not be moving forward with season three of Schmigadoon!.
“The season is written (including 25 new songs), but we unfortunately won’t be making it.
“Such is life.”
No real reason was given other than that the costs were quite high as Apple TV+ had to also pay Universal a licensing fee as they executively produce the show.
It's unlikely that's the main reason as they had happily done that twice before. So far, Apple TV+ hasn't given a concrete reason as to why it was cancelled.
Schmigadoon! Season 1 Recap
If you haven't already seen Schmigadoon!, here's a quick recap.
Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) and Melissa (Cecily Strong) are a couple whose relationship is in trouble. To fix things, they decide to go on a hike but accidentally stumble across a magical town called Schmigadoon
Perpetually trapped in a Golden Age-style musical, the couple soon discovers that they cannot leave the town until they find true love.
But that doesn't necessarily mean with each other! With a full cast of singletons ready to sweep them off their feet, finding their way home is trickier than they think.
However, they eventually come to their senses and realize they are meant for each other and duly leave the town and head home more in love than ever.
What's The Plot Of Schmigaddon! Season 2?
Josh and Melissa decided to go back and find Schmigadoon! after life in the outside world didn't go as plan for the couple.
Instead of finding the sweet innocence of the 40s, they instead landed in the more crime ridden and seedy world of the 70s.
Josh found himself in prison and Melissa had to do everything she could to get him out before they found themselves stuck there for ever.
With brand new original musical numbers from Cinco Paul, Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key returned for more fun.
They were joined by Ariana DeBose, Martin Short, Dove Cameron, Jaime Camil, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Ann Harada, Jane Krakowski and Aaron Tveit.
Tituss Burgess and Patrick Page are also joined the cast for season two.
Where To Watch Schmigadoon!
Schmigadoon! is an Apple TV+ original comedy and because of that, Apple TV+ is the only place you can watch the show.
It's an all-dancing, all-singling musical comedy series but with only six episodes in each season, is a very easy binge-watch.
When And Where Was Schmigadoon Filmed?
Though the show features general tropes from of types all musicals, it leans heavily towards Brigadoon, Oklahoma, Carousel, The Music Man, and Sound of Music.
So creating a world inhabited by characters who think they live in a musical is no easy feat.
Schmigadoon! was filmed entirely in Canada at purpose-built stages in MBS Golden Ears Studios and Vancouver Film Studios.
Filming for the first season began in October 2020, wrapping in December 2020 and was released in July 2021.
Schmigadoon! season 2 was filmed from June 6th to August 4th 2022, and was released on April 7th 2023.
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