Recently a number of websites have posted their views on which TV shows are likely to be renewed and which ones aren’t and amongst them all I’ve noticed two shows that consistently fail to get a mention: Legend of the Seeker andSpartacus: Blood and Sand.
On the count of Spartacus fans will be happy to know that it was already approved for a second season even before the first aired.
With regards to Legend of the Seeker no word has been issued about a third season, but if I was a betting man I’d wager that there’s no way in hell Disney/ABC won’t go for a third season. While the series isn’t in the Top 25 list of syndicated shows, it’s ratings are consistently in the 2.5 million range with the latest figures showing the series scored its second best viewer averages at the end of January.
Personally the only thing I see holding [an IMDB rated 8.0] show like Legend of the Seeker back is the lack of awareness it gets thanks to what I consider to be a pretty poor marketing machine. The show is phenomenal and easily the best fantasy series ever made for TV so why it isn’t more well known relates only to its promotion. I say this because I can’t remember how many times I’ve asked people if they like the show only to receive the response, “Haven’t seen it, when’s it on?”
I mean, when you have people who want to see the show being forced to post questions to sites like Yahoo Answers to find out when it’s on, you’ve clearly got a marketing problem.
Here’s another example of how the series is being let down with promotion. Joseph LoDuca won an Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) for his music in season one. Yet, do you think you can buy the soundtrack? Yes, you can find it on iTunes here but that’s about it. Actually, what has been released on iTunes isn’t the full score, it is merely music from from the first two episodes of season one (“Prophecy” and “Destiny”). The full score remains unreleased. I’ve been searching for it month after month on Amazon yet it never arrives. How can the producers of Legend of the Seeker not see the marketing potential in an Emmy award winning score?
Do a Google search for “Legend of the Seeker Soundtrack”. Rather than retail outlets to buy the score the results relate more to torrent sites with pirated music from the show (obviously pirated from iTunes). Further, you’ll find question/answer sites where people are asking where they can buy it, only to receive answers that basically add up to “I don’t know”. Why hasn’t the score been released on Amazon? It’s another revenue arm for the producers of the show and another avenue to market the show. Yet, nothing.
I really feel Legend of the Seeker remains underrated due to a lack of awareness only. The show itself is superb quality and one of only a handful of shows in the world with a consistent and enjoyable quality across every aspect of its production (cast and crew combined).
I for one am confident that a Legend of the Seeker season 3 will grace our screens in the future, however I can’t say a green-light is by any means concrete. If you want to help tip the scales, LegendoftheSeeker.net have posted an article offering detail on how you can help. Basically money talks, so buy the Legend of the Seeker: The Complete First Season DVD and then write to your local TV Station and to the producers of the show. Bugger it – write to them twice and then call.
Incidentally, if you want to know when it’s on (and you’re in the US), you can search for the channel/time in your local area here.
In : Season 3
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