The ongoing pandemic has wreaked havoc in all the sectors across borders, and the entertainment industry is no exception. In such times, what better news than ABC’s much-awaited series ‘Legend of the Seeker‘ making a comeback after ten long years with season 3. Read on to find out more!
- ‘Legend of the Seeker’ reboot on the cards, but no longer in association with ABC
- Efforts made to save the sinking ship of ‘Legend of the Seeker’
- ‘Legend of the Seeker’ fans still hopeful for a reboot even after ten years
‘Legend of the Seeker’ was a live-action television series based on Terry Goodkind‘s award-winning ‘Sword of Truth‘ series. Season 2 of ‘Legend of the Seeker‘ was loosely based on the book ‘Stone of Tears’ from the same series. The plot revolves around a young woodsman (Craig Horner) who discovers his destiny of becoming a heroic seeker.
Distributed in syndication by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, the first episode of this show premiered on November 1, 2008, with Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Joshua Donen, Ned Nalle, and Kenneth Biller as executive producers.
‘Legend of the Seeker’ reboot on the cards, but no longer in association with ABC
‘Legend of the Seeker’ was made by ABC Studios. They sold the distribution rights to Tribune Broadcasting, which, at the time, owned 23 network television stations across the United States. The show was mostly aired when it wasn’t primetime, either to fill a Saturday night slot or before primetime on Sunday. That was why the show’s scheduling varied from city to city.
After two seasons, Tribune decided to give up on the distribution rights. Having a budget of nearly $1.5 million per episode, the show wasn’t particularly expensive. Considering the show’s aggregate viewership of nearly 2.5 million per episode, ABC Studios then attempted to look for potential buyers, including Syfy network. Ultimately, Syfy also passed on the opportunity. After a failed attempt at convincing other local stations to fill in for the Tribune stations, ABC Studios finally pulled the plug on ‘Legend of the Seeker’ Season 3.
Efforts made to save the sinking ship of ‘Legend of the Seeker’
The main cast included Craig Horner as Richard Cypher, Bridget Regan as Kahlan Amnell, Bruce Spence as Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander, and Tabrett Bethell as Cara Mason. In conversation with “TV Star”, Craig Horner said, “The studio execs went to Syfy with a pitch to pick up a show, but they wouldn’t bite because of low ratings which made it hard to find a time slot. The internet viewings, however, were off the charts”. Apparently, TV executives do not take internet audiences into account as actual viewers.
According to “Entertainment Weekly”, the show’s producer Sam Raimi started looking for a buyer for the new season after the syndication refused to continue funding. Later, news of Disney buying complete rights of ‘Legend of the Seeker’ had also surfaced online.
On April 26, 2010, “Ausiello Files” finally reported the cancellation of ‘Legend of the Seeker’s’ Season 3. Fans of the series responded by launching a plea titled “Save Our Seeker”. Terry Goodkind also expressed his support for the campaign. Can we still expect a reboot? Unfortunately, back then signs pointed toward negative as Bridget Regan, who plays Kahlan Amnell, had taken to Twitter to announce her return to the United States.
‘Legend of the Seeker’ fans still hopeful for a reboot, even after ten years
Although ‘Legend of the Seeker’ is based on the ‘Sword of Truth’ novels, it is not a direct translation of the books. Rather, it is more like a reimagined version. Keeping the central conflict the same, the television series tells what is essentially an entirely different story. That is what made the series so popular, as it was a creative adaptation of an already successful book series. The show has such a dedicated fan base that an attempt was also made to crowdsource season 3, as they were not satisfied with how season 2 ended. They were left wanting for more.
As a show that last aired ten years ago in 2010, ‘Legend of the Seeker’ boasts of a brigade of fans who are still rooting for a reboot, even if it is with a new cast. Let’s see if ABC Studios finally changes its mind or any other generous buyer opens up its arms. What do you expect? Let us know in the comments below!