In the hope of gaining a second season with Julie and the Phantoms, fans are stepping up to get the attention of Netflix and other streaming services.
Julie and the Phantoms was the musical series created by Dan Cross and David Hoge. It released nine episodes in September 2020. The show was abruptly canceled by Netflix in December 2021 after months of silent streaming.
In January 2022, we posted about a big campaign to save Julie and the Phantoms including a petition that’s fast approaching 200,000 signatures.
The Orpheum Tour, which saw theaters and cinemas across the globe taken over by the Save Julie and the Phantoms Campaign, is the latest effort of the campaign to save the show.
Kenny Ortega (executive producer for Julie and the Phantoms), acknowledged the tour via his Instagram
“Thank you @adultsandthephantoms and @emmaandtheunfinishedbusiness for continuing to show your love and support with the funding of an amazing 20 billboards…and to all the #Fantoms for your love, and support honoring @julieandthephantoms in lights all over the world …with gratitude and endless love…”
Sacha Carlson responded to the campaign in a reply saying “Best fans in the world.”
Debbie Metzler, Emma Suyasa's friend, was one of those who spoke with us.
Could you please tell me about your investment in this show and the reasons why you love it so much?
After it was revealed that Netflix would cancel it, Julie and the Phantoms were on my radar. I was intrigued by the story of my best friend who saw the series when it first came out. My enthusiasm for the show was infectious and I became hooked after watching the entire season. She and I talked about how it’s baffling that Netflix would cancel an award-winning show that had been loved by audiences and critics for its themes of inclusivity, inspiring and supportive friendships, incredibly catchy tunes, and just a little spark of magic to keep hope alive during a time in the world when we all could use a little more feel-good content in our lives. It was my friend’s innovative idea to get a sign on the Orpheum Theatre in Sydney, which sparked the current global fan-led initiative to increase viewership of the show.
How has the reaction been from the cast or the crew of the show?
Executive producer Kenny Ortega has posted on his Instagram account about his appreciation to the fans for going to such creative lengths to get attention for the show. The campaign’s posts have received likes, comments, and story shares from several cast and crew members, which has prompted two surprise additional tour dates in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
What would you hope as a response from Netflix if even it’s not a reversal of the decision?
Netflix has not yet made a formal statement regarding the cancellation. It’s hard to imagine how they could deny that this popular show deserves another chance, but if it isn’t in the cards for another season or a feature film to wrap up the story, the fans would love to at least see Julie and the Phantoms in concert. Some of our theater friends who worked with the Orpheum project expressed an interest in hosting the show, if it does go on tour. Many fans are also campaigning for Netflix to buy the rights.
We need to know where this tour will be taking us next.
The fun part of this tour is to keep the next stop a mystery. However, you will soon be able to see more dates for the North America and U.K. leg. Fans who don’t live near one of the stops (so far) have been participating by holding their own signs to share on social media, some have even been in front of local theaters. Because this tour is entirely funded by crowd funding, the number of places that we are able to visit depends solely on donations from fans. We’re very happy to be able to support the local arts and it’s been a blast getting to work with so many wonderful theater staff across the world. Keep checking back for more.
Netflix has had mixed results with revival campaigns. Two campaigns were successful: Sense8 fan who got a movie that ended the story, and Lucifer fans who managed to convince Netflix to rescind their decision to end season 5.
Anne with an "E" is one example of campaign that ended in a bitter ending despite collecting 1.5 million signatures.
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