Sunday, October 5, 2014

2 Years Off-Air: The Fate of My Babysitter's a Vampire, Still Unsure

(C) Fresh TV, 2012. Click image to enlarge. (left to right) Matthew Knight (Ethan), Vanessa Morgan (Sarah), Cameron Kennedy (Rory), Atticus Mitchell (Benny), and Kate Todd (Erica).
2 Years Off-Air: The Fate of My Babysitter's a Vampire, Still Unsure

The title says it all, as of today (October 5, 2014) it's been two years to the day since the season 2/series finale of My Babysitter's a Vampire aired in the United States on Disney Channel.

But since that day two years ago, Fresh TV has yet to stop searching for a home for our beloved Canadian-based series. TELETOON aired S2 episodes and for the longest fans were anxiously awaiting renewal news (or any news of some sort); thus the creation of the hashtag #MBAVSeason3 was born. September 2013 Fresh TV formally announced TELETOON had canceled the show and also continued to express via Twitter and Facebook at the group; that the show needed funding by a Canadian broadcaster or network, for the series to be picked up again for the funding.

In February 2014 things began to look up as Fresh TV announced 'new developments,' at the time they were in talks with YTV on getting the show picked up a third season. YTV added MBAV (both the movie & series) to their line-up - airing the episodes Mondays-Thursdays at 8PM/ET & again at 11PM/ET staring with the first season on April. Both Fresh TV & YTV were very active in promoting the show through social media. The show's official website even changed to from TELETOON to YTV's layout as well.

But by the Summer of 2014, things fell quiet; YTV stopped posting about MBAV and for a while Fresh TV stopped posting altogether. Eventually YTV ripped the show off of the schedule. A few weeks ago Julie Giles still expressed on the Facebook group that they still needed a broadcaster; although they (Fresh TV) were focusing on a 2nd movie angle for the time being, instead of primarily a third season. Although many have voiced on leaning on Netflix to pick up the show. For that to possibly occur, fans have to go to the site and continually watch the episodes so the viewership is up on the site (Netflix watches their viewership numbers guys!) In the meantime however, whatever plans Fresh had with YTV likely are moot at this point. Unfortunately the show has yet to gather a decent audience and popularity in Canada (where the show is produced), as it has in the United States, United Kingdom and other countries internationally.

So here we are two years later, still awaiting SOME KIND of continuation of our beloved show. Although some fans have moved on, the MBAV fandom still remains very active; fans and viewers tweeting daily about the show and how it used to air on Disney and that they miss it, want more episodes, and more importantly, the cliffhanger we were left with, resolved. The show ended with the fates of Ethan (Matthew Knight), Sarah (Vanessa Morgan), and Benny (Atticus Mitchell) unknown.

Two years off the air and the majority of the fandom globally is still passionate about My Babysitter's a Vampire, myself included. But I suppose this is the way it is with all great shows that get cut down in their prime, for whatever reason. Whether Fresh TV and whatever network/broadcaster gets the show picked up for a third season or not or gets a second movie produced; I just want to thank the cast, the writers, the producers, the crew and anyone who had anything to do with the movie/show for bringing us an awesome movie and 26 amazing episodes of what I feel is a brilliant, cute, funny, at times dramatic and action-packed 22-24 minute show; it will always be one of the best in my books, despite how short-lived it was!

I'd also like to thank the fandom as well, fans who I have corresponded with over the past 2 years. Even if this show is done, I hope we'll all still talk and reminisce about My Babysitter's a Vampire.

Not trying to make this post sound like a 'goodbye' or, it's all done. I'm still in favor the show continuing by whatever means possible, but it is what it is.

Thank you.

Channon

Also, throughout the month of October, you can watch My Babysitter's a Vampire every night at 11PM/ET & 11:30PM/ET on Disney Channel as a part of Disney Channel's, MONSTOBER!

2 comments:

hannah mcmillian said...

I really hope they find a Canadian broadcaster our what every it is they need cuz i was so dad when they ended and what happened to Ethan in the last episode I'm still waiting for a third season and second movie I'm not giving up hope

Anonymous said...

I love to watch Vampire!