Yes, you read that right! Series renewal campaigns, trends, and billboards are surfacing everywhere, and it looks like the show isn’t over yet! Continue reading to learn more.
In the last couple of months, it’s fair to say that it has been a bloodbath for many original television series on various networks that have been canceled without getting another chance to expand as a long-serving franchise. Sadly, one of them was the American fantasy horror television series based on the novel series of the same name by Richelle Mead, “Vampire Academy,” which was adapted to bring back the trend of bloodsuckers on screens like The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Legacies, and other series of the same genre were able to do years ago.
Since the cancellation, there has been outrage among viewers as to why the network canceled the shows so quickly without allowing them to explore the world. This eventually led to fan demands all over social media for the show to be greenlit and picked up by another streaming platform. So, if you’re one of those who want to learn more about these fan-driven calls for renewal, then you’ve come to the right place! To understand the situation and lobby for the show’s renewal, we’ve compiled a list of all the new updates and trends made by fans so far.
Vampire Academy Season 2: Why was it canceled?
The cancellations have come forward as it was reported that the streamer is moving into its next phase of development. To be very honest, the news of cancellation isn’t surprising, as the overall reception of the series has been mixed. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 77% approval rating with an average rating of 7.4/10, based on 13 critic reviews. On the other hand, Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 59 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews.”
We think that the show did not receive positive audience ratings or reception, and many networks consider this factor when deciding whether to renew the series for another season. This may have become a major reason for the network to discontinue the show. On the other hand, the tale doesn’t end here since the cancellation was announced a month ago. The fans have been demanding the series’ renewal through campaigns on billboards, showering the cast with love, raising funds for the Trevor Project, and encouraging fans to donate blood.
The fandom has also trended hashtags such as #SaveVampireAcademy and #RenewVampireAcademy on Twitter to express our displeasure with the show’s early cancellation. They have also started a petition with 8,844+ signatures that is growing by the day, requesting that the show be renewed for a second season, claiming that the show has many talented actors who make it great and unique. There’s still a lot more in the books that we haven’t seen. Take a look at some of the fans’ tweets expressing their desire for the show to be renewed:
— Andy (@andrea220988a) February 12, 2023
— Chloé – No. 1 Mason defender 💪🏻🔥-VAjail 👮🏻♀️ (@chloe_VA_era) February 17, 2023
— ❄️Froztbite25🩸#savevampireacademy (@Froztbite25Jinx) February 14, 2023
— D~ Anti-Hero Era (@kanthonysorchid) February 11, 2023
Exciting news! The #VABillboard is up and ran for a couple hours tonight! It'll be back tomorrow night and Sunday and then a bit more next week.
The lovely @XandraHarbet was so kind and grabbed some pics for us! Thank you so much Xandra! #SaveVampireAcademy @NBCUniversal pic.twitter.com/5trK5vwBsx
— SAVEVAMPIREACADEMY (@SAVE_VA_) February 18, 2023
— Maggie Lovitt (@maggieofthetown) February 18, 2023
— Ogbonna Chioma Florence (@chioma_f2) February 20, 2023
My friend snapped a picture of the #SaveVampireAcademy billboard in Times Sq tonight 🤩 So grateful for @SAVE_VA_ for making this happen!! @NBCUniversal @hbomax @netflix @hulu This show comes with a dedicated fan base! @Peacock fumbled the bag. Turn their mistake into your win!! pic.twitter.com/5htjeSBkLR
— Mims (@laughOton) February 19, 2023
MESSAGE IS CLEAR:
🩸 #SaveVampireAcademy 🩸
➡️ DOUBLE SCREENS AGAIN TODAY AT: The corner of 8th Ave. & 42nd St.
— Vampire Academy USA (@VAfandomUSA) February 19, 2023
— Natjustcakes (@natjustcakes) February 17, 2023
Vampire Academy: What could the plot have been for Season 2?
The official description of the show states, “From executive producers Julie Plec and Marguerite MacIntyre comes a story of friendship, romance, and danger. In a world of privilege and glamour, two young women’s friendship transcends their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter vampire society. One as a powerful Royal, the other as a half-vampire Guardian trained to protect against the savage ‘Strigoi’ who threaten to tear their society apart. That is if Royal infighting doesn’t do the job first. ”
The show would have definitely expanded from the final episode of the first season, “Ascension,” which showed that the citizens of the Dominion must come together to face their greatest threat yet; Rose and Lissa make a fateful decision. There were storylines and character arcs that could have been explored and expanded upon by the writers, which the fans wanted to see in future seasons.
Sadly, this was short-lived, and all we can do is speculate about the potential plotlines. If renewed, the second season could have easily adopted the plotline from the second novel, “Frostbite,” which follows Rose and Lissa as they navigate their tangled love lives, a Strigoi attack that has St. Vladimir on high alert, and a school ski trip crashed by deadly Strigoi. It could have interchanged and combined various stories from the six novels to make the series unique in its own way.
“I don’t think we really left anything out because what was great about nine was nine sorts of feels like a finale. I think if we had ended at nine it could have been a good finale,” MacIntyre previously told ComicBook.com. “So, it felt like it allowed 10 to be the thing that tees up season two and pays some things off and tees some things up. Like the goal is to finish the episode and be like, ‘I cannot wait to see where all these stories go.'”
“I have to say, that is one of the beauties of streaming because you don’t have that 41-minute limit,” Plec added. “Had we known that we had to stick to a 41-minute broadcast time, there would’ve been so much left on the floor whether we shot it or not, we just wouldn’t have been able to make room for all those story beats. And I love that our finale is a little bit longer than the rest of the season. That it’s closer to an hour. It feels complete. We didn’t have to make Kill Your Darlings sacrifices for it at all.”
Additionally, there is still hope among the fans, as Plec stated that they are attempting to shop the series for other streaming services. The move has been made as the series saw much success on Prime Video in countries like France, with Plec overseeing her adaptation of “We Were Liars” for the streaming service, which gave some fans hope that Amazon Studios would pick up the series. Though any confirmation is still pending and, for the time being, seems unlikely. So, even if another streamer doesn’t save Vampire Academy, the series brought people together and propelled the cast to the next level of their careers.
The main cast members of the series are as follows Sisi Stringer as Rose Hathaway, Daniela Nieves as Lissa Dragomir, Kieron Moore as Dimitri Belikov, André Dae Kim as Christian Ozera, Anita-Joy Uwajeh as Tatiana Vogel, Mia McKenna-Bruce as Mia Karp, Jonetta Kaiser as Sonya Karp, Andrew Liner as Mason Ashford, Rhian Blundell as Meredith Beckham, and J. August Richards as Victor Dashkov.
The recurring cast members include Pik-Sen Lim as Queen Marina, Jason Diaz as Andre Dragomir, Max Parker as Mikhail Tanner, Jennifer Kirby as Alberta Casey, Joseph Ollman as Jesse Zeklos, Yael Belicha as Marie Carter, Amanda Drew as Diane, Angela Wynter as Irene Vogel, Craig Stevenson as Dane Zeklos, Adam Quintero as Peter Tarus, Blake Patrick Anderson as Eddie Castile, Louisa Connolly-Burnham as Silver, and Cornelius Macarthy as Robert Karp.
Vampire Academy is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group. Plec and MacIntyre’s executive produce the Peacock series along with Emily Cummins, Don Murphy, Susan Montford, Deepak Nayar, and Jillian DeFrehn. Bille Woodruff directs the pilot. Additional series directors are Plec, Luis Prieto, Jesse Warn, Erica Dunton, and Geoff Shotz.
The series is accessible on Peacock as it is an exclusive series being developed for the digital streaming platform with membership plans for a premium package starting at $4.99 a month or $49.99 per year, depending on the viewer’s location and membership plans, which the users can choose from to renew their accounts and watch the series. On the other hand, Peacock TV has landed in the UK & Ireland at no extra cost to Sky TV and Now TV subscribers. Additionally, you may sign up for the service and use devices like Roku and Fire TV to watch it.
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