Monday, March 20, 2017

8 Television Shows That Should Have Musical Episodes

Tonight and tomorrow, March 20 and 21, Supergirl and The Flash will air a two-part musical crossover. With Jeremy Jordan, Melissa Benoist, Grant Gustin, and Jesse L. Martin in the casts, this was a no brainer. It's a good time for musicals on television. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which has musical numbers in each episode, recently finished its second season and will be coming back for a third. But there are so many musical theater actors on TV that there are way more shows just crying out for a musical episode. 

Sutton Foster is obviously a triple threat. And I'd love to see her duet with Hilary Duff. Miriam Shor would obviously get a number too. It's filmed in New York, so there are always musical theater actors as guests.

Stephen Amell has said that he doesn't want to do a musical episode, but he's obsessed with Hamilton (see video) and look how much this cast loves to sing. Plus, Josh Segarra is on the show now and there are theories about Colin Donnell coming back this season.

Legends of Tomorrow
Another CW superhero show with lots of musical talent. They should have just done a four-show musical crossover. Victor Garber sang "Edelweiss" in one episode and, for some reason, "The Banana Boat Song" in another. Clearly, the writers want him to sing as often as possible. (He's a guest star on the Supergirl/Flash crossover.) Arthur Darvill can sing too. Maybe Ciara Renée can come back for one episode.

Jane the Virgin
This show has also done musical numbers in the past, but after seeing Jamie Camil in Chicago this summer, I am more convinced than ever that there should be an entire musical episode built around Rogelio.

New Girl
Obviously, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) is a fan of breaking out into song, and we've already established that Winston (Lamorne Morris) is a Wicked fan.

BoJack Horseman
I'd love to see what this extremely dark comedy could do with the form and it's already about an actor, so it would be easy to come up with an organic way to include a musical into the storyline.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
There have been many memorable musical numbers on Kimmy Schmidt, but between Titus Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane, and Kimmy's optimistic attitude, it's just begging for an entire musical episode.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
How can they not take advantage of Gina's (Chelsea Peretti) dance talent? Andy Samberg could recruit his Lonely Island friends to help write it.

What shows would you add to this list?