Once upon a time there was a fandom that loved its show so much that it even played an instrumental role in getting the show renewed for a second season. Sit back, put your feet up and let me tell you a little story about a show called Wynonna Earp and the fans who loved it so much that they wouldn’t rest until someone took notice and renewed the show.
After several weeks of “NO CHILL” on Twitter and a heartfelt email campaign, Syfy took notice of a fandom that kept after the network to #RenewWynonnaEarp. These fans simply refused to be ignored and the Wynonna Earp cast announced that the show had been renewed this past weekend at San Diego Comic Con. The supernatural series based off the IDW comic book follows Wyatt Earp’s great great granddaughter Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and will return in 2017 with 10 new episodes.
Showrunner Emily Andras couldn’t join stars Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Shamier Anderson and Katherine Barrell this past weekend at Comic Con, but she wants the fans to know how much their campaigning helped and how much it meant to her and everyone involved on Wynonna. She recently joined The TV Junkies to talk about the fans’ impact, how much she hated missing out on the fun in San Diego and future plans to celebrate with fans at other cons. At the time of our chat Andras says there’s no official word on shooting schedules or premiere dates but stay tuned here at The TV Junkies as that information becomes available.
The TV Junkies: Congrats on Season 2! Who do you think is happier, the cast or the fans?
EA: The cast is so adorable and they deserve it. The fans are so cute and I love them all. I seriously love you guys all so much. Let’s just go and have our own con, Wynonna Con!
TTVJ: There were some pretty big fan campaigns in the works for this renewal. How big of a difference maker were those things in Syfy coming to their decision to renew?
EA: Massive! Massive! I’m not even kidding. Massive! It made a huge difference and made it almost impossible for them to cancel us. If no one had been paying attention they could’ve just killed us, right? But it became almost impossible to ignore and there are people that are so happy and excited about the fans.
TTVJ: What was extra amazing was how positive the fandom stayed throughout it all as well.
EA: And they all love each other! Everyone was lovely and no one yelled at me — barely anyone yelled at me. It was a huge deal and it’s gotten us noticed everywhere. The other thing that happens going into Season 2 is that people have heard of the show now. That’s massive for us because more people are going to be like ‘OK you won’t shut up about Wynonna Earp. What the heck is this stupid show?’
This fandom got this show renewed. 100%. I’m telling you that worked. I love them.
TTVJ: It was like three solid weeks of powering through on those campaigns and the emails weren’t just two or three sentences. They were huge paragraphs.
EA: They were relentless. No chill for the win! The emails really helped and were going to people high up the chain, but it all helped. It was amazing and they become impossible to ignore.
TTVJ: Going along with that, do you know yet if the show will be streaming anywhere?
EA: No idea. I think there are some things in the works but we can’t announce that yet.
TTVJ: So seeing all those fan campaigns were you still surprised at the fan response and turnout for the show at Comic Con?
EA: Yes! Not in a million years did I expect that and it totally blew my mind. I was happy because I saw that nobody had any fun without me which I thought was an appropriate response. It was very serious and very dire.
It was crazy! The other great thing was that the network was there and they got to watch the response. It’s one thing to see it all on twitter but it’s another to see a fan dressed up as Bobo Del Rey in 90 degree San Diego heat. Coming face to face with fans like that makes it so much more real and palatable. You can talk to people and find out why they love the show and why they’ve connected with it. I’m still blown away that people have connected with this show the way they have. It’s incredible.
That cast are the best ambassadors for the show. They are the most incredible group of actors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. They are so stoked, so charming, so witty, so funny, so engaged. They went above and beyond with how they interacted with fans. It was delightful for me to watch from afar. I think it was so good for them to see the excitement of the fans and remember exactly who you are making this for. So when it’s -40 in the middle of the night on a Wednesday in Alberta you can remember why you’re working so hard, for these people who absolutely love it.
I do want to shout out though to the #ComicCants [Earpers who couldn’t attend SDCC]. That made it fun and made me feel better that we had our own little fun back home.
TTVJ: Speaking of cons, you’re getting a lot of requests on Twitter to attend specific ones. Do you have any plans as of this moment to attend any?
EA: No, but I’m so bitter that I missed Comic Con that I will go to any con for the next 20 years. I just want to do Cons forever–travel the world and meet fans. That’s all I want to do. So if you have a con in Antarctica, you email me and I’ll come.
TTVJ: There’s some pretty great European cons you could hit up.
EA: Are you kidding me? Australia Con! Me and a koala! Italy Con? New York Con? I’ll go anywhere! Whatever. The irony is though that it’s really hard to do cons if you’re in production. We can’t do cons if we’re actually shooting because we can’t take the time off. But send me your cons! I’m in for it! I love cons. I’m King Con! I’m never missing another con if I can help it by the way.
TTVJ: Switching gears away from the cons and looking to Season 2, are there any plans to add Kat Barrell as a regular?
EA: Absolutely everything is on the table. 10 episodes is less than 13 episodes so I don’t know. I can’t really recall whether the fans like Kat Barrell or not. What is a WayHaught?
I don’t know yet though. I just don’t know. I certainly think there will be more WayHaught. We are only just starting to explore that relationship and I think you’ll get your fill of Waverly and Nicole. Everything is on the WayHaught table. Everything is on Nedley’s couch as far as decisions to be made.
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Wynonna Earp Season 2 will return to Syfy in 2017.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.