P.O. Box 15257
Syracuse, New York 13215
Atten: Les Abell
11777 San Vicente Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049-5061
Dear Rebel Entertainment,
fans started petitioning to get their favorite Nickelodeon sketch comedy
back on the air as soon as the last episode aired in 1994. After a couple
years of petitioning, the fans’ letters seemed to die down. In late 1997,
my cousin Meredith and I started our petition. In April 1998, copies of
our Roundhouse petition were sent to:
New York, NY 10036
after we had sent in 679 signatures, Roundhouse fans continued to send
us petitions. We decided to continue the petition, calling it the “Roundhouse
Follow-Up Petition.” The web-site is located at http://locket.net/roundhouse/.
Producers (their address at the time):
10124 Riverside Drive
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Rumored owner of the rights to Roundhouse
at the time:
1900 W. Place, NE
Washington, DC 20018
A copy of the petition was also delivered
to a Nickelodeon Studios rep at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida.
waited for a year and a half for a response, but not one place that received
our petition replied to us. I was quite disappointed, to say the least.
Despite this, along with other loyal fans, I continued to watch the local
TV listings, in hopes that the show would be back on anyway. When one of
my friends called me this past June and told me that Roundhouse was going
to be on TV as part of Nickelodeon’s 20th Anniversary Special, I was ecstatic!
I e-mailed many of the petition supporters, who were just as thrilled as
I was. When June 26th came, I invited friends and family over to watch
Roundhouse with Meredith and myself. We were overjoyed to see the friendly,
familiar faces of the cast on TV again! All of us were singing along with
the theme song and laughing hysterically at the jokes we knew by heart.
It was so much fun! Meredith and I even introduced some of our younger
cousins to the show for the first time. After Nickelodeon’s “Birthday Marathon,”
I’m sure that a new generation of Roundhouse fans was born. In addition,
we’ve received e-mails from people who were reminded of Roundhouse’s brilliance
after the June 26th airing.
from the fact that our fellow petitioners signed their names and support
the cause, you may not know much about their specific feelings about Roundhouse.
Here are a few quotes from e-mails people have sent to Meredith and me
pledging their devotion to Roundhouse and our petition:
get Roundhouse back on the air, that show was my way of getting through
it on TV, I don't know what I do, but if you don't put it back on the air,
at least ask
to put the series on video.”
been so long since I've seen Roundhouse and I'm just dying to see it again.”
am glad that somebody wants Roundhouse back on the air, too! It certainly
back! I mean, c'mon. It's the least that Nick can do after
canceling it way too soon…
need Roundhouse back to liven up their channel!”
wholeheartedly send my hopes that this grrrrreat show comes back in the
always been a roundhouse fanatic at heart and I ALWAYS used to watch that
2 get Nick to recast and update 4 the 90's!!!!! (or get them to rerun!)”
letter we received brought up so many good points that I can’t choose my
favorite quote. So here is the complete letter:
“Back in the days when Roundhouse was still on the air, I was a really
big fan. I used to
my mom and dad to let me stay up to watch it. I'm fifteen now. My name
and I live in Richlands, Virginia. I'm really into acting, especially improvisation.
was like a dream come true for me. The people on the show had it all -
dance (big thanks to Ivan), and - of course - act.
There is little I would want more than to see these talented actors back
on the air. The
being aired on Nickelodeon, presently, are a joke to peoples' intelligence.
Squarepants (airing in July), The Brothers Flubb, and Catdog are clogging
with senseless babbling in an attempt to gain viewer ratings. Many people
watch Nickelodeon watch these shows only because there is nothing else
I suggest we give them something worth watching, for a change. Please bring
was a TV show with that incomparably inventive spirit. Roundhouse has often
been compared to a Broadway musical performed right in your living room.
The props were simple yet abstract. The producers placed more emphasis
on story than scenery. The songs and choreography added extra zing to the
show, which exposed children and teenagers to musical theatre and stood
out among ordinary TV shows.
hope we’re not giving you the impression that we didn’t appreciate Nickelodeon
airing Roundhouse on June 26th. We were incredibly thrilled and grateful
that Nickelodeon acknowledged the show and aired it again after all these
years. The fact that it was on the airwaves gave us hope that maybe our
petition had made an impact after all. Two episodes were great, but the
public is sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to see the other fifty
again. With the increasingly popularity of sketch comedies such Saturday
Night Live and Mad TV, Roundhouse would certainly gain a new fan base.
Once one of my friends even told me, “I think that the people on Roundhouse
are more talented than the people on Saturday Night Live because they sing,
act, dance, and all that stuff.” I know of over twenty Roundhouse related
web-sites on the internet and I am always finding new ones.
October 1999, we heard a rumor that Nickelodeon was going to devote one
Saturday afternoon to showing all of the old SNICK shows. Although a couple
e-mailed us saying that they had seen
a commercial for the special, they were the only people who saw the commercial.
Other on-line fans checked the TV listings in hopes that the rumor was
true but nothing ever came of it.
the 679 signatures from April 1998 and the 488 we have now, we have
collected 1167 signatures total! Even though Roundhouse has been
off the air for some time, people cannot, and will not, forget this show.
Our petition isn’t the only current one out there trying to get Roundhouse
back on the air. There was an e-mail forward petition last spring and Emma
a.k.a. “Spacey” started an on-line petition at http://members.tripod.com/~Spacey84/roundhouse.html.
Between July 1998 and April 2000, she has collected 603 signatures
for her petition.
and I truly appreciated your e-mails a couple months ago. It was such an
receive a response from you. Thank you
for sending us more information for our web-site.
Unfortunately, Nickelodeon has not yet
replied to us about the petition, but we hope that they will
Petition Campaign 2000