|Dear Mr. Scannell,
is Meredith Lee, and one of my favorite shows that Nickelodeon has ever
run was a musical/comedy/variety show called Roundhouse. Produced
by Rebel Entertainment, Roundhouse was very different, very fun,
and very special. It appealed to young children as well as teenagers and
adults. Roundhouse was very popular, and it ran for four short seasons.
two years after the first episode of Roundhouse, Nick cancelled
the show. Fans were upset, and many attempted to get it back on the air
with letters of protest and petitions. Time passed, and nothing happened.
Some time later, Black Entertainment Television (BET) bought the rights,
but never aired it.
last summer, my cousin Kath Ludewig and I remembered how much we had liked
the show. We managed to dig up two old episodes on tape, and they were
hysterical! Roundhouse was irreplacable. We wished it was still on the
air, but there didn't seem to be anything we could do about it.
Kath had an idea. She suggested starting a petition to get Roundhouse
back. I agreed, and after more discussion, I suggested that we post the
petition on the World Wide Web so that we could get people from all over
the country involved.
we posted our site at:
ended up becoming bigger than we had ever imagined. We found dozens of
fans on the Internet who printed out copies of our petition and got
as many signatures as they could. Many people had been involved in previous
petition attempts and were willing to help out on another. Some people,
like Michelle and Adge Doucette, had known some cast members of Roundhouse.
Kath and I even starting talking to Roundhouse guitarist Marty Walsh
our friend Adge met cast member David Sidoni in person and told him about
the petition. He couldn't believe it. Later that month, Kath saw Crystal
Lewis (another cast member) in concert. Afterwards, when Crytsal was signing
autographs, she signed our petition! We were so thrilled that we decided
to put that sheet first in our package.
we gathered up all the petitions that we had collected. We are mailing
them to Nickelodeon, Rebel Entertainment, and BET. And on April 11, I took
a copy to Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, where a supportive group tour
guide promised to take the petition upstairs to the Production Office.
we have a total of 679 signatures. We hope this reminds you
of all the fans who loved Roundhouse and want it back on the air.
It truly was a great show, with a talented cast, excellent musicians, great
writers and producers, etc. Roundhouse means a lot to us, and we
hope you'll reconsider your decision to take it off.
friend Julie Albert would say, "Reprise the theme song and roll the reruns!"