Weisman spoke in depth about the creation of the fan favorite show and what ultimately led to its demise. Plenty of external factors contributed from the death of an exec, to staffing changes, to the rise of a certain group of
“The OJ Simpson trial meant we were constantly being preempted for trial coverage, because we were on syndicated stations, and syndicated stations still primarily lived off local news in the 1990s. Every day it ran, we were being preempted, and in any given city, people were missing episodes of
He went on to say, “It sounds bizarre that OJ Simpson helped destroy Gargoyles, but it’s true.” Of all the reasons that the show lost momentum, we didn’t consider the OJ trial.
Weisman also shared that he hoped the series being on Disney+ might lead to a revival. “I knew a couple months ahead of time that it would be part of the service. That surprised me, when I found that out, because I had been told the opposite, that they weren’t going to put it up there. I was thrilled when they decided, ‘Well, we got it, we might as well put it up there.’ Because I do think it represents a slim shot at bringing the show back. If enough fans binge the show over and over again, if we can prove to Disney that the fan base is out there … There have been times over the years, I don’t know how serious they were, but discussions about maybe bringing it back in some way or another.”
We’d love to see a new version of the classic cartoon. Especially if Weisman gets his way and gets a crack at directing a live action adaptation! Be sure to read the complete interview at