November 30, 2011, jocks around the world shed
a tear. A dynasty, full of crude and immature
jokes involve stealing other university’s mascots,
avoiding drug tests and partying in the fraternity
‘Goat House’, came to an unexpected end.
Blue Mountain State, the fictional comedy series following the notorious misadventures of The
Mountain Goats, a Midwestern college football team whose love for partying and football often lead
to some wild and crazy shenanigans, made a disappointing announcement.
Due to a lack of a dedicated audience for their schedule airing on Spike TV, the series producers Chris
Romano and Eric Falconer were forced to abandon their expectation to continue for a fourth season.
The unexpected, abrupt cancelation of the show left many fans disappointed and with a voracious
appetite for more football related absurdity. Viewers missed the entertaining and comical characters
like Alex Moran, the team’s backup quarterback whose only motivation for playing football was to
enjoy the fame (especially among the female students) while putting in as little of effort as possible.
Thad Castle, played by actor Alan Ritchson, is the one of the main reasons why the show became so
As senior linebacker and captain of the BMS football team, Castle’s overly competitive nature, love for
mojitos and women, and obsession for hazing the freshman, makes him a valuable player and hated
among the other teammates (with the exception of his loyal friend Larry). Ritchson’s exceptional
performance as the macho meat-head, gave him considerable recognition in the film industry, as he
has taken on such prominent roles as Gloss in the second installment of the popular Hunger Games
trilogy: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
Through the success and popularity that many of the actors of BMS experienced after the show’s
cancellation, the quality and constancy of the show was evident.
This fame, however, did not come quickly.
Once BMS went off air, the show’s three seasons were available for viewing on Netflix. Gained serious
popularity with a new audience, the desire to reboot the beloved series for grew even stronger. The
renewed admiration did not go unnoticed by the producers. Falconer and Romano seized their
opportunity by starting a campaign on Kickstarter, a website designed to help money for independent
projects. After years of setbacks and broken dreams, Blue Mountain State: The Movie was finally
The project goal was set at high 1.5 million dollars, which despite the sudden increase in fans, still
appeared to be a long shot in Falconer’s eyes. Yet through the numerous variety of pledge gifts,
including Thad Castle Posters, BMS imprinted Ping-Pong tables, and for a contribution of $2,500 or
more, the chance to be an extra in the film, proved successful. May 15, the film was announced to be
officially funded, going over the anticipated goal by $41,182.
After a relocation from Montreal due to financial problems, filming for the movie is currently
underway in Charleston, SC.
Although a release date has not been announced, the location change from Canada to America has,
according to Falconer, cut down production time by a significant amount. Waiting in patient
anticipation for signs of the glorious return of the Blue Mountain State football squad, fans pray that
the hilarious antics and amusing episodes that made the television comedy so legendary will be able
to take on the silver screen opportunity.