Con Man, the sci-fi web series from Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion and PJ Haarsma, will stream exclusively this summer on the soon-to-launch Comic-Con HQ, the ad-free subscription streaming VOD platform from Lionsgate and Comic-Con International.
The web series, created by Tudyk (Firefly, Frozen) and exec produced by Tudyk, Fillion (Castle, Firefly) and author Haarsma, is loosely based on Tudyk’s and Fillion’s experiences with Firefly, and follows Wray Nerely (Tudyk), co-star of the fictional Spectrum, a beloved sci-fi TV series canceled before its time. Wray’s friend and Spectrum co-star Jack Moore (Fillion) has since become a major celebrity, while Wray is still looking for success, reluctantly making the rounds of sci-fi conventions and comic book store appearances. The series takes a behind-the-scenes look at fandom.
With the launch this summer of Comic-Con HQ, the web series’ first season, which debuted last September, will move exclusively to that platform. A second season will premiere in late 2016, and will follow Wray’s crossover attempts from the world of B-movie sci-fi to mainstream success, all without alienating his old fans and former co-stars.
Con Man was created with a record-breaking $3.2 million fundraising effort via 46,000 fans on Indiegogo, one of the largest crowdfunding campaigns ever, according to producers. Guest stars on the first season included Tricia Helfer, Amy Acker, Gina Torres, Sean Maher, Felicia Day, Seth Green, Mindy Sterling, Jewel Staite, Summer Glau, Sean Astin and filmmakers James Gunn (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Joss Whedon (Avengers). Season 2 guest stars have yet to be announced.
“Comic-Con HQ is all about capturing the spirit of the fan community, and in its own way, so is Con Man. Alan uniquely understands all sides of the fan experience and he’s captured it in such a farcical way that it’s as much parody as it is commentary around the power of fandom,” said Seth Laderman, EVP and General Manager, Comic-Con HQ.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the Comic-Con HQ family,” said Tudyk. “For a series that was born out of a passion for the genre and support from the fans, we couldn’t think of a better way to connect with our community.”
Season 1 will be available via Comic-Con HQ next month, following the platform’s May 7 beta launch on Free Comic Book Day. Subscribers who join Comic-Con HQ during the first two weeks of the beta launch will be entered to win a trip to San Diego Comic-Con 2016. Officially launching this summer, the paid subscription service will roll out to Roku, AppleTV and Xbox One, with additional distribution platforms available throughout the year.