Con Man is making the leap from online to cable TV. Syfy has acquired the web series created by Alan Tudyk and executive produced by PJ Haarsma. Seasons one and two will premiere on Syfy in September.
First created with the help and donations made by fans during a crowdfunding campaign, Con Man quickly grew into a critically-acclaimed web series. Since then, a mobile game and comic book for the show have also been produced. The first two seasons debuted on Vimeo and Comic-Con HQ, respectively.
A veritable who’s-who of the geek world has starred or guest starred on the show. In addition to Tudyk, Nathan Fillion, Mindy Sterling, Amy Acker, Sean Astin, Tricia Helfer, Felicia Day, Casper Van Dien, Nolan North, Alison Haislip, Michael Trucco, Sky Haarsma, Seth Green, and Wil Wheaton have all been on the show. As you’d expect, the series takes some pretty funny (and honest) jabs at geek conventions, fans, sci-fi, and the life of an actor.
Con Man also recently received two Emmy nominations in the short form comedy or drama category. The show is a fictionalized story of a washed up sci-fi actor, Wray Nerely (Tudyk), who spends his time on the convention circuit being hounded by fans of his old show, Spectrum. Meanwhile, his former costar (Fillion) is a successful actor with a hit show and living the life Wray really wants for himself.
The series’ move to Syfy may be an indication that more seasons are on the way, but no announcement has been made. Last week at San Diego Comic Con, the Con Man panel treated fans to a special performance of the hoedown musical number from season two.
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