You remember Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, don’t you? They starred together in a little known sci-fi TV series called Firefly, which was sadly cancelled before its time.
Or did they? Maybe they were really in a show called Spectrum, which was sadly cancelled before its time.
I’ll get back to that in a moment.
Fillion and Tudyk have since gone on to all kinds of exciting projects, including Drive, Castle and Suburgatory. But recently, they crowdfunded a Galaxy Quest-esque new web series written and directed by Tudyk called Con Man, about the stars of a cancelled sci-fi show called Spectrum. While the star of that show (Fillion) has since gone on to fame and fortune, co-star Tudyk is resorting to attending sci-fi conventions and the like to make ends meet, with all the issues that brings with it.
Given that the crowdfunding for Con Man managed to raise $3.2m, the third highest amount raised for a film campaign on any crowdfunding platform ever, don’t be surprised that first, the production values are actually quite high and that second, Fillion and Tudyk were able to invite some of their friends, former co-stars and general members of the ‘Whedonverse’ along for the ride, including:
- Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica)
- Amy Acker (Person of Interest, Angel)
- Gina Torres (Firefly, Suits)
- Sean Maher (Firefly)
- Felicia Day (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
- Seth Green (Family Guy, Austin Powers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
- Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers)
- Jewel Staite (Firefly)
- Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
- Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Arrow, The Cape)
- Sean Astin (Lord of The Rings)
- Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, The Whispers)
- James Gunn (director of Guardians of the Galaxy)
- Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Angel, Dollhouse, et al, and director of The Avengers)
Three new episodes of the series will premiere every Wednesday for four weeks at Vimeo.com/OnDemand/ConMan, and it’ll cost you $14.99/£9.99. I’ll try to review the first couple when I have a mo!
Here’s a trailer: