Con Man Season 2 Launches December 8 on Comic-Con HQ
Con Man, the web series starring Alan Tudyk as a washed-up actor on the convention circuit whose best-known role was on a long-ago-cancelled sci-fi series, is launching season 2 next week. Its new home is Comic-Con HQ, the on-demand subscription video service from Comic-Con International and Lionsgate.
Here’s the trailer:
Comic-Con HQ is available for $5.00 a month or $50 if you pay for a year at a time, but there’s a free trial available. Con Man season 2 becomes available on Thursday, December 8. I’m not sure how many episodes it will run, but season 1 had thirteen.
I had the pleasure of checking out screeners of the first few episodes, and I liked much about them. Nathan Fillion returns as the more successful co-star Jack Moore, working on putting together a movie deal for Spectrum, the sci-fi series they did together. Except Tudyk’s character Wray Nerely doesn’t want to do it, since he’s trying to break out of his pigeonhole.
It’s fun spotting cameos (although it means I have to watch with IMDB open on the browser). Episode 1 has Merrin Dungey (Alias), Echo Kellum (Arrow), Vik Sahay (Chuck), and the much-recognizable Beth Grant and Carol Mansell. Alison Haislip is Fillion’s assistant Faith. Later on, we see Jonathan Slavin (Better Off Ted), Stephen Root (NewsRadio), and Jon Huertas (Castle).
I also found the entertainment jokes much funnier this time around, particularly in Fillion’s session with his agents. We aren’t in the convention space any more — which is good, since that allowed for too-easy, unfunny jokes that were based just on showing the types that populate that world. Instead, we’re looking at career considerations, such as whether “real actors” do ads, and the conflict between artistic integrity and the business part of show business. I wish the whole show was about that, since the bits focusing only on Tudyk have too much body function grossness for me.
At under fifteen minutes an episode, this is a great little chunk of entertainment, particularly for media fans.