We first learned that NBC was interested in a DC Comics based single camera workplace comedy back in August of 2015. Eventually more news came out like it’s title (Powerless), and it seemed pretty interesting.
And we’re going to get to see it too.
Variety is reporting that NBC has picked up the show for the 2016-2017 season. Powerless‘s set up is pretty simple, as it follows the lives of ordinary insurance claims adjusters in world where superheroes are real… and breaking the crap out of cities all the time.
The cast for the show is incredibly solid, as it stars Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, and Christina Kirk. I mean, Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk, at the same time? That alone has me excited, as Community and Firefly were literally two of the best shows to ever air on network television. Ben Queen and Michael Patrick Jann will executive produce the show, with the two having written and directed the pilot respectively.
I’m going to admit I was a bit skeptical when the concept was first announced, but the further this project comes along the more I’m getting excited about it. With a solid cast and an almost Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead quality to the concept, the whole thing has grown on me.
Last spring Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion launched a crowdfunding campaign to make “Con Man,” a series written and directed by Tudyk about an actor who peaked making a cult Scifi TV series in the early 2000s and spends his time doing convention appearances (and his much more successful former co-star who has gone on to significantly more success).
To say it’s mildly based on an exaggerated version of reality would probably be an understatement.
Anyway, the series premieres this September, and they now have a trailer out. and it looks hilarious.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we remember the late Terry Pratchett, dive into Nick and Pher’s weekend at Kitsune Kon, lament CHI-FI’s inability to do PR or communicate, get amazed by the antics of Fantasticon Milwaukee, talk about the No Boys Dorm Kickstarter, entertain the idea of the “Con Man” webseries, and get confused by Mallrats 2 being a thing.
Also, Sony is screwing up the Ghostbusters franchise, big time.
On Tuesday, Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion rolled out an IndieGogo campaign for a new webseries written by Tudyk titled “Con Man.” By Wednesday night, it reached 200% of its goal. And the numbers keep going up.
So this is a thing that is totally happening.
Con Man is a webseries that will follow an actor (played by Tudyk) who had co-starred as the pilot on a science fiction show that was cancelled far too soon. Fillion will play the actor who was the Captain on said series. If this is sounding familiar, it should.
Fillion’s character will have gone on to great fame and success, but Tudyk’s character has been toiling in obscurity, making his living doing convention appearances.
And, as I have long insisted, the people running conventions are probably the most entertaining and weird part of any event.
Here’s the introductory video for the campaign:
You can find the Indigogo campaign here, and the campaign runs until April 10th if you still want to contribute.