It's hard to imagine good things coming out of the cancellation of Firefly, Josh Whedon's much-loved sci-fi show, yet here we are, over a decade later and two of its stars, Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion, are making a TV series lampooning the unfortunate axing. Called "Con Man", the pair started an Indiegogo campaign a few day ago to get funding and it has done rather well, to put it mildly.
Con Man's original goal was $US425,000. With 27 days left, it's sitting at a healthy $US1,811,660 and increasing by a hundred or so dollars a minute. It's sufficient to say that yes, it'll definitely be a thing without any further funding, but we all know it'll probably finish with a couple of million in the bank by mid-April.
As for the show itself, it'll star both Tudyk and Fillion, with the former in the lead role. You can read the pitch from Tudyk below — no points for guessing how Firefly's cancellation served as inspiration:
Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk-Me!) was a co-star on Spectrum, a sci-fi series which was canceled -Too Soon- yet became a cult classic. Wray’s good friend, Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion) starred in the series and has gone on to become a major movie star. While Jack enjoys the life of an A-lister, Wray tours the sci-fi circuit as a guest of conventions, comic book stores, and lots of pop culture events. The show will feature all the weird and crazy things that happen to Wray along the way to these events.
The series is a light-hearted take on the personalities, luminaries, and characters in the scifi community we are privileged to call ourselves members. Con Man is a way to share some of the surreal occurrences we have had, while telling the story of a guy learning to love and embrace his fans.
There's potential, for sure, though I'm not sure how much staying power it has. You can see a teaser in the video above, and the Indiegogo video here is well worth watching, especially for Firefly fans: