At the end of last year, we were all treated to the launch of Kings of Con – a show created by Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr., which launched through Comic-Con HQ, an online streaming service geared towards convention related programs that was starting to get their foot in with original programming.
The network already had Con Man From Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, as well as Pop Culture Quest with Mark Hamill.
As Rob and Rich are seasoned con-veterans, they made an idea for a show that mirrored what some of their experiences were, but with exaggerated versions. They launched an IndieGoGo campaign for the project and set the goal at $100,000. At the end of the project, the two raised over $279,000.
If you don’t know Rob and Rich, you should. Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr., played Chuck and Gabriel, respectively, on The CW’s Supernatural. They’ve long been fan favorites, appearing at many Supernatural conventions, eventually becoming the hosts and Rob’s band, Louden Swain, would also take over the weekend with music and holding a Saturday Night Special concert. Fans loved the two and loved their friendship with each other, so a show about their experiences drove fans to want to fund the project.
In late 2016, Comic-Con HQ launched Kings of Con, with the first two episodes being released on Youtube. Episode 1 currently has almost 100,000 view on it, while episode 2 has 66,000 views. These videos are the two videos with the most views on Comic-Con HQ’s Youtube Channel, aside from a first episode of Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest.
People were loving the series and could not get enough. There were a lot of guest stars in the show and a great reaction to how funny and well written the show was. They also had an after show, “Kings of Conversation”, where they’d go live on Youtube on the day new episodes aired and play fun games, music, and talk to guest stars.
As the show progressed, you heard nothing except a love for it and a desire for a second season. I think part of the reason the show succeeded so well among fans was because of its approach to conventions. There’s many conventions that happen all over the world each year as fans travel to see their favorite actors, authors, music acts, etc. The thing that Kings of Con does best? It doesn’t make fun of their target audience. There’s other shows that use the convention crowd as a gimmick, making fun of the people that attend them. However, Kings of Con embraces that. They don’t use their audience as a punchline; they embrace them and show the world how great convention goers are.
As the season came to a close, there were many tweets, Facebook posts, website articles, etc. about how this show needed a second season. We agreed; we couldn’t get enough of it. However as the days and weeks passed by, there was radio silence. You’d see posts from fans asking still where Season 2 was, or any sort of update on it.
Rob and Rich were fairly silent on it, but it seems that Comic-Con HQ has cancelled the show, according to a recent petition.
The petition, which has been supported by both Rob and Rich, states that the streaming service cancelled the show and the petition asks for another network – Netflix in particular – to pick it up.
Over 8,000 signatures have been added to that petition.
If this truly is the case and Comic-Con HQ has cancelled the show, all we can say is what a shame. The audience was large, the content great and it’s a tragedy for the service to lose it.
Will it get picked up for another network? We hope so. Netflix would be a good start, Hulu too. However, we hope that if a network doesn’t pick it up, Rob and Rich would continue it in some capacity.
Maybe launch another fundraiser to help fund it and then release it on a service themselves, or a digital download.
Either way, whatever Rob, Rich and the show do, we’re behind them 100%.
You can sign the petition -> here!