Unscripted

Syfy’s “Fangasm” to premiere in September

The U.S. cable network is to begin airing a reality series about a group of interns (pictured) working for Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo on September 24.
August 13, 2013

U.S. cable network Syfy is to begin airing a reality series about people working at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo next month.

Premiering on September 24, Fangasm (formerly known as Fandemonium, pictured) is produced by 495 Productions and follows seven interns who live and work at the sci-fi, anime, horror and pop culture convention, and are obsessed with things like comic books, collectibles, science fiction and live-action role playing games.

The series promises lots of personality conflict and heated debates about superheroes, zombies and topics such as Star Wars vs. Star Trek.

The Expo takes place every November in Los Angeles and is run by comic writer Lee, Regina Carpinelli and Cassandra Peterson, a.k.a. Elvira Mistress of the Dark.

In the lead-up to the event the interns spend the summer jockeying for jobs at the company, carrying out various assignments in the field and at the Comikaze Expo headquarters, pitching comic book ideas to Lee and cleaning out Peterson’s storage space. Star Trek actor George Takei also makes an appearance.

SallyAnn Salsano and Joel Zimmer serve as executive producers on the series for 495 Productions.

The news comes as another reality series with a fantasy role-playing angle, Heroes of Cosplay, is due to begin airing on Syfy on August 20.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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