Whenever the name Felicia Day is attached to a digital project, the results are going to be entertaining, to say the least. A few years back, the actress created “The Guild,” a cult web series that still draws questions whenever she appears at the San Diego Comic-Con and WonderCon in Anaheim.
A driving force behind Geek and Sundry, Day also serves as an executive producer on “Spooked,” a series co-produced with Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry productions. The digital series follows a “Paranormal Investigation Team” (P.I.T.) as they delve into mysteries across the country. Suffice it to say, this crew poses no threat to the Ghostbusters or Scooby-Doo.
Ashley Johnson (“The Killing”) and Neil Grayston (“Eureka”) play two members of the team. Episode 3 also features Tom Lenk (“The Cabin in the Woods”) as a man who contacts P.I.T. because his brother’s spirit is haunting him.
“Felicia is a good friend of mine, so whenever she asks me to do something, I am always like ‘Yeah, for sure! Whatever you want,” Lenk said when reached by phone for an interview. “I had worked with Ashley on ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’ That was one of the other drawing cards: I get to hang out with my friends.”
Changing the way that things are done on the Internet
Speaking of “Much Ado About Nothing,” Joss Whedon’s adaptation of the Shakespeare play, Lenk mentioned how Whedon has helped change the way things are done on TV. In much the same way, Felicia Day blazed a creative trail on the Internet, beginning with “The Guild.”
“You know something is a hit when my mom is talking about it,” Lenk explained about the popularity of “The Guild.” “A web series had not had that much effect yet. When it’s reaching my mom out in the suburbs, you know something is happening. I think [Day] changed the way shows were happening online, and really paved the way for a lot of people to have the freedom to make content that was going directly to the people who were watching it.”
Lenk stays busy with a recurring role on Lifetime’s “The Witches of East End” and lending his voice to a Nickelodeon cartoon project. Still, he seems ready, willing, and able to join Day on another Geek and Sundry series whenever she needs him.
“I previously did this thing where me and Felicia were playing weird instruments for her vlog,” he said. “It was so fun because this was all coming from Felicia’s head: ‘Why don’t we play musical instruments? What do you think about that?'”