Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle are the creators of acclaimed television series ‘The Pretender’ starring Michael Weiss. There’s something they managed to do with the original show run that is worth noting, not only did they have a popular show, but it also ended up being a cult phenomenon too and attracts legions of fans around the globe. That’s pretty rare and pretty special and it’s something that very few people achieve. The Pretender ran originally from 1996 to the year 2000 and followed the exploits of Jarod, an almost super-human savant on the run from Miss Parker and ‘The Centre’ a shadowy unexplained corporation that took Jarod as a young boy and raised him as a tool for their own clandestine work. Jarod could instantly adopt the skills and abilities of people whom he cam into contact with (thus being ‘The Pretender’) and worked to try and uncover his past, information about his parents and continue staying one step ahead of his captors. In over a decade since the show ended fans have had two live action movies to continue the story, but have also had questions that they want answered. Now Steven and Craig are returning to give them those answers in a wide variety of media formats. They have begun in earnest with two prose novels – the newest, ‘The Pretender: Saving Luke’ is out now – and are following up with graphic novels, potentially interactive media and most importantly, interactions with fans. Towards the end of the show we really start to understand how much The Pretender fans have been a part of the comeback of this fabulous fantasy world. Craig and Steven reached out to their fan community and the community reached back, shortly after posting a fictional note on their website, a picture came through that would change the way even they understood their fans, shortly after that… another one… and the rest as they say, is… well the future. Craig and Steven are friends of the show now and I’m looking forward to the next time they stop by to tell us what they’re up to – maybe it will be on camera!
Notes: Thanks to Kimberly for noticing my mistake, I corrected it!