Back in early September of 2013, Harry Knowles, who writes about what he feels when he sees movies on Aint it Cool News, successfully funded a Kickstarter to continue his webshow, Aint it Cool. The first season underperformed on Nerdist’s YouTube channel but Harry wanted to do more episodes so he turned to Kickstarter. He ultimately raised $128,000 (reasonably above his goal of $100,000). Then came the controversy. Rewards weren’t delivered, updates on the Kickstarter page weren’t delivered, and Harry actually began banning people on his site who asked about it, according to dozens of posters. Apparently, he has indeed finished his new webseries because he announced at a film festival (not on his Kickstarter page to his actual backers) that he would be premiering the show first on his local PBS station.
Initially, he strongly implied that his backers would get to see the show online first, but that apparently will not be the case as it PBS station KLRU in Austin will air the seven episodes beginning February 7th at 7pm. Below is a trailer for his second season. Unfortunately, many of the clips he used appear to be repurposed cut footage from season one or at the least completed from almost two years ago so we are left wondering how this footage can still be relevant? Also, his Kickstarter promised there would be a studio audience (it was even a reward) but the footage gives no indication that has been added. Perhaps most egregiously for a supposed film review show, the highlight reel he presents indicates that his guest Wes Craven directed Prince of Darkness. That movie was actually directed by John Carpenter.
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Backers must surely be wondering where their money has gone to produce just 7 short episodes when content creators like Red Letter Media produce hour-long episodes of movie reviews on a nearly weekly basis with big sets and regularly have guests join them! It will be interesting to see if the criticism begins to go away now that Knowles has come through with his web show as promised. Will his backers speak up about receiving their rewards? Will we learn what additional funding PBS may have provided and where the money actually went? Time will tell.