Jon Heder to star in online series

Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:55am EDT
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Jon Heder, who starred in "Napoleon Dynamite" and skated opposite Will Ferrell in "Blades of Glory," is venturing into digital entertainment as the star of the zombie comedy "Woke Up Dead."

The scripted online series, created by John Fascano and being produced by Electric Farm Entertainment, centers on a University of Southern California student who wakes up underwater in the bathtub one morning and suspects that he might be dead.

"Dead," which was developed with Heder in mind for the lead, will comprise 50 three-minute episodes for online and mobile distribution in the U.S.

The sci-fi comedy thriller marks an evolution for Electric Farms because it's live-action with limited CGI elements. (Its first online drama, "Afterworld," is a 2.5-D-animated series, while the sci-fi "Gemini Division," starring Rosario Dawson, features elaborate 3-D animated backgrounds.)

Sony Pictures TV International is co-producing and will internationally distribute "Dead" on mobile, broadband and traditional TV.

Heder recently wrapped the feature comedy "When in Rome," which stars Kristen Bell.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Cast member Jon Heder attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Blades of Glory" held at the Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood March 28, 2007. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>