I always knew Sebastian La Cause would go out on top.
His enormously popular web series "Hustling" starts its third and final season Dec. 31.
A lot of our favorite actors and characters are coming back, La Cause promises, as well as some great new talent. "Marc Sinoway from the popular 'Hunting Season' appears in a few episodes and the beautiful transgender actress Jamie Clayton of the award winning web series 'Dirty Work' also makes a guest appearance," he says, adding the show will also feature Broadway star and the cowboy in the new Village People Jim Newman and the stunning Mara Davi from Broadway and NBC's "Smash" returns as well.
La Cause has proven to be an uber (instead of triple) threat in the entertainment world with the creation of this series about a man who realizes that he can't be a porn star past the age of 40 so he tries to find a new legitimate career, encountering obstacles and prejudice along the way. La Cause stars in the show as well as wrote, directed, produced, edited, marketed and at one time he said he's even "acted as crafts service and the prop master."
According to La Cause, season three will have nine episodes and will be released in parts. "The first four are available Dec. 31 and the rest the latter part of January," he says. "I want viewers to be able to take part in the new trend in television...binge watching. People love to hunker down and watch several episodes of their favorite shows in one sitting," he says. "Gone are the days of watching content in real time and gone are the days of waiting each week for a new episode - or should I say, those days are numbered. I wanted to be one of the first independently produced, low-budget series to do that."
He adds that he doesn't want this to be the end of 'Hustling" as he thinks it has incredible potential. "It has a loyal fan base that is growing by leaps and bounds each day, " he says. "We have had two successful Kickstarter campaigns and the series is nearing one millions views. Which is astounding." For the most part, the production of "Hustling" has been a one man show and no other production companies or networks or distributors come on board. "Would I love to be picked up? You bet your ass I would," he says. "But the attention, the audience and the awards that the show has garnered have come organically from the appeal of the show and the sheer will of its creator and from the support of the cast to help me spread the word - real grass roots; real mom and pop stuff here."
He decided to only do three seasons because he felt that it was time for the show to move on from the web or be done. "Yes, this is the last season but I do leave the door open in the season finale for it to continue," he says. "Producing a show like 'Hustling' at this level is a ton of work. Work that I love and that has inspired me and changed my life for the better but a lot of work nonetheless," he says. "I have help producing the show, but the majority of grunt work I do myself. "
The show is one of the first web series to ignite the cyber world with original narrative content and La Cause's forward thinking not only makes him a pioneer of such media but a well lauded one as well. Every season of "Hustling" has won awards. Not one to stand on a pedestal, I kind of had to push the question to La Cause to see what awards the show has won. He finally told me that the first season the show won Best Actor (for La Cause) at the Indie Series Awards as well as two Groovy Awards including Grooviest Actor (La Cause) and Hottest Hunk (La Cause). He said Season two the show receiveded seven ISA nominations including wins for Best Actor (La Cause) and Best Ensemble as well as the nominations for Best Actress (Jessica Press), Best Supporting Actress (Daphne Rubin-Vega, Tony nominee for "Rent"). The show also won more Groovy Awards including another one for La Cause and Drama as well as Grooviest Guest Star (Gerald McCullouch from TV's "CSI" and independent movies such as "BearCity.")
La Cause is proud of the show's accomplishments and awards and says, "In 2013 we received our highest achievement yet. We were an official Webby Award Honoree in the Drama category. That was huge for us. We were in great company. It was a huge honor."
In talking with La Cause about awards, while he's personally humbled and doesn't do it for awards, the recognition make his hard work feel appreciated. We even kind of joked that there really is not big awards per se for web shows much like the Cable ACE Awards were formed when the Emmy Awards shunned cable TV back in the day. I even went on to suggest that perhaps web series should be included with the Daytime Emmy Awards as so many dramas (soap operas) are gone from regular television, causing the same few shows to be nominated year after year as there is no other options.
"I also have other stories that I want to tell," he says, pointing out he's also produced, directed and edited another series entitled "He's With Me." See it at www.heswithme.tv.
If you're not already a "Hustling" subscriber, binge watch seasons one and two today and start Season three tomorrow at www.hustlingthewebseries.com.