Well here’s some welcome news to start the week. Having recently aired on Amazon, it has been confirmed that the live-action pilot of The Tick will be ordered for a full season by Amazon.
Taking place in a world where superheroes have been real for decades, The Tick concerns an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realise his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero, played by Peter Serafinowicz.
Created by Ben Edlund 1986, The Tick has traversed comic-book form into both animated and live-action TV series. In his latest form, we’re hoping that is zany and offbeat antics will provide a welcome counterpart to the more blockbuster-y superhero series and films out there – although since there’a absolutely nothing like this out there, we’re sure it’ll do just fine.
Speaking about The Tick‘s renewal – as well as that of fellow Amazon shows, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson, Joe Lewis, the Head of Half-Hour Series at Amazon Studios, said, “These pilots were vast in scope, disruptive in tone, challenging in story and sometimes even funny… It’s rewarding to see customers embrace them in such a huge way. We can’t wait to premiere these series next year on Prime Video.”
It is expecting to retain cast members Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane The Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series Of Unfortunate Events) are attached as executive producers, with Wally Pfister (Transcendence) having directed the pilot and Edlund on script-writing duties.
Season 1 of The Tick will air on Amazon sometime in 2017. For all the latest TV news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.