Amazon’s The Tick TV series was one of three new comedy pilots they put in a series order for.
Over the past couple of months, the e-tail giant has been running an experiment called Amazon Pilot Season. They’ve offered Amazon customers the chance to view the pilots for three new comedy series, and then provide feedback on the different pilots and, as they phrase it, “Help choose the next Amazon Original Series.”
The three pilots offered were I Love Dick (with Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn), Jean-Claude Van Johnson (with Jean-Claude Van Damme) and The Tick (with Peter Serafinowicz and Griffin Newman). Well, the results are in, and apparently the feedback from Amazon customers was really good because all three series have been picked up for a full first season order. Which, well, that’s fine for Dick and Johnson (snicker, snicker), but what we really care about is Amazon’s The Tick TV series. And this is great news.
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OK, first, really quick, for those who don’t know, here’s a really quick description of what The Tick is about. A strange alien object landed in 1908 and started the dawn of the age of superheroes. Fast forward to modern times, and superheroes (and villains) are well established. Unpowered, underdog accountant Arthur discovers that a supervillain long thought dead is actually still very much alive and in charge. And as he works to uncover the conspiracy, he meets The Tick, the “everything else” to his brains.
OK. So, why’s the series getting picked up great news? First, Serafinowicz as The Tick and Newman as Arthur. They fit together well, and even from just the pilot, you can sense a chemistry that feels like they can definitely build on. Second, Jackie Earl Haley as the supervillain, The Terror. (Who flies around in a giant “T”.) I love Haley. He was the best part of Watchmen, he was a total blast in Human Target as Guerrero (a show cancelled well before its time), he’s a solid all-around actor, and after (seemingly) bowing out of Preacher after Season 1, he needs a show. And The Tick is that show.
And finally? Ben Edlund. He created the Tick comic, he’s writing for the show, and it shows. Also, it doesn’t hurt that Wally Pfister was there to direct the pilot. Between this and Flaked, I’d say he’s got a future as a TV director should he ever want to take a break from being a kick-ass DP and Chris Nolan’s go-to guy.
Amazon hasn’t set an exact release date yet, but they did say it would be coming to series “next year on Prime Video.”
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