7:01am PT by Etan Vlessing
Amazon's 'The Tick' Renewed for Second Season
Amazon Studios has handed out a renewal to The Tick for a second season.
The new season of 10 more episodes of the half-hour superhero series will begin production in 2018 and is set to bow in 2019 exclusively on Prime Video in over 200 countries. The Tick is based on the acclaimed comic about an accountant who realizes his city is owned by a global supervillain long thought to be dead. He falls in with a strange blue superhero as he uncovers the conspiracy.
The creator of the series, Ben Edlund, will return along with leads Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick and Griffin Newman as Arthur, with additional casting to be announced.
"Ben has created a resounding hit while Peter and Griffin have brought Tick and Arthur to indelible life," said Sharon Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios in a statement.
Yguado, who helped turn The Walking Dead into a global phenomenon when she was at Fox International, in late 2017 took over responsibility for scripted programming at Amazon with an eye to an all-audience hit. Her arrival followed the exits of Joe Lewis, head of comedy and drama at the studio, and Roy Price as Amazon Studios head. Lewis' departure came in the wake of news he faced conflict of interest allegations at Amazon, where he cast his girlfriend, actress Yara Martinez, in The Tick.
The role, originally designed as a guest star in the pilot and conceived as a male character, was reworked after Martinez was cast and The Tick was picked up to series. She was elevated to series regular with the character retooled to a more prominent role.
"We can't wait to bring fans more of the Tick universe soon. I am so excited that Amazon wants to continue this wildly fruitful collaboration and that this amazing cast gets to stay together, and that we get to build this mythos further, wider, deeper, and taller," Ben Edlund, executive producer, added in his own statement as the series puts the recent executive purge at Amazon Studios behind it.
The first season of The Tick also starred Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez and Brendan Hines. The series, a co-production with Sony Pictures Television, is executive produced by Edlund, Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld.