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It’s been quite a week of ups and downs for Amazon Original productions.
Following on from last year’s triumph that was securing the rights to produce a series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (as well as some less than triumphant series of events that lead to Amazon Studios‘ President Roy Price being fired), company founder Jeff Bezos has called for bigger, broader series to be produced that will have the potential to perform well on an international scale.
This lead to three Amazon Original series – I Love Dick, One Mississippi and Jean-Claude Van Johnson – all being cancelled earlier this week (as reported by Variety).
However, one series that avoided the chopping block was The Tick, and Amazon has actually renewed the superhero-spoof series for a second series!
The series, which is based on the New England comics series of the same name, stars Peter Serafinowicz as the titular Tick alongside Griffin Newman as his sidekick Arthur.
The series featured creator Ben Edlund on-board as executive producer, and it is expected Edlund will return to the role.
The second season will also have Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld acting as executive producers, with Kit Boss alongside as co-executive producer.
The series focuses on the nigh-invulnerable Tick, defender of The City, and Arthur, his mild-mannered and long-suffering accountant sidekick.
Together, they set out on a series of events to uncover the identity of the mysterious figure behind The City’s criminal underworld.
Season one starred the aforementioned Serafinowicz and Newman as the Tick and Arthur respectively, as well as Jackie Earle Haley as the villainous The Terror, Valorie Curry as Dot, Brendan Hines as Superian, Yara Martinez as Miss Lint, Scott Speiser as Overkill, Michael Cerveris as Ramses IV and Alan Tudyk as the voice of Dangerboat.