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Cult Live-Action Comedy Coming Back

Mar 11, 2016  •  Post A Comment

A live-action comedy series that quickly built a cult following 15 years ago during its short run on Fox is making a comeback. Deadline.com reports that Amazon ordered a pilot for a new version of “The Tick.”

The Fox version of the show, which starred Patrick Warburton in the trademark blue Tick suit, lasted just nine episodes when it aired during the 2001-2002 TV season. But Deadline notes that the show was “well received by critics and quickly achieved cult status. Fifteen years later, it is still beloved by fans.”

It was the second TV show based on the character, following an animated 1994 series that lasted three seasons on the Fox Kids Block. All of the shows are based on “The Tick” comic book character created by cartoonist Ben Edlund in 1986.

Edlund, who was behind both of the previous TV series, is back as a writer and executive producer on the new project.

Deadline reports that Griffin Newman (“Vinyl”) will play Arthur Everest, and Valorie Curry (“House of Lies”) will play his sister Dot Everest in the pilot. Casting is under way for the lead.

the tick comic book cover

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  1. Making this series without Warburton is a mistake. While THE TICK is only as good as its ensemble, leading that ensemble are The Tick and his sidekick, Arthur. Warburton was BORN to play that part and he should he doing everything possible to either work it into the schedule for his crappy new network show or to get the he’ll out of his contract. I’d hate to see him not be able to return to THE TICK because of his new series only to see it get cancelled after it’s too late.

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