Some unexpected news this afternoon as word has broken that the superhero comedy series The Tick will not be returning to Prime Video for a third season. Ben Edlund, creator of the series and the comic, has confirmed on Twitter that Amazon has cancelled the show but that it will be shopped around to other venues::
I’m sorry to say Amazon has chosen not to proceed with @TheTickTV I’m not sorry to say I love this show, its cast, its story, and its message. Destiny demands that my compatriots and I now seek a new home for this series.
— ben_edlund (@ben_edlund) May 16, 2019
This is somewhat surprising seeing has the show has been well received by critics and fans, holding a 100% Fresh Rating at Rotten Tomatoes with a 97% Audience Score for its current season. I had also thought that The Tick was doing well with its viewership, but it’s always hard to tell seeing as the streaming services keep those numbers under lock and key.
The Tick was one of the last of Amazon’s “pilot season” shows where viewers were given the chance to vote for several pilots that the streaming service made available. The pilot was released in 2016 and the acclaimed first season debuted in 2017. The second season was released earlier this month, and the show appeared to be on target for a third season renewal. Edlund did not give a reason why the show was cancelled, but he does appear to be determined to find another venue that will be interested in carrying it forward. Fans need to take this as a Call to Action and start making some noise on the social networks to give the show a boost (#SaveTheTick started trending already on Twitter) as its creator tries to find it a new home.
The Tick follows the titular hero who is a well-meaning, super powerful, but somewhat dense hero determined to fight evil in his city. Aiding him in his efforts is his mild-mannered sidekick who takes on the guise of The Moth, as well as other assorted superheroes. It stars Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez, and Jackie Earle Haley. There was previously a short-lived live-action The Tick series that aired on FOX in 2001 and starred Patrick Warburton, David Burke, Nestor Carbonell, Liz Vassey.
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