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Amazon has renewed The Tick for a 10-episode second season, which will premiere in 2019. Ben Edlund, creator of the show and the comic it's based on, will return alongside leads Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy) as the eponymous big blue bug superhero, and Griffin Newman as his reluctant sidekick Arthur.
“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,” Edlund said in a statement. “We got a good ball of mud spinning with the right tilt of axis, I’m very happy we have this opportunity to keep peopling it.”
In an interview with Gadgets 360 last year, Edlund had talked about having a five-season plan for his show: "I also kind of went into Amazon with a five-year plan more or less, a sense of a whole story with a beginning, middle, and end that I'm still intent on pursuing." The Amazon version of the character is the third time Edlund has adapted his own stories on the small screen.
“Ben has created a resounding hit while Peter and Griffin have brought Tick and Arthur to indelible life,” Sharon Yguado, Amazon Studios' head of scripted series, added. “We can’t wait to bring fans more of the Tick universe soon.”
The first season of The Tick has yet to be complete, with the second half arriving on February 23. When we reviewed the series, we found the addition of meaningful stakes and mental illness to be surprising elements in what started as a superhero parody. It could be a tad heavy for some, but Amazon seems to have the confidence it's on the right path.