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The Tick review: a laugh-out-loud superhero satire

Ron Hogan Aug 25, 2017

The Tick, out now on Amazon Prime Video, is huge fun. Here's how the show achieves what its creator envisioned 21 years ago...

In 1994, I was about to be a freshman in high school. Despite being “too old” for cartoons, there wasn’t really anything else on television on Saturday mornings while I was waiting for wrestling to show up on my television screen. I remember most of the cartoons I saw only in the vaguest terms: the creepy face of Louie Anderson’s gargoyle animated child or a screaming purple cat. I know the name of both shows because I looked them up prior to writing this article, but I couldn’t tell you anything about them. However, one show I watched regularly in the mid to late 90s stuck with me well into adulthood, and that’s the 1994-96 animated version of The Tick.

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The Tick: Superhero Comedy Series Ordered by Amazon

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Amazon has ordered The Tick TV show reboot to series. The pilot cast includes: Peter Serafinowicz , Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez, and Brendan Hines. A co-production with Sony Pictures Television, The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund, Barry Josephson, and Barry Sonnenfeld.Wally Pfister directed the pilot which was written by Edlund, creator of the comic book character, and the 2001 TV series starring Patrick Warburton and David Burke. The streamer also greenlit I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Get the details from this multi-show press release.Read More…
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The Tick Finds New Life With An Amazon Pilot Order

When Ben Edlund first created the character The Tick as a newsletter mascot for New England Comics, he could hardly have known that his creation would be embraced by millions as a popular icon. Now, thirty years later, the writer and artist finds himself breathing new, live-action life into the concept, as Amazon orders a series pilot.

First appearing in 1986 as a spoof comic book superhero, The Tick earned his own independent comic book series in 1988, which was adapted into an animated series in 1994. A 9 episode live-action series aired on Fox in 2001, and starred Patrick Warburton as the titular hero, supported by David Burke, Nestor Carbonell and Liz Vassey.

For those unfamiliar with the character, the Tick has super human strength and mass, and is almost invulnerable. He also has “drama power,” which causes his super powers to increase in conjunction with the level of dramatic tension in a situation
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The Tick Is Coming Back To TV

The Tick is coming back to TV as Amazon has made a commitment for a pilot episode of a brand-new, live-action show. Sadly, Patrick Warburton will not be reprising his role as the titular hero (due to his commitment on another TV show) although he will serve as an executive producer. According to Deadline--- In the new incarnation, the blue suit-wearing Tick is recovering from a memory loss. He ends up re-teaming with Arthur to fight evil. Newman’s Arthur, played in the Fox series by David Burke, had been labeled as a schizophrenic because of his statements that evil plans to rule the city, and no one believes him until he runs into Tick. Curry’s Dot Everest is a nurse who loves her brother Arthur to death and worries about him. While we don't know who will be playing the Tick, Griffin Newman has been cast as Aruthur.
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'The Tick' TV Reboot Finally Happening, Patrick Warburton Won't Return

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'The Tick' TV Reboot Finally Happening, Patrick Warburton Won't Return
Back in 2014, rumors surfaced that Amazon Studios and The Tick creator Ben Edlund were in talks to bring the cult classic series back, which would have Patrick Warburton reprising his role as the title character. Deadline reports that, nearly a year and a half later, Amazon Studios has ordered a pilot episode for this reboot, although Patrick Warburton won't be back as the title character. The actor currently stars on NBC's new comedy series Crowded, which debuts on March 15, so he won't be available to star in the pilot. But he will be on board as an executive producer.

The site reports that Griffin Newman and Valorie Curry have come aboard to star as siblings Arthur and Dot Everest in The Tick, although the title character has yet to be cast. Wally Pfister (Transcendence) is in talks to direct the pilot episode from Ben Edlund's script. Casting for the
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2015 Black List screenplays revealed

2015 Black List screenplays revealed
Film execs have voted for their favourite unproduced Us screenplays.

A script about Michael Jackson’s pet chimp Bubbles and a Moon-based roadtrip adventure are both on this year’s Black List of “most liked” unproduced screenplays in Hollywood.

The annual list, which was first published in 2005, surveys around 500 film executives on their favourite unmade scripts, with a typical response rate of 60%.

This year’s list features 81 screenplays, and was revealed in a series of Youtube videos hosted by the likes of Channing Tatum, Ava DuVernay and Lily James.

2015’s top screenplay is Isaac Adamson’s Bubbles, the story of the late pop star Michael Jackson’s life told through the narration of his pep chimp Bubbles.

Previous films on the list include Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech and Ben Affleck’s Argo, all of which went on to win best picture Oscars.

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'The Tick' TV Show Reboot Confirmed by Creator Ben Edlund

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'The Tick' TV Show Reboot Confirmed by Creator Ben Edlund
Over the weekend, we reported that the cult classic series The Tick, which only ran for nine episodes before it was cancelled in early 2002, may be coming back as a pilot for Amazon Studios. Ben Edlund, who created the series, revealed on Twitter that the reports are true, and a reboot is being "pursued with vigor."

Yes for now suffice it to say the dream of a new live-action Tick is being pursued with vigor #bringbackTheTick

— ben_edlund (@ben_edlund) August 31, 2014

Series star Patrick Warburton worked out a deal with Sony Pictures Television, who has controlled the rights to The Tick ever since its cancellation, to move forward with an Amazon Studios pilot. While it remains to be seen whether or not the show will be picked up, longtime fans of The Tick will at least get one new episode to watch.

Amazon Studios always makes their pilot episodes available
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The Tick Revival Is Underway—Yes, The Tick!

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The Tick Revival Is Underway—Yes, The Tick!
Spoon! The Tick could be coming back to life. Yes, we're talking about that show based on a comic book from the 1980s that also had a cartoon in the 1990s. Patrick Warburton, David Burke, Nestor Carbonell and Liz Vassey starred in the very short-lived—we're talking nine episodes—series for Fox that ran from 2001-2002. Creator Ben Edlund confirmed revival talks on Twitter, but didn't share many more details. "Yes for now suffice it to say the dream of a new live-action Tick is being pursued with vigor #bringbackTheTick," he tweeted. The Tick followed a superhero with immense strength and mass. His background changed from comic to cartoon to series, but in the...
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[Update] Is Patrick Warburton Reprising His Role as the Tick?

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A rumor started speading that Patrick Warburton may be coming back to the Cathode Ray Tubes of our hearts!

The Tick was originally created in 1986 by Ben Edlund as a mascot for the New England Comics newsletters. He quickly won the hearts of the American people and became a successful Saturday morning cartoon through the Fox network in 1994, lasting 3 seasons.

After the shows success Fox decided to up the ante by making it a live-action show starring Patrick Warburton as The Tick, David Burke as Arthur, Nestor Carbonell as Batmanuel, and Liz Vassey as Captain Liberty. However, true to form, Fox, pulled the plug after only nine episodes...Nine...even though everyone loved it and so did the cast and crew.

Toon Disney and ABC Family picked up the cartoon in 2005 before it was finally released on DVD.

Friday, August 29th, 2014 the rumor started jumping rooftops that Amazon is going
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The Tick TV Series Could Return

The Tick TV Series Could Return
It only lasted nine episodes on TV back in 2001 and delivered paltry ratings, but for those who enjoy their comedies on the cult side, The Tick remains a fond memory. Now it appears that the show – including star Patrick Warburton – could get a second chance at life via Amazon.Originally created by Ben Edlund in 1986 as a newsletter mascot for a comic shop, the character evolved into an indie comic in 1988 before graduating to bigger things with an animated series that ran for three seasons starting in 1994. From there, it spawned the live-action series that featured Warburton as the titular goof, a good-natured parody of superheroes. David Burke played Arthur, his put-upon sidekick, while Liz Vassey was female hero Captain Liberty and Nestor Carbonell was Batmanuel who… look, you can work it out from the name, okay? Despite great reviews, the series was soon shut down even though the character
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Amazon and Fox To Revive "The Tick"?

A surprise report has popped up indicating both Fox and Amazon have made a deal for the latter to do a new live-action series based on Ben Edlund‘s "The Tick".

The original Fox series aired in 2001 and revolved around a giant, good-natured if somewhat dimwitted and bumbling superhero played by Patrick Warburton. Along the way he was helped by his moth-costumed sidekick Arthur (David Burke), wannabe lothario Batmanuel (Nestor Carbonell), and buxom beauty Captain Liberty (Liz Vassey).

Though it ran for just nine episodes, it's looked back on fondly as being ahead of its time and is a cult hit thanks to its affectionate skewering of superhero stories.

Now, People magazine has reported on the news saying that Warburton "recently inked a deal with Amazon and Sony to reprise his role, with Edlund producing and writing."

None of the stars or company's mentioned in the report have confirmed the
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The Tick: Amazon Reviving Patrick Warburton TV Series?

It sounds like the "big blue bug of justice" might be returning. According to a People source, Amazon has made a deal to revive The Tick as a TV series.

According to the report, Patrick Warburton has signed a deal with Sony and Amazon to reprise his comedy hero role. Ben Edlund, creator of The Tick comic books, will produce and write the new TV show.

The Tick was created in 1986 as a mascot for the New England Comics chain of comic stores. He became the subject of his own comic in 1988 and then a Fox animated series that ran for three seasons in the 1990s.

Starring Warburton, David Burke, Nestor Carbonell, and Liz Vassey, the live-action version of The Tick debuted in 2001 but didn't find a large audience. It was cancelled after nine episodes, in early
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'The Tick' TV Show with Patrick Warburton Revived on Amazon?

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'The Tick' TV Show with Patrick Warburton Revived on Amazon?
"Spooooon!" The Tick is back to save the day! More than 13 years after it first debuted on Fox, the short lived superhero spoof The Tick may be returning for all-new episodes on Amazon. People reports that Patrick Warburton will even be back to play the lead character.

Riding high on his fame as David Puddy when Seinfeld came to a close, Patrick Warburton channeled that same persona into the short lived Fox superhero series The Tick. It only ran for 9 episodes, and was often sighted for being a little too much like Seinfeld in tights, with its four costumed crime fighters squabbling about their daily routine in a local diner. While it was quickly canceled, it has been a mainstay on DVD and streaming services for the past decade, and it has amassed a quiet fan base of devotees.

The Tick was based on a popular comic book by Ben Edlund
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Report: Amazon to Revive The Tick, Starring Patrick Warburton

Report: Amazon to Revive The Tick, Starring Patrick Warburton
Continuing the theme of reviving unlikely TV superheroes….

Amazon is said to be interested in reviving The Tick, the unabashedly costumed crimefighter played by Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, Rules of Engagement), a source tells People.com.

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Also starring Nestor Carbonell (Lost) as Batmanuel, Liz Vassey (All My Children) as Captain Liberty and David Burke (Brothers & Sisters) as Arthur, the live-action Tick originally ran for nine episodes on Fox in 2001.

Per People.com, Ben Edlund — author of the comic book series that birthed The Tick, and who also had a hand
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Rumor: Is Amazon Bringing Back The Tick with Patrick Warburton?

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We’ve already told you about The Greatest American Hero reboot this evening. Now how about one for The Tick to go along with it? It’s being reported that Amazon is moving forward with a new The Tick series with Patrick Warburton returning to play the title character. It all began with Ben Edlund’s comic back in the 80s, then The Tick got his own animated TV show after which Warburton portrayed the character in a live-action sitcom that wound up getting canceled after just nine episodes. Hit the jump for more on what Amazon has planned for the show. According to People, Warburton has already signed on the dotted line and Edlund is also locked to write and produce the show, but there's not much more to it than that. There's no mention of who’s involved besides Edlund and Burton or how far along Amazon is with the project.
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2013 Warner Bros. Movie Preview Includes Pictures from 'Hangover 3', 'Pacific Rim', 'The Conjuring' and More

Photo: Warner Bros. Warner Bros. just sent over several new images from 14 of their 18 upcoming 2013 releases. The films included in the preview are the Jackie Robinson story 42, the sequel to Zack Snyder's breakout feature 300: Rise of an Empire, the adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures, the Sylvester Stallone actioner Bullet to the Head, the James Wan thriller The Conjuring, the late '40s mob tale Gangster Squad, Getaway, Alfonso Cuaron's still undated sci-fi feature Gravity, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, the final chapter in the comedy trilogy The Hangover Part III, the second part in the newly launched Hobbit franchise The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer, Zack Snyder's Superman feature Man of Steel, Guillermo del Toro's monsters vs. robots feature Pacific Rim, Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, the supernatural feature The Seventh Son
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Meyer wedded to ABC comedy; Friedle in 'House'

Meyer wedded to ABC comedy; Friedle in 'House'
Breckin Meyer has been tapped as the lead in ABC's untitled Tom Hertz comedy pilot, while Will Friedle has been cast in the title role in Fox's comedy pilot Jack's House. Meanwhile, Vincent Ventresca has nabbed the title role in UPN's drama pilot presentation Vegas Dick, David Burke has been added to the cast of CBS' untitled Nicole Sullivan comedy pilot, and Elizabeth Reagan has been cast in NBC's untitled Whoopi Goldberg comedy pilot. The untitled Hertz project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Brad Grey TV, centers on an introverted New Yorker (Meyer) who marries into a large, gregarious family from Kansas. Jack's House, from 20th TV, centers on a twentysomething guy (Friedle) whose plan to settle down after buying a house is complicated by his partying roommates and his girlfriend.

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