Back in 2001, a mighty cult comedy stalked television airwaves: The Tick! The live-action incarnation, which followed upon the beloved comics and cartoon iterations. The show lasted but nine beautiful episodes, but has retained legendary status among those who watched it and kept circulating the DVDs. Now, in our reboot-addled age, a new version of the show might be coming to Amazon! They have ordered a pilot from Tick-creator Ben Edlund! But!
There is a catch.
The original live-action show starred Patrick Warburton as the nigh-invulnerable blue bringer of justice, David Burke as Arthur, the accountant-turned-sidekick, Nestor Carbonell as Batmanuel, possibly the greatest television character of all time, and Liz Vassey as Captain Liberty, an even-more-competent take on the cartoon’s American Maid. They were all… how to put this? PERFECT. But alas, the illusion of time is experienced in a linear fashion, and Warburton is starring in another show and will not be donning the impressively form-fitting blue uniform. (He will be executive producing, though!) This means that the hunt is on for a new Tick, to join the castmembers already in progress: Griffin Newman as Arthur, and Valorie Curry as Arthur’s sister, Dot. From the press release:
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.
Edlund, who was most recently seen slinging pure insanity as an executive producer on Gotham, has also worked on Angel, Supernatural, and… who are we forgetting? Oh, yeah, Firefly. He’ll be joined by another producer from the 2001 show, Barry Josephson.
So, what say you? Personally, we’re waggling our antennae in trepidatious hope.