Amazon announces release dates for ‘The Tick,’ two other comedy pilots


Amazon today announced that everyone”s favorite antennaed superhero, The Tick, will be back to save the world on August 19. How long it will last, that”s still to be determined as Amazon is treating this as a pilot process to choose their new comedy series. The reboot of the short-lived live-action TV series comes almost 15 years after it went off the air in early 2002. Originally a comic book and later an animated series, the FOX version of The Tick starred Patrick Warburton in the title role. The reboot will feature Peter Serafinowicz as the bug in blue as well as Griffin Newman as his sidekick, Arthur.

The streaming service also announced that a couple other of its comedy series will get their trial runs on the same day. I Love Dick (insert your own joke here) is based on the 1997 novel by Chris Kraus. It stars Kevin Bacon, Griffin Dunne and Kathryn Hahn.

Finally, to fill out your mid-August weekend viewing card, Amazon will release Jean-Claude Van Johnson. That show stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as “the most dangerous undercover private contractor.” It notes that JCVD”s character has been out of the game for a while, so he might be more than a little creaky as he returns to fighting crime in his own way.

Go get your popcorn ready.