Amazon has been a busy bee when it has come to the creation of TV series over the past several pilot cycles. This time around, the subscription streaming service has decided three of its pilots will be going to series, which is great news for fans of reboots and remakes, and of course, Jean-Claude Van Damme. News this morning indicates The Tick, Jean-Claude Van Johnson and I Love Dick are all heading to series at Amazon. So if you have access to Amazon Video, you should have plenty to watch in the coming months.
Of the three adaptations, The Tick has gotten a lot of notice from major film sites and fans. The original series has been a cult classic for years, and the tone of the new version has seemed to hit the right notes (or at least I've been told from people more familiar on this particular topic). The show's basic premise follows an accountant who meets up with "a strange blue superhero" to fight a villain who has surreptitiously taken over the city. It also stars Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez and Brendan Hines.
As noted prior Jean-Claude Van Damme is heading to television and he's doing so in style. Jean-Claude Van Johnson could theoretically be a big catch for the subscription streaming service, provided it doesn't totally suck. The show will follow a martial arts and film "sensation" who does contracted jobs on the side. Obviously, because when you want covert work done, you want it done by a famous face. Sounds great. Keep 'em coming, Amazon.
I Love Dick is based on a cult classic and will follow men and women living in the town of Marfa, TX. Created by frequent Amazon collaborator Jill Solloway, the new series stars Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn and Griffin Dunne. This one will mostly be about relationships, so it's pretty different from the two other pilots that have been greenlighted to series here.
Along with the new shows, Amazon has a lot of seasons of other original programs in the works. Transparent is still going strong and The Man In The High Castle has been renewed for Season 2. Red Oaks and Mozart In The Jungle are coming back in the next few months and Bosch is also coming back. We'll certainly keep you posted as Amazon continues adding to its lineup. The subscription streaming service actually has a pretty neat way of testing content, creating pilots for each of its potential series and then releasing them for users to test out. We'll let you know as soon as the next pilot season happens.
In the meantime, you can check out what is coming to the various subscription streaming services with our fall TV premiere schedule.