Many major action heroes have found ways to reinvent their images in recent years, and for Jean-Claude Van Damme, that involved embracing TV comedy with his new Amazon project, Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Fans are definitely going to want to see more of this show, but when we recently sat down with Van Damme to discuss his new series during a press event in Los Angeles, he admitted that he doesn't even want to think about Season 2 happening until he knows that the fans actually want it. The Belgian action star addressed his concerns:
In a world often defined by long-term plans for series and franchises, this seems like an old-fashioned approach. There's no question that Jean-Claude Van Damme feels incredibly proud of his work on Jean-Claude Van Johnson; that much was clear while speaking to him about his work on the bizarre new series. Having said that, Van Damme also knows the importance of fan enthusiasm for a project like this, and he wants there to be enough excitement to justify diving back into the creative well for more episodes of the freshman Amazon series. If you want it, he will do it. But maybe not otherwise.
All things considered, fan enthusiasm for Jean-Claude Van Johnson definitely does seem to be growing in many corners of the internet. Many have praised the new comedy for offering the Bloodsport icon a chance to skewer his own image, and we here at CinemaBlend have already picked up on several different reasons why it's worth a binge this weekend (if you're not going to be occupied with your consumption of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, that is). There's currently no word as to whether or not the show will actually receive a second season from Amazon, but positive early buzz means that it's not outside the realm of possibility.
For those of you who don't know, Jean-Claude Van Johnson is bonkers in the best possible way. It centers on the "real-life" Jean-Claude Van Damme, who (in the universe of the show) moonlights as an assassin while working on film sets overseas, taking on the guise of "Jean-Claude Van Johnson." The new series gets by on Van Damme's incredible amount of heart, as well as its surreal humor and his knack for the splits. Not to mention having The Cosby Show legend Phylicia Rashad as a co-star. So we will see if all these elements will possibly get expanded upon in a hypothetical second season.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson is now streaming on Amazon. Beyond the new series for the Muscles from Brussels, check out our fall premiere guide and our midseason premiere guide to keep yourself up-to-date on the most significant releases of the next few months. Elsewhere in the world of streaming content, you can also listen to the most recent episode of The Cord Cutter Podcast, as we hear at CinemaBlend never stop talking about all of your favorite television.
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.