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Patrick Warburton set to reboot 'The Tick' as an Amazon pilot
By Jason Hughes

"Spoon!" Patrick Warburton may soon revive one of his most beloved, and obscure, characters. The "Rules of Engagement" and "Family Guy" star is set to reprise his role as "The Tick" in an Amazon pilot, an individual with knowledge of the deal confirmed for TheWrap.

For nine glorious episodes in 2001, Warburton perfectly brought to life Ben Edlund's lunatic superhero parody "The Tick." Based on a comic book, "The Tick" animated series ran for three successful seasons on Fox Kids in the mid-1990s. It didn't fare as well in live-action and in prime time, despite near universal critical acclaim.

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Warburton worked out a deal with Sony Television, who have held the rights since the show's 2001 cancellation, to bring back the beloved character as an Amazon pilot. With superheroes dominating on the big screen, and virtually taking over the small screen, there's no better time for a series making fun of them.

Amazon's latest batch of pilots are currently available for free viewing on the streaming network. The company has established a tradition of producing its pilots and then offering them for free so viewers can watch and vote on them. Based in part on this feedback, the company then decides which shows to move forward with.

The latest pilot project headed to series is Jeffrey Tambor's "Transparent," which will drop its entire 10-episode first season on Friday, Sept. 26. was first to report the deal.

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