A number of genre programs are coming or returning to Amazon Prime like Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens, Season 2 of The Tick, and an "Amazonian" fourth season of The Expanse, which was picked up from SYFY.
The showrunners behind these three programs, Gaiman, Ben Edlund, and Naren Shankar, stopped by San Diego Comic-Con for the Amazon Prime Video Showcase. Trailers and/or teasers were shown for the three shows on display, but the panel was also about how to run a big-time TV show.
“I was a writer who took to show running in self-defense," said Gaiman. After a short exchange with "the Lord," (as voiced by Frances McDormand) the audience got a behind-the-scenes look at his upcoming series, based on the 1990 book he wrote with Pratchett. There was also a very short scene between the characters played by Michael Sheen and David Tennant.
“You wanna sculpt something [but] you have to tell someone else’s hands how to do it," Edlund added when it was his turn to talk about showrunning. The look at the second season of The Tick was a guided tour through some of the show's sets by the main stars, Peter Serafinowicz and Griffith Newman. In particular, they showed Arthur's apartment (which has a gaping hole in one wall) as well as the office of AEGIS head Tyranosaurus Rathbone. Edlund described AEGIS, the goverment group that monitors superhero activity, as 1984's Big Brother.
Good Omens and Season 2 of The Tick are expected to hit Amazon in 2019 while Season 4 of The Expanse is still in the development stage. Nevertheless, a featurette with the stars and producers thanking the fans was played for those in attendance.
“Without the fans I wouldn’t be sitting here right now," Shankar said.
Also featured at the panel were Jack Ryan, Lore, and Homecoming.
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