Amazon has just cancelled two great-ish TV shows
Jean-Claude Van Damme - Coors pitchman, splits enthusiast, fighter and award-winning actor - has just had some bad news. Amazon have cancelled his show, Jean Claude Van Johnson, in which he plays a fictional version of himself who is both an actor and an undercover black-ops agent. The world will only ever have six episodes of it.
Hardcore JCVD fans aren’t going to be totally bereft this year though - he’s got a new film coming out imminently, Black Water, which reunites him with his Universal Soldier costar Dolph Lundgren and involves punching people on a submarine.
(Fun fact about Van Damme: he’s been married five times, but to four women. His third and fifth marriages were/are to the same woman, bodybuilder Gladys Portugues. Is that romantic? It probably isn’t, is it? Like, it would be more romantic if they hadn’t got divorced.)
Jean-Claude Van Johnson isn’t the only show to get the chop from Amazon. It also canceled One Mississippi.
One Mississippi is/was created by Tig Notaro and Diablo Cody and based on Notaro’s life, with her playing a thinly veiled version of herself. Louis C.K. was an executive producer on it, prior to the revelations about his misconduct - Notaro has said he was involved in name only, and the planned second season was to involve a character based on him.
Amazon wasn’t just delivering bad news though - it renewed The Tick, starring Peter Serafinowicz as a near-invulnerable superhero in a blue suit, for another season.
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