Fans of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End have to be in a place of euphoria after discovering Truth Seekers, Amazon Prime Video’s new paranormal horror comedy series that re-teams longtime friends and collaborators Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, who starred together in all three of those cult favorite movies.
Truth Seekers stars Frost as Gus Roberts, basically a cable guy who moonlights as a YouTube paranormal investigator in his spare time. Pegg plays his boss, and the legendary Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) plays his dad, who lives in his house. While Truth Seekers is built on the Frost/Pegg team (both men are also co-writers and creators of the show) thus making it obviously funny, part of what really makes the show feel special is the fact that the horror moments—like the human burning scene that opens the series—are genuinely scary.
The series, at 8 half-hour episodes, is a breezy watch; in the right spooky Halloween weekend mood, fans can probably breeze through it in a couple sittings or less. So, if people really wind up loving it, when will more be on the way?
Frost said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the show was largely inspired by The X-Files, a show that he and Pegg were both huge fans of. And that this eventually led to writing not just the first season that’s debuted on Amazon Prime, but future seasons as well.
“Me and Simon were massive X-Files fans,” Frost said. “I’d known James for years too and we’d always send each other little creepy videos or stories. The four of us got together and we got to a point in an unofficial planning stage of like, We could write a season of this. Then we set about writing pitch documents and arcs for season 2 and 3. Amazon were interested and it happened really quickly from there, once they saw that we were passionate and had written something touching and frightening. They compelled it to happen.”
So while we don’t know if they’ll get to make Season 2 and 3, we can say assuredly that the ideas are there.
Will there be a Season 2 of Truth Seekers?
It’s hard to tell as of right now. While Amazon Prime Video ordered Season 2 of The Boys before that show’s Season 1 even aired, other shows that seem a bit less sure fire have gotten pickups but after a bit of time. One example? Hunters, starring Logan Lerman and Al Pacino, debuted its first season in February of this year, but didn’t get official word of its second season pickup until August—more than a five month wait.
Last year, the network cancelled a handful of shows—including the Nicolas Winding Refn/Miles Teller drama Too Old To Die Young, the Fred Armisen/Maya Rudolph dramedy Forever, and Mad Men follow-up The Romanoffs from Matthew Weiner—with one fell swoop. Collider pointed out that it seems like the network is looking more for bigger “event” series, like the upcoming Lord of the Rings show and Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad, compared to smaller shows that might eventually become mild hits.
This wouldn’t seem to bode well for Truth Seekers, which has flown somewhat under the radar in the time leading up to its release, but the Nick Frost/Simon Pegg pairing certainly has power. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, all are serious cult favorites, and so is their lesser pairing in the alien comedy Paul. Their previous TV team-up, Spaced, is also one of the all-time beloved short-lived TV shows.
It’s not known at this time if they’ll get to make a Season 2 of Truth Seekers. But Frost certainly sounds like he wants to. “I love the show, I hope we get another chance to do another one,” he told The Independent. “I like playing Gus Roberts. He’s a funky character. He has a sadness to him, and he’s driven by loss. I’m always interested in that.”
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