AMC Renews 'Comic Book Men' for Second Season
Any details about possible changes remain sparse, but the show, filmed at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, is coming back.
Everyone's favorite Red Bank-based comic book reality television show, Comic Book Men, is coming back for a second season, AMC recently announced.
Walt Flanagan, manager of Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, and one-fourth of the star power behind the reality show, confirmed Wednesday evening at the comic shop that the Kevin Smith-developed show is coming back, but that he's unaware of any finer details AMC has planned.
The shop, where the reality TV show is filmed, is located in downtown Red Bank, Monmouth County.
Comic Book Men's first season consisted of six one-hour episodes that revolved around the shop and the exploits of real friends and (sometime) employees of the Stash: Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Ming Chen and Mike Zapcic. Billed as a comic book Pawn Stars, the show split its time between buying and selling comics–and showcasing Flanagan and Zapcic's near-encyclopedic knowledge of them–and the shenanigans of the four stars.
With undead powerhouse The Walking Dead providing a great lead-in to the Sunday night time slot, Comic Book Men debuted in February to a significant audience and saw its ratings grow as the short season progressed.
Though Chen previously said he was optimistic that the show would get picked up for a second season, Flanagan was less so, saying it was "touch and go there for a while." And where filming the first season and seeing the show being broadcast to millions was a bit unnerving, Flanagan said he's ready to go for a season two.
"Now you know what to expect a little bit," he said over the phone. "(The first season) was a bit like walking on the moon, you didn't know what to expect or what was going to happen."
According to the New York Times, Comic Book Men has been renewed for 16 episodes, though it's unknown if that could instead be eight, hour-long episodes.
Flanagan said he hasn't been told when filming for the second season will begin or if producers are keen on making any changes to the show's format. Prior to filming season one, AMC executives indicated that they'd like to see some female representation in the shop, a sentiment Smith agreed with, though that never materialized.
For more information on Comic Book Men, click on the show's official website.
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