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Q: I have been hearing about a new version of The Tick being produced. I loved the Patrick Warburton version. Can you give me any information? – Billy B., via email

A: Amazon Studios announced a premiere date for its original series The Tick,which stars Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick, as well as Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Scott Speiser and Brendan Hines. The superhero comedy centers on an underdog accountant with zero powers (Newman) who comes to realize his city is owned by a global supervillain long thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. The Tick will premiere Friday, Aug. 25, on Amazon Prime Video. The seven-episode series was created, written and executive-produced by Ben Edlund (Gotham, Supernatural, The Tick [1994]).

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Q: I saw a commercial on TNT for a new series about William Shakespeare. Do you know anything about it? – DeeDee F., via Facebook

A: As an English- and theater-degree holder, I can say unequivocally that I am excited about this one. Will premieres Monday, July 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TNT. This new original series takes viewers back in time to Elizabethan England to tell the wild, rowdy story of young William Shakespeare. Newcomer Laurie Davidson plays the title role in this period drama told in a bold, contemporary style and played to a modern soundtrack that exposes all of Shakespeare's recklessness, lustful temptations and tortured brilliance. Also starring are Olivia DeJonge, Ewen Bremner, Colm Meaney, Mattias Inwood, Jamie Campbell Bower and Jasmin Savoy Brown.

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Q: A few years ago I saw the movie adaptation of the best-selling book "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Robin Wright. I haven't heard anything about the development of the rest of the books in the series. Have they given up on it? -- Brandon M., via email

A: The director's mantle has been passed to Fede Alvarez ("Evil Dead" and "Don't Breathe") for "The Girl in the Spider's Web," the second book in Stieg Larsson's series, and this means an all-new cast as well. As of this writing, Fede is eyeing Claire Foy in the role of Lisbeth Salander, the anti-establishment computer expert who savagely rights wrongs. If cast, this would be a major departure for Claire, as most American viewers are accustomed to the talented actress as the prim and proper Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix original series "The Crown." The movie is set for release in October 2018.

This reboot comes hot on the heels of news that Fede Alvarez, after "Spider's Web" wraps, will begin work on the sequel to the 1986 cult hit "Labyrinth," which starred David Bowie as the Goblin King, as well as Jennifer Connelly and a slew of creatures from Jim Henson's Creature Shop. 

Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803; or e-mail her at letters@cindyelavsky.com.

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An alert Highline staff member and local public safety officers helped stop a potential suicide on campus last week. While a staff member was working, he noticed a suspicious male wandering the East Lot around 6:25 a.m. May 25. The staff worker called Highline Public Safety who responded to find the individual running around with a rope in his hands, looking for a place to possibly hang himself. This prompted Public Safety to contact Des Moines Police and South King County Fire and Rescue. By the time first responders came to the scene, the distraught man climbed into a tree near Building 99, ready to use the rope on himself. First responders talked to the man, successfully convincing him to come down from the tree. After the turmoil settled the individual was transported to a nearby hospital for an evaluation. Sgt. George Curtis of Public Safety said this was the first time he has encountered someone attempting to endanger their own life on campus.

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Public Safety said the actions of the staff member who reported the incident is an excellent example of how “see something, say something” could potentially save a life. A staff member was reported to have passed out in Building 4 at 8:10 a.m. The person was sitting in their chair when they lost consciousness, then fell out, hitting their head on the ground. Public Safety arrived but the staff member refused any medical treatment.

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A suspicious car was spotted on campus at 1:35 a.m. on May 28 by a Public Safety officer. The car was occupied by two students and parked between buildings 29 and 22. The two students had gone to Jack in the Box and decided to eat the fast food on campus. They were told by the officer to leave because campus was closed.

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