BBC AMERICA announced yesterday (May 16th, 2017) the casting of John Hannah, Alan Tudyk, Amanda Walsh and Aleks Paunovic as guest stars in season two of the highly anticipated scripted original series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett, the series is penned by Max Landis (American Ultra, Chronicle) and executive produced by Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe). Adapted from the wildly popular novels by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), season two will return with ten episodes and premiere later this year. The series is produced by AMC Studios. It will stream globally on Netflix in countries outside the US.
Holy fish and chips, Batman! While I hate to see any genre show cancelled on network TV, I’m just a bit glad that Powerless was cancelled if it means we will be getting to see Alan Tudyk caught up in the crazy antics of Dirk Gently!
Recent casting announced also included Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Deadbeat) who will play Sherlock Hobbs, an under-stimulated, but overly enthusiastic small town sheriff who is eager to help Dirk and crew solve a new mystery. This season reunites Labine and Tudyk who co-starred in the cult film phenomenon Tucker and Dale vs Evil.
For those interested in what who they will be playing, these are the character summaries provided by BBCA:
- John Hannah will play THE MAGE; a powerful wizard who takes great pleasure in doing evil and is seeking to conquer a world not his own.
- Alan Tudyk will play MR. PRIEST; a ruthless, dangerous, and violent bounty hunter working for Blackwing.
- Aleks Paunovic will play WYGAR OAK; a dominating enforcer for the Dengdamor royal family.
- Amanda Walsh will play SUZIE BORETON; an unassuming, insecure, depressed soccer mom who is selected for an unexpected role by the Mage, and gradually reveals her true, terrifying self to our heroes.
If you have had no idea Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency existed as a tv show, you can catch up with steaming of the show on the BBCA app, grabbing a blu-ray copy for all the bonus footage, or on Netflix outside of the USA. You can also read my review of season one.