Amazon Greenlights ‘Red Oaks,’ ‘Hand of God’ from Third Pilot Season

/ Oct 3, 2014


Amazon Studios has announced the greenlighting of two shows from its most recent pilot season: “Red Oaks,” a coming-of-age comedy from Steven Soderbergh, and “Hand of God,” a thriller starring Ron Perlman.

“Red Oaks,” with a pilot directed by David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express”) and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh (“Ocean’s Eleven”), centers on an assistant tennis pro and a colorful cast of characters at the Red Oaks Country Club in mid-80s suburban New Jersey. Written by Gregory Jacobs (“The Knick”), the series stars Craig Roberts, Richard Kind, Alexandra Socha, Paul Reiser, and Jennifer Grey. Executive producers include Soderbergh, Green, Jacobs, and Joe Gangemi.

“Hand of God,” created and written by Ben Watkins, with the pilot directed by Marc Forster (“World War Z”), centers on a hard-living, law-bending married judge who has a high-end call girl on the side. The pilot follows the judge as he suffers a mental breakdown and begins a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no evidence, he relies on visions and messages he believes are being sent by god through his ventilator-bound son. The series stars Ron Perlman, Garret Dillahunt, and Dana Delany. Forster, Watkins, Perlman, Brian Wilkins, and Jeff King executive produce the series, while Jillian Kugler is co-executive producer.

Given full-season orders thanks to, in part, positive reviews by users, both series will debut on Amazon Instant Video in 2015

Amazon has also ordered additional scripts for a third show in that pilot season, “The Cosmopolitans,” in order to further “explore” the series, according to Variety.

This leaves off Jay Chandrasekhar’s “Really” and the Mena Suvari-starring “Hysteria” as the original pilots from Amazon Studios’ third season that might not make it out of that stage.

Earlier this year, Amazon Studios greenlit six series — “Transparent,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Bosch,” “The After,” and children’s shows “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” and “Wishenpoof!” — as part of its second pilot season. The new show orders brings the company’s total originals slate up to 13 programs.

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