Amazon Studios Greenlights First Hour-Long Drama Pilots

/ Oct 31, 2013


While it’s been common knowledge that Amazon Studios was in development on its first drama pilots, the original programming arm of Amazon picked today to officially announce some of the high-profile projects.

Amazon Studios has given the greenlight to “The After,” a new mystery-drama from the Emmy-nominated creator of “The X-Files,” Chris Carter; and “Bosch,” a police/court drama based on the best-selling Harry Bosch book series from Michael Connelly. Both shows are also Amazon Studios’ first foray into hour-long programming.

“The After” follows eight strangers who are pulled together by mysterious circumstances, and now have to find a way to survive — so pretty much something you’d expect from the guy who created “The-X Files.” The cast includes Sharon Lawrence, Jamie Kennedy, Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, and Jaina Lee Ortiz, among others. The pilot will be written and directed by Carter, executive produced by Marc Rosen at Georgeville Television, and produced by Gabe Rotter.

The “Bosch” pilot will be written by Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly, the author of the book series. The show follows an LAPD homicide detective on his pursuit of a killer while he stands trial for murdering another serial killer. The main character will be played by Titus Welliver (“Argo,” “LOST”). The pilot will be directed by Jim McKay and will be produced by Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment, the studio behind AMC’s “The Killing” and USA’s “Burn Notice.”

As is the cast with all Amazon Studios pilots, the episodes will be made available for free to everyone via Amazon Instant Video. Based on customer feedback (and other unnamed factors), the programming division will select which shows it picks up for a full-season, which would be distributed to paying subscribers of Amazon Prime and LoveFilm.

The pilots for “The After” and “Bosch” will arrive on Amazon Instant Video and LoveFilm in the UK in early 2014.

Earlier this month, Amazon Studios gave the greenlight to three more half-hour comedy pilots, adding to a development slate that has primarily focused on comedy and children’s programming.

Amazon is also in development on another drama pilot, “Grand Ave,” from writer Ian Goldberg (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”), though the company hasn’t publicly confirmed that yet.

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