Here Comes Amazon’s Next Wave of Original Pilots

/ Aug 11, 2014

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Amazon finalized its third season of original pilots earlier this summer, and is now ready to bring them to the masses on August 28.

Premiering on Amazon Instant Video in the US and UK on that date, the five pilots once again seasoned Hollywood talent both in front of and behind the camera. Shows include:

“The Cosmopolitans”: Written, directed, and produced by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman (“Metropolitan”), this series follows a group of young American expatriates in contemporary Paris searching for love and friendship. Cast list is headlined by Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny.

“Really”: Written, directed, and starring Jay Chandrasekhar, this comedy will explore the complexities of marriage and the “charged dynamics” of a tight-knit group of four married couples in suburban Chicago. Alongside Chandrasekhar, the pilot stars Sarah Chalke, Selma Blair, Luka Jones, Lindsay Sloane, and Rob Delaney. Series comes from Main Street Films’ Craig Chang and Harrison Kordestani, with Jamie Tarses executive producing.

“Red Oaks”: Set in 1985 New Jersey, this comedy pilot follows an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club, who is both reeling from his father’s heart attack and conflicted about what major to declare in the fall. The pilot was written by Gregory Jacobs (“The Knick”) and Joe Gangemi (“Eliza Graves”), directed by David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express”), and produced by Steven Soderbergh. Cast includes Craig Roberts in the lead role, and Paul Reiser, Jennifer Grey, Richard Kind, and Oliver Cooper in supporting roles. Soderbergh, Green, Jacobs, and Gangemi executive produced.

“Hand of God”: Directed by Marc Forster (“World War Z”) and written by Ben Watkins, this drama centers on a powerful judge, whose hard-living, law-bending ways come back to bite him when he suffers a family tragedy and mental breakdown. He then goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. The show’s cast includes Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”), Dana Delany, and Garret Dillahunt. Executive producers include Forster, Watkins, Perlman, Brian Wilkins, and Jeff King, with Jillian Kugler co-executive producing.

“Hysteria”: Written by Shaun Cassidy and directed by Otto Bathurst, this techno-horror-drama follows a neurologist who returns to her hometown of Austin, Texas to investigate a “psycho-physiological” illness that is spreading through the community. Somehow social media and her past are involved. Cast includes Mena Suvari, James McDaniel (“Orange Is the New Black”), and Josh Stewart. Executive producers include Cassidy, Adam Schroeder, Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bryan Zuriff, and Bathurst. “Hysteria” is extra significant in that it is also an Amazon Studios co-production in partnership with Universal Television and Alcon Television Group.

Continuing with the consumer-centric development model that Amazon loves to highlight, the pilots will be available for everyone to stream and rate for free. Following the preview period, Amazon Studios will determine which shows to greenlight for full seasons, based on the feedback as well as other factors that go in the decision-making process.

So far, five shows have come out of the Amazon Studios pipeline, including the comedies “Alpha House” and “Betas,” and children’s shows “Tumble Leaf,” “Creative Galaxy,” and “Annedroids.” Of the five, the Silicon Valley comedy “Betas” is the only one to have been canceled after its underwhelming first season.

A few more original series are coming to Amazon in the near future, including “Transparent,” “Bosch,” “The After,” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”

The company previously announced that it plans to invest $100 million in the development and creation of more original content in the coming.

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