Amazon Studios hasn’t backed out from its commitment to creating original series’ for their Instant Video streaming service. Despite Netflix running away as the #1 streaming network, Amazon has announced that a third round of pilots are set to premiere later this year. They’re also going to keep their unique, quasi fan-sourced, approach alive. See, on Amazon, when they launch a pilot they allow the viewers a window of time to offer direct feedback about whether or not they’d like to see the series get a full season order.
They’ve found some success with recent shows likeÂ Alpha House andÂ Betas, while notable flops like their series adaptation ofÂ Zombieland famously tanked during the network’s ambitious first attempt at creating something original.
Amazon Studios that the network’s third round of pilots will include the following two shows:
The CosmopolitansWritten, directed and produced by Academy Award nomineeÂ Whit StillmanÂ (Metropolitan,Â Barcelona,Â The Last Days of Disco),Â The CosmopolitansÂ follows a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship in a foreign city. The dramatic comedy pilot starsÂ Adam BrodyÂ as â€œJimmy,â€Â ChloÃ« SevignyÂ as â€œVicky,â€Â Carrie MacLemoreÂ as â€œAubrey,â€Dree HemingwayÂ as â€œCamille,â€Â Freddy Ã…sblomÂ as â€œFritz,â€Â Shaun EvansÂ as â€œHal,â€ andÂ Adriano GianniniÂ as â€œSando.â€Â The CosmopolitansÂ begins shooting this week in Paris.
Hand of GodMarking the television debut of renowned filmmakerÂ Marc ForsterÂ (Monsterâ€™s Ball,Â Finding Neverland,Â World War Z) andÂ written byÂ Ben Watkins,Hand of GodÂ stars Golden Globe winnerÂ Ron PerlmanÂ in his first lead television role sinceÂ Sons of AnarchyÂ as â€œJudge Pernell Harris.â€Â Hand of GodÂ also starsÂ Dana DelanyÂ as the Judgeâ€™s protective wife â€œCrystal Harris,â€Â Garret DillahuntÂ as â€œKD,â€ the born-again sociopath, whose violent tendencies are exploited by Pernell,Â Andre RoyoÂ as the slick, smart, gregarious, and greedy mayor â€œRobert â€˜Boboâ€™ Boston,â€Â Alona TalÂ as Pernellâ€™s grieving daughter-in-law â€œJocelyn Harris,â€Â Julian MorrisÂ as the questionable preacher â€œPaul Dobson,â€Â Elizabeth McLaughlinÂ as the preacherâ€™s sultry girlfriend â€œAlicia,â€ andÂ Emayatzy CorinealdiÂ as Pernellâ€™s call girl / confidante â€œTessie.â€ The show centers on the powerful Judge Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown, and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on “visions” and â€œmessagesâ€ he believes are being sent by God through Pernell’s ventilator-bound son. Forster, Watkins, Perlman,Â WilkinsÂ and King serve as Executive Producers, andJillian KuglerÂ as co-Executive Producer.Â Hand of GodÂ begins shooting this week in the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas.
According to Amazon, these two won’t be alone when the next round of pilots launch later this year. Their approach stands in stark contrast to Netflix, where David Fincher and Kevin Spacey famously pitchedÂ House of Cards and the studio head instantly ordered 26 episodes and gave them a fat budget to go bring it to life.
More on these original Amazon series’ as it becomes available.
SOURCE: Amazon Studios