Amazon has today released a new wave pilots on their streaming service Amazon Prime Instant Video in the US and the UK.
The e-commerce giant’s third pilot season consist of two drama (Hand of God and Hysteria) and three comedy pilots (The Cosmopolitans, Really and Red Oaks), which star Ron Perlman, Adam Brody, Sarah Chalke, Selma Blair and Dana Delany, amongst others.
Unlike most broadcasters, Amazon puts out their slate of pilots and invites feedback from customers is the US and the UK. The company then makes a decision on which projects will go to series based on said feedback. Previous projects successfully piloted in this manner include Alpha House, The After and Bosch.
“We’re delighted to bring Amazon customers the work of these passionate and talented creators and are excited to get customer feedback,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “It’s an exciting time at Prime Instant Video, with new, original shows coming to the service every month for the rest of the year.”
Penned by Ben Watkins, Hand of God follows 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 “messages” he believes are being sent by God through Pernell’s ventilator-bound son. The pilot stars Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, Garret Dillahunt, Andre Royo, Alona Tal, Julian Morris, Elizabeth McLaughlin and Emayatzy Corinealdi.
Hysteria follows the members of a girls’ competitive dance team who are stricken with a strange, psycho-physiological illness that manifests itself in violent fits and spasms and then begins spreading in the community through technology. Neurologist Logan Harlen returns to her hometown to investigate the cause. The drama, which was penned by Shaun Cassidy, is a co-production with Universal Television & Alcon Television Group and stars Mena Suvari, James McDaniel , Josh Stewart, Adan Canto, Laura San Giacomo and T.R. Knight. Otto Bathurst is the director.
Created and directed by Whit Stillman, The Cosmopolitans follows a group of young American expatriates in contemporary Paris searching for love and friendship in a foreign city. The comedy pilot, which was shot on location in Paris, stars Adam Brody as Jimmy, Chloë Sevigny as Vicky, Carrie MacLemore as Aubrey, Dree Hemingway as Camille, Freddy Åsblom as Fritz, Jordan Rountree as Hal, and Adriano Giannini as Sandro.
Really follows four hard-charging suburban Chicago couples trying to grasp on to their dwindling youth. At the center are the happily but messily married couple Jed and Lori. When Jed is faced with the choice of keeping his pal’s secret or destroying his friend group, he winds up digging himself into a very deep hole. The comedy stars Jay Chandrasekhar, Sarah Chalke, Selma Blair, Travis Schuldt, Hayes MacArthur, Collette Wolfe, Luka Jones, Lindsay Sloane and Rob Delaney.
From The Knick‘s Steven Soderbergh, Red Oaks follows David Myers, an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985, who is both reeling from his father’s heart attack and conflicted about what major to declare in the fall. While there, he meets a colourful cast of misfit co-workers and wealthy club members. Red Oaks is about enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end—and the future begins. The comedy, penned by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi, stars Craig Roberts, Jennifer Grey, Richard Kind, Oliver Cooper, Gage Golightly, and Ennis Esmer.
Watch the trailer for the new pilots below:[jwplatform nAyn2EoE]