Amazon has handed series orders to two projects from their third pilot season.
The streaming service has officially picked up drama pilot Hand of God and comedy Red Oaks to series. TVWise understands that both have received 10 episode orders. In addition, Amazon has passed on pilots Hysteria and Really, while they have yet to make a formal decision on the fate of The Cosmopolitans.
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.
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
“We are excited to get working on full seasons of Hand of God and Red Oaks,” said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios. “These shows come from some of the most talented creators in the business. Customers loved the pilot episodes and we can’t wait to hear what they think of the entire series.”
Hand Of God and Red Oaks join Amazon Prime Instant Video’s growing stable of original series, which includes Alpha House, Gary Trudeau’s political comedy starring John Goodman; The After, a post-apocalyptic drama from X-Files creator Chris Carter; Transparent, a comedy series from Jill Solloway starring Jeffrey Tambor; and the Titus Welliver fronted cop drama Bosch.