After months of rumours, Amazon today confirmed that they have handed out a ten episode series order to Sneaky Pete, the drama starring Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar) which was created by Breaking Bad alum Bryan Cranston and House showrunner David Shore.
Sneaky Pete follows a con-man (Ribisi) who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself—and discovering a family life he’s never had. Bryan Cranston, Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer and Shane McRae also star.
The project was initially set up at CBS, narrowly missing a series order at the network for the 2015-2016 season. Soon after, it was laid off at Amazon, who released the pilot in August under their “egalitarian” model, which allows Prime subscribers to vote on which projects should go to series. Amazon Studios co-produces with Sony Pictures Television. The executive producers are Shore, Cranston, Erin Gunn and James Degus.
“We are excited to bring to Amazon’s customers a new compelling series headlined by Giovanni Ribisi from the minds of David Shore and Bryan Cranston”, said Amazon’s Vice-President Roy Price, who serves as the head of Amazon Studios. “Sneaky Pete is an incredible addition to Amazon’s expanding drama slate and we are eager for its premiere in 2016.”
Sneaky Pete is the latest scripted project to land a series order at Amazon, who have been looking to beef up on original comedy and drama so as to take on their closest competitor Netflix. It joins a scripted slate at the streaming service that also includes The Man In The High Castle, Transparent, Bosch, Mozart In The Jungle, Red Oaks and Hand Of God. Sneaky Peter will stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the US, the UK an Germany in 2016.