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Amazon to Stream 'Transparent' for Free This Saturday

If you're not an Amazon Prime member, you can still check out the streaming network's Golden Globe-winning original series Transparent this weekend. Amazon announced today that all ten episodes of Transparent's debut season will be available to view for free this Saturday, January 24th. According to Variety, the Jill Soloway-created series gained over 250% more viewers after winning two Golden Globes earlier this month and remains Amazon's most popular show on Prime Instant Video. Check out our breakdown of what made Transparent's first season so great here.

Looking at Amazon's 10 New Comedy Pilots Currently in Development

Last month, Amazon launched eight comedy pilots as part of their efforts to create a number of new original TV series. While many of these came from established TV comedy writers some such as Those Who Can’t came through Amazon’s open door submission policy. Launched almost exactly a year ago the policy allows for any aspiring writer to submit their half hour pilot script for review of up to 45 days. After that time is up Amazon can choose to either let your script go, buy it outright for $55,000, or extend their evaluation period twice for 18 months for $10,000 an extension. In the past year Amazon [...]

Watch Some Clips from the Amazon Pilot 'Those Who Can't'

Online retailer Amazon began developing a slate of original comedy pilots last year for their Amazon Instant Video. Here are two clips from one called Those Who Can't, a show about three immature teachers created by and starring Denver-based comedy group The Grawlix (Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Benjamin Roy). The pilot will debut on Amazon soon, alongside the streaming service's other comedy pilots. Amazon will decide which pilots to pick up to series based on how much people like them, which is really how regular TV should run.

Check out the other clip from Those Who Can't below:

Watch Amazon's Three New Comedy Pilots

Amazon has released its next batch of pilots up for consideration on Amazon Instant Video today, including three comedies from Whit Stillman, Jay Chandrasekhar, and Steven Soderberg. Here's a description of each show:

  • The Cosmopolitans: Written, directed, and produced by Whit Stillman, The Cosmopolitans follows "a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship in a foreign city." The pilot stars Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Åsblom, Shaun Evans, and Adriano Giannini.
  • Really: Written, directed, and starring Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar, Really follows a group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago led by Chandrasekhar as a "happily, messily married neurologist Jed" [...]

Ranking Amazon's 8 New Comedy Pilots, from Worst to First

Amazon.com kicked off its expansion into creating original TV series on Friday with the debut of eight comedy pilots. While some of the shows come from established entities, like one from The Onion and another starring John Goodman, many of them feature unknowns in the casts and as creators. Amazon is making a bold and risky choice by breaking away from the way TV networks are run by letting audiences see all of its pilots and choosing which ones get picked up to series on the basis of viewer response. Letting audiences pick the shows they want to watch is a smart move, but allowing viewers to decide the fates off [...]

Amazon Buys Two New Original Comedies

Online retailer Amazon is gearing up to launch its first batch of original shows, and it looks like they'll be making a big push for comedy. Amazon is preparing to greenlight its first pilot for a single-camera sitcom called Browsers from longtime Daily Show writer/producer David Javerbaum, Deadline reports. Browsers will follow four interns at a HuffPo-esque website with musical elements woven throughout. The pilot is expected to film in January. Amazon is also developing Dark Minions, an animated show written by Big Bang Theory regulars John Ross Bowie and Kevin Sussman that follows two misfits working on an evil space station. Amazon announced its original programming [...]

Jeffrey Tambor to Star in Another Amazon Pilot

Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor is set to star in his second pilot for Amazon's streaming service. Tambor previously starred in Onion News Empire, a critically-acclaimed pilot from The Onion that debuted with Amazon's first batch of original pilots this spring. Deadline reports that Tambor will be playing the lead in a new Amazon comedy called Transparent, written by Six Feet Under alum Jill Soloway and also starring Gaby Hoffman (Veronica Mars movie). The pilot follows Mort (Tambor) who gathers his three adult kids (Hoffman and two uncast roles) for a serious talk. They think he's going to be discussing his inheritance with them, but he reveals he's [...]

Watch the Trailer for the 'Zombieland' TV Show

Online retailer Amazon filmed a TV pilot based on the 2009 horror-comedy Zombieland, and here's your first glimpse of what it looks like. While a new group of actors have replaced the lead characters, the show comes from the same writers as the movie. The pilot will be debuting on Amazon soon, and the website will choose whether to order it to series based on audience feedback. So be sure you make your strong feelings about the pilot known, unlike quietly keeping your opinions to yourself like everyone else on the internet. This is your one chance to make an exception.