Amazon Studios is launching its two new series, Alpha House and Betas, next year, but the streaming service has already ordered three new comedy pilots. The first, Mozart in the Jungle, is written by Roman Coppola and will star Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers. The show is based on the memoir of oboist Blair Tindall, and "is all about sex, drugs and classical music," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Another pilot, The Outlaws, "focuses on the ins and outs of a pro football team from the perspective of both the players and the back office, " and is executive produced by NFL-player-turned-TV host Michael Strahan. The third show, Transparent, stars Jeffrey Tambor and is "a darkly comedic [...]
Last month, online retailer Amazon released its first batch of original TV pilots online, allowing viewers to have a hand in deciding which ones get picked up to full series. With the broadcast networks announcing which pilots they're picking up this week, Deadline reports that Amazon will be announcing their new shows too. The company has started notifying the shows that are getting series orders, and Deadline writes that things are looking good for Alpha House and Betas, with Onion News Empire and Zombieland having solid chances as well. The report doesn't mention Those Who Can't, the schoolteacher comedy from Denver group The Grawlix that topped our list of [...]
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 [...]