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" [...]
Last month, Amazon Studios added 10 new pilots to its original slate including three comedies, and Variety reports that two have officially been picked up to series following a test round with online views and feedback. Both Mozart in the Jungle (co-created by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Alex Timbers) and Transparent (written and directed by Jill Soloway) will join two drama pilots (Bosch, The After) as the online studio's newest greenlit projects. For a closer look at Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent, check out our pilot reviews from February.
The pilot of the new Amazon Studios comedy series Betas showed a lot of promise. Though it was only in the middle of our rankings last spring, the first episode had an energy and pace that promised strong things from the show, which follows a young crew attempting to launch a new social media app. But based on the next two episodes currently up on Amazon Prime, it’s unclear yet whether the show can keep up that quality over the long run.
It’s not an uncommon tale in television – a pilot filled with vibrant characters and a cleverly designed plot struggles when the [...]
Amazon debuted eight original comedy pilots on the online retailer's streaming service last month, and they're currently in the process of deciding which ones go to series. Deadline reports that Amazon has picked up the John Goodman senator comedy Alpha House and the Silicon Valley tech sitcom Betas, featuring Jon Daly, while passing on musical HuffPo intern series Browsers. Amazon passed on Zombieland last week. The online retailer has yet to make a decision on its four remaining comedy pilots – Onion News Empire, Those Who Can't, Supanatural, and Dark Minions. Those Who Can't and Onion News Empire our favorites, topped our list ranking all the potential [...]
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 [...]