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Amazon Orders a Dramedy Series by Whit Stillman Starring Adam Brody and Chloë Sevigny

Amazon announced in a press release today that they've greenlit two new series, including a dramatic comedy written, directed, and produced by Whit Stillman. Titled The Cosmopolitans, the series 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 and begins production in Paris this week. For more on Stillman's work, check out our complete primer here.

Amazon Studios Adds 3 New Comedy Pilots, Including One from Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman

Like last year, Amazon has announced its new slate of pilots, which are available for free on Amazon Instant Video and will be picked up based on which shows get the most views and positive feedback from viewers. Of the 10 pilots up for consideration this year, Amazon is offering up three new comedies:

Mozart in the Jungle - From writer-director Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Broadway director Alex Timbers, Mozart in the Jungle is "based on the book by Blair Tindall" and "follows Gael Garcia Bernal as the brash new conductor of the New York Symphony and Malcolm McDowell as the old timer being pushed out."

The [...]

Amazon Officially Picks Up 'Beta House' and 'Alphas' and Not 'Onion News Empire' and 'Those Who Can't'

Last month, online retailer Amazon.com unveiled its first-ever slate of original TV shows, promising a bright future for streaming television in which viewers' opinions will actually matter and determine the fate of shows unlike how things work on broadcast TV, which is held back by inaccurate Nielsen ratings and illogical decisions by network execs. Today, however, Amazon announced which shows it's picking up, and it seems like Amazon will prove to be just us frustrating and dismissive of good work as the big networks. Although news got out last week, Amazon officially announced today they've picked up the John Goodman Washington comedy Alpha House and the [...]

Talking to the Grawlix Guys About Making 'Those Who Can't', Their Pilot for Amazon

After meeting at an open mic several years ago, Denver-based comedy trio, Adam Cayton-Holland, Benjamin Roy, and Andrew Orvedahl have become national fixtures on the comedy scene thanks to their popular Grawlix standup show and web series. The guys are generating even more buzz now that Amazon has picked up their pilot, Those Who Can’t. The show is about three thirty-something high school teachers — Loren (Spanish), Ben (History), and Coach Andy (P.E.) — who are fed up with facing the wrath of a jerky high-schooler named Bryce. They decide to seek revenge on their student nemesis and experience some hilarious obstacles along the way. I caught [...]

Jon Daly Will Star in the Amazon Pilot 'Betas'

Jon Daly, a regular actor and writer on Comedy Central's Kroll Show and the host of the Earwolf podcast Rafflecast, has been cast in the lead role in a new comedy pilot from Amazon, Variety reports. The show is called Betas, and it's one of several comedy pilots online retailer Amazon is developing in hopes of turning some of them into its first comedy series. Daly will star as Hobbes, a guy in Silicon Valley trying to raise money for his app called "BRB" so that he can move on from his ex-wife and reward the quartet of computer geeks who coded the app. The show [...]

Amazon Studios Orders 'Mozart in the Jungle' and 'Transparent' to Series

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.

Amazon's 'Betas' Could Be Great, But Isn't Quite There Yet

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 Orders 'Alpha House' and 'Betas' to Series, Passes on 'Browsers'

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Looking at Amazon's Three New Comedy Pilots

Amazon released their new slate of pilots for free online last week, including three new comedies Mozart in the Jungle, The Rebels, and Transparent. Like last year, Amazon will greenlight the pilots that get the most views and positive feedback, so we checked out the selection to get a closer look at the site's new comedy candidates and try to guess which shows have the best chance of getting picked up to series.

Amazon Bought a Comedy Pilot From Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman

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 [...]

Amazon Is Announcing Which Pilots It Picked Up Soon

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 [...]

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 [...]