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Amazon Orders Comedy Pilot from Bob Nelson and Sacha Baron Cohen

Nebraska writer Bob Nelson has a new coming-of-age comedy in the works at Amazon. According to Deadline, the streaming network has ordered a single-cam half-hour comedy called Highston from Nelson and produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, with Little Miss Sunshine duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris onboard to direct. The series follows Highston Liggetts, "a kind 19-year-old and perched on the edge of adulthood. When he encounters a world he doesn’t understand, like Elwood P. Dowd, he retreats into his vast imagination, where famous 'friends' are his companions and mentors." The cast has not yet been announced.

Jessie Eisenberg Is Adapting His 'McSweeney's' Short Stories Into an Amazon Comedy

Jessie Eisenberg has a new Amazon series in the works. THR reports that Eisenberg is writing and executive producing a new half-hour Amazon comedy based on his series of short stories Bream Gives Me Hiccups, which ran on McSweeney's from 2012-2013. Like the short stories, the adaptation will follow "a privileged and precocious 9-year-old restaurant critic who visits different eateries with his alcoholic mother, reviewing everything, often with his friend Matthew." You can check out the original 12 short stories here.

Amazon Studios Adds Another Round of Original Pilots

Amazon Studios announced a batch of seven new pilots that will be up for consideration in early 2015, and much like its most recent hit Transparent, there's a mix of comedy and drama in a few of them. Like the last few rounds of pilots, Amazon will post the episodes for free and pick up series based on viewer comments and feedback. "Our first pilot season of 2015 brings some of the greatest storytellers in the business to Amazon customers with works of novelty and passion. We’re very excited by these shows and look forward to getting customers’ reactions next year," Amazon Studios VP Roy Price said [...]

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" [...]

Dave Hill Clears Up the Amazon-Hachette Dispute for Dick Cavett and Malcolm Gladwell

The battle between Amazon and Hachette books rages on without any comment from Amazon, so Dave Hill put together this video with legendary TV host Dick Cavett and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell to clear up any confusion surrounding the issue. Cavett, at least, is satisfied by Hill's creative way of breaking down Amazon's side of the situation.

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan's 'Catastrophe' Is Coming to Amazon

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan's new Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe is coming to the States. Variety reports that Amazon has signed a deal with the show to stream exclusively on Prime Instant Video starting this spring. The series is currently in the middle of its six-episode first season and already landed a second season renewal. "Rob and Sharon have created an engaging, contemporary, funny and moving story,” Amazon exec Roy Price said on the news. "We are excited to bring Catastrophe exclusively to our Amazon Prime customers and can’t wait to hear what they think of the series." Check out a trailer for Catastrophe below:

Woody Allen Is Creating an Original Series for Amazon

Fresh off its Golden Globe win for Transparent, Amazon's just made a big announcement about its next original series project: Woody Allen will be writing and directing his first TV series ever for them. There's no synopsis or even a name for the show yet, with Allen saying "I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that [Amazon Studios VP] Roy Price will regret this." It's not clear when the series will be released, but when it is it'll be available exclusively on Amazon's streaming video service.

The Subtle Brilliance of Jill Soloway's 'Transparent'

Transparent, Amazon’s foray into the Netflix-infested waters of quality internet binge watching, is deservedly the most critically-lauded show of this Fall television season (and was just renewed for a second season). Created by writer/director Jill Soloway (writer/producer Six Feet Under and The United States of Tara, writer/director Afternoon Delight, which won a directing award at Sundance in 2013), the show centers around the Pfefferman family, an affluent Jewish LA clan whose patriarch Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) comes out as transgender and begins to live as Maura in her late 60s.

Directed mostly by Soloway herself, (with the exception of three, credited to Nisha Ganatra), the direction in the show is [...]

The First Season of 'Transparent' Premieres on Amazon September 26th

Earlier this year Amazon ordered two of its new comedy pilots to series, and Variety reports that Jill Soloway's Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor will debut its entire 10-episode season on Amazon Prime Instant Video on September 26th. The series also stars Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass with supporting roles throughout the season from Bradley Whitford, Alexandra Billings, Melora Hardin, Kathryn Hahn, and Carrie Brownstein.

The Transparent pilot is still available to view for Amazon Prime members; for more on the pilot, check out our review from February, then watch the first trailer for the series below:

Watch the Pilot for 'The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail' on Amazon for Free

Comedy Central's new standup series The Meltdown doesn't premiere until July 23rd, but the pilot is already available for viewing on Amazon Instant Video for free. The episode's lineup includes Steve Agee, David Koechner, Neal Brennan, Moshe Kasher, and plenty of cuts to the backstage scene with Meltdown producer and Nanjiani's wife Emily Gordon, so get ahead of the curve by watching the free episode now over at Amazon.

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.

Amazon's Next Round of Pilots Premiere Next Week

Last year Amazon Studios added a new batch of pilots for series consideration, and today the streaming network announced that they'll be available for viewing on Amazon Instant Video next Thursday, January 15th. The pilot lineup includes projects with Rachel Dratch, Scott Adsit, Brett Gelman, Paget Brewster, Simon Rich, and more. Check out the pilot descriptions below:

Amazon Renews 'Transparent' for a Second Season

More Transparent is coming to Amazon. Deadline reports today that the streaming network has already renewed the Jill Soloway-created series starring Jeffrey Tambor for a second season to premiere sometime next year. Transparent has broken multiple records over at Amazon already, coming in #1 on Prime Instant Video in just a week after its 10-episode debut season premiere and also ranking as the most binge-watched series currently available on Prime Instant Video. "We are absolutely thrilled that the response to Transparent has been so positive," said Amazon Studios VP Roy Price in a statement. "Our goal is to create series that customers love, so it’s great to hear [...]

'The Cosmopolitans,' 'Really,' and 'Red Oaks' to Premiere on Amazon August 28th

Variety reports that Amazon just announced the premiere date for its next batch of pilots up for consideration. Out of the next five series slated to premiere on the streaming network later this month on August 28th are half-hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really, and Red Oaks. Here's an overview of what you can expect from each series:

  • 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.
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