Chris Carter, Michael Connelly Pilots Get Amazon Greenlight

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“X Files” creator Carter returns with “The After”

Amazon has greenlit its first two drama pilots: “The After” from “X Files” creator Chris Carter and “Bosch,” based on the bestselling Michael Connelly character.

Written and directed by Carter, “The After” follows eight strangers thrown together by mysterious forces who must help each other survive. It stars Sharon Lawrence, Jamie Kennedy, Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar and Louise Monot. It is executive-produced by Marc Rosen of Georgeville Television and produced by  Gabe Rotter.

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“I’m very superstitious about talking about what I’m working on before it’s finished, and it’s more fun if it’s kept a mystery! So let me just say that this is a show that explores human frailty, possibility, terror, and the triumph of the human spirit,” said Carter (pictured with “X Files” star David Duchovny). “I’m so excited to be telling this story with Amazon in this new frontier of television.”

“Bosch,” written by Connelly and “The Wire” veteran Eric Overmyer, is based on Connelly’s Harry Bosch detective series. It  follows the LAPD homicide cop trying to catch the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in the murder of a suspected serial killer. Bosch will be played by Titus Welliver (“Argo”), and the pilot will also star Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment is producing, and Jim McKay will direct.

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Customers will be invited to watch the pilots on Amazon Instant Video for free and can weigh in on which pilots should be produced as series to air exclusively on Prime Instant Video and Amazon’s LOVEFiLM in the U.K. in early 2014.

“We are very excited to be working with creators like Michael Connelly and Chris Carter, both epic storytellers in their own right,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “For the first time we are bringing Amazon customers hour-long programming, and we can’t wait to hear what they think of these new stories.”