By Sahil Patel
From its second batch of original pilots, Amazon Studios has decided to greenlight six of them for full seasons. As previously reported, the company’s first two drama shows, “The After” and “Bosch,” as well as adult series “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle,” have been picked up for full seasons. Joining these four shows are two programs from Amazon Studios’ latest kids programming slate, “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” and “Wishenpoof!”
“We had a tremendous response to Amazon Studios’ latest pilots — in fact, double the number of customers watched these pilots compared to our first season and they posted thousands of heartfelt reviews with pleas for us to continue these shows,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, in a statement.
The shows will arrive on Amazon Prime Instant Video later this year or early in 2015.
This brings Amazon’s original programming total to 11. Five series were greenlight during the company’s first round of originals, including the political comedy “Alpha House” and the Silicon Valley comedy “Betas.”
As previously reported, Amazon is finally confirming that it indeed has picked up “Alpha House” for a second season. “Betas,” meanwhile, will see its end run with one season.
To date, “Alpha House” and “Betas” were the only original shows to have premiered on Amazon. The three kids programs it originally greenlit, “Creative Galaxy,” “Tumbleaf,” and “Annebots,” will finally premiere this summer.
Interestingly, “Wishenpoof!” is the second show from “Blues Clues” co-creator Angela Santomero to be approved by Amazon. She’s also behind “Creative Galaxy.”
Here’s the official breakdown on the six shows coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video:
Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch series and written by Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly, drama pilot “Bosch” follows a relentless LAPD homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Bosch is played by Titus Welliver (“Argo,” “The Good Wife”) and stars Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis, and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (“The Killing”) produced and Jim McKay directed the pilot.
Written and directed by Emmy-nominee Chris Carter (“The X-Files”), executive produced by Marc Rosen of Georgeville Television, and produced by Gabe Rotter, “The After” follows eight strangers who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jamie Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar, and Louise Monot star in the pilot.
“Mozart in the Jungle”
Dramatic comedy, “Mozart in the Jungle” was written by Oscar-nominated writer and director Roman Coppola (“Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Darjeeling Limited”), actor and musician Jason Schwartzman (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”), and Tony-nominated writer and director Alex Timbers (“Peter and the Starcatcher”). The project is based on the memoir “Mozart in the Jungle” by Blair Tindall. “Mozart in the Jungle” is all about sex, drugs — and classical music — and shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage. Paul Weitz (“About a Boy,” “Admission”) directed the pilot and executive produced. Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke, Malcom McDowell, Bernadette Peters, and Peter Vack star.
Written and directed by Emmy-nominee and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner Jill Soloway (“Afternoon Delight,” “Six Feet Under,” and “United States of Tara”), “Transparent” is a darkly comedic story about an LA family with serious boundary issues. In this exploration of sex, memory, gender, and legacy, the past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out. Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass star in the pilot.
“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street”
“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” is a live-action adventure show created by David Anaxagoras, a first-time writer, discovered through Amazon Studios’ open-door submission process. “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” is a coming-of-age tale that centers around Gortimer, his two best friends Ranger and Mel, and their exploits on Normal Street — an ordinary suburb that has a hint of something magical just beneath the surface. The pilot was directed by Oscar winner Luke Matheny (“God of Love,” “Maron”) and guest stars Fionnula Flanagan.
Written by Angela Santomero, creator of “Blue’s Clues,” “Creative Galaxy,” and the Emmy-nominated literacy series, “Super Why!,” “Wishenpoof!” is an animated pilot that revolves around Bianca, who has “wish magic” which means if she wishes to play under the sea then — Wishenpoof! — she’s a mermaid, swimming around with the sea horses. Bianca uses her wish magic to help others and learns to solve life’s problems in her own creative way because with magic, or without, we all have the power to make good choices. This is Santomero’s second Amazon Studios pilot. Santomero’s first pilot, “Creative Galaxy,” is currently in production and scheduled to be available on Prime Instant Video in 2014.