Amazon Studios is bringing back “Alpha House” for a second season and has ordered six new shows, including “The After” from “X-Files” creator Chris Carter.
The new shows include”Bosch,” from Michael Connelly and Eric Overmyer (“The Wire”) based on the book series by Connelly; “Mozart in the Jungle,” from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz,” and “Transparent” from Jill Soloway.
Amazon also announced the new children’s shows “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” and “Wishenproof.”
Season 2 of “Alpha House” will bring back John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy as Republican senators living under one roof in Washington, D.C.
Here are descriptions of the new shows, as provided by Amazon:
“The After” — from Chris Carter, the legendary creator of “The X-Files” — 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.
“Bosch,” based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling book series about a relentless LAPD homicide detective, will be co-written by Connelly and Overmyer. It features Titus Welliver, Annie Wersching, and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin and Fabrik Entertainment (“The Killing”) are producing.
“Mozart in the Jungle” is a half hour comedic drama about sex, drugs and classical music. The cast includes Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters and Peter Vack. The series will be written by Oscar-nominee Roman Coppola, as well as Jason Schwartzman, Tony-nominated writer and director Alex Timbers, and Oscar-nominee Paul Weitz.
“Transparent,” a dramedy about a Los Angeles family with serious boundary issues, comes from Jill Soloway and stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass. It is an exploration of sex, gender and family that begins when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out.
“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” is a live-action adventure show created by David Anaxagoras, a preschool teacher and first-time writer who was discovered through Amazon Studios’ open-door submission process. The series 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 suburban neighborhood that has a hint of something magical just beneath the surface.
“Wishenpoof!” is written by Angela Santomero, creator of “Blue’s Clues,” “Creative Galaxy,” and the Emmy-nominated literacy series, “Super Why!” It is an animated series 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 summer, Amazon will premiere its first three kids series Creative Galaxy, Tumble Leaf and Annedroids exclusively on Prime Instant Video. Each show will focus on important skills for children — science, arts and critical thinking — and will foster creativity by promoting learning through play.