Amazon Studios New Original Comedy, Drama and Kids Pilots Debut with Rave Reviews from Customers and Critics

  Amazon Studios New Original Comedy, Drama and Kids Pilots Debut with Rave
  Reviews from Customers and Critics

Thousands of customer reviews have been submitted in just one week, with more
                    than 85% at four and five star ratings

 Amazon Instant Video saw the average number of streams per show increase by
  more than 100% for prime time pilots and 200% for kids shows versus first
                                 pilot season

  Critics love the pilots: “After watching the full line-up, it’s clear that
           Netflix is no longer the only game in town” – The Verge

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                            “Smart and Compelling”
                      “WOW! This is such a great pilot!”
                             “Adorable and Smart”
                         “Amazing, I must watch more”
                            “Can’t wait for more!”
                     “I want to see another episode ASAP”
               “Well done! We need more programming like this”

…and the customer reviews are still rolling in. In just one week since their
debut, Amazon Studios’ new original pilots have quickly become fan favorites
garnering rave reviews from thousands of customers. More than 85% of ratings
are 4 or 5 stars, and critics are calling the pilots “fresh” and “the best
pilot in years.” In addition, Amazon Instant Video saw more than a 100%
increase in the average number of streams per show for prime time pilots and a
200% increase for kid’s pilots per show versus last year’s pilot season.

All 10 pilots are currently available for any customer to view, rate and
provide feedback on, ultimately helping determine which shows will become full
series. The pilots are available to watch exclusively at and on the Amazon Instant Video app for Kindle Fire
HD, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, as
well as hundreds of other connected devices.

“Our goal is to create shows that customers will love and we couldn’t be more
pleased with the feedback we’ve received so far,” said Roy Price, Director of
Amazon Studios. “It’s great to see our customers reacting so passionately
towards these pilots. The dramatic increase in the average number of streams
for our prime time and kid’s pilots tells us we’re on the right path in
creating shows our customers want to watch. If you haven’t watched them yet,
don’t miss your opportunity to help determine which ones will become full

Here’s what the critics are saying:

“Amazon's pilot season is back, and this time its bringing shows that have
Netflix in the center of its crosshairs.” – Joan Solsman, CNET

“(Mozart in the Jungle) Classical music finally gets its own Kitchen
Confidential in this comedy based on Blair Tindall’s memoir. It’s sort of like
Smash, except simultaneously more authentic and much funnier. And Lola Kirke —
sister of Girls star Jemima — makes an appealing heroine.” – Dalton Ross,
Entertainment Weekly

“This year's batch of brand new pilots from Amazon Studiosjust went live, and
there are surprising numbers of stars in the mix. From a drug-laced drama
about classical music with Gael Garcia-Bernal to a dysfunctional family comedy
with Jeffrey Tambor (wait that sounds familiar), there's something for
everybody.” - Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

“I watch a lot of TV pilots, and here's the biggest question I had after
watching "The After," a new Amazon show from "X-Files" creator Chris Carter.
Why didn't a cable or broadcast network make this show? It's certainly better
than a lot of the one-hour programs the broadcast networks have debuted in the
last year or two, and the first hour of Carter's new project as good as or
better than a fair number of cable pilots.” – Maureen Ryan, Huffington

On Transparent: “The show has authenticity and specificity. The family is
immediately recognizable as a very true-to-life nominally Jewish, L.A.-bred,
casually super-affluent clan. By the episode’s last act … I was already
completely invested in the characters … Transparent already has me addicted.”
– Willa Paskin, Slate

On Bosch: “As a longtime fan of the 18 novels about the hard-boiled Los
Angeles homicide detective, I would say: Nailed it.” – Colette Bancroft, Tampa
Bay Times

“Transparent is my favorite pilot in years, and by a lot.” – Margaret Lyons,

“Running the gamut from dark comedy to noir to the latest from X-Files
mastermind Chris Carter, the emphasis is almost entirely on mature, dramatic
subject matter — and after watching the full line-up, it’s clear that Netflix
is no longer the only game in town.” – Bryan Bishop, The Verge

“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street: There’s something enjoyably
old-fashioned about this live-action series in which the eponymous Gortimer
(along with friends Ranger and Mel) find adventures at the end of their
street. It’s corny, true, but strangely charming because of that. It feels
like something you might have watched growing up...” – Graeme McMillan, WIRED

Here’s what customers are saying:

Prime Time Pilots

The After: “This is binge watch material for sure. Hope Amazon has the smarts
to pick it up because I'm sure I'm not the only one who want MORE MORE!”

Bosch: “But you don't have to know anything about the novels to enjoy this
high-quality police procedural. The writing is clever, the story is gripping,
and the acting is top-notch. Just as New York City was a main character in the
original Law & Order, the portrayal of Los Angeles is utterly authentic. More

Mozart in the Jungle: “Brilliant acting. Love seeing this kind of dark, flashy
nuttiness set in the classical music world. Excellent dialogue and acting.
Also love the NYC setting. Hope it gets picked up!”

The Rebels: “Great show full of promise. Really enjoyed the fun,
frenetically-paced first episode. Keeps the dream alive for LA to actually
HAVE a football team! It has great pacing and funny characters, very goofy and
I would expect that you'd only like it more as it has time to develop the
characters and storyline, I want to see more... “

Transparent: “Groundbreaking. This show has heart, humor, edge and amazing
work done by everyone. A leap into uncharted series waters that not only takes
us into a unique experience, but also charts a path that entertains, engages,
engrosses and enlightens. Check it out.”

Kid’s Pilots

Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street : “Great family programming. Finally! A
show you can watch and enjoy with all ages. Gortimer Gibbons captures the
essence of childhood summers, with all of summer's adventures and friendship.
There is enough dramatic tension to move the story forward, but not so much
that the kids run from the room. It speaks directly to the kid in all of us,
while not talking down to the actual kids in the room. A wonderful show! We
want to see Gortimer and friends in more adventures!”

Hardboiled Eggheads: “Super cool show!!!! Great plot and interesting
characters! Hope this keeps being produced! One episode is just not enough”

The Jo B. and G. Raff Show: “Just loved it! What a super cute show!! My 2.5
year old loved it and keeps asking to see it again. I appreciate the positive
message, delivered with just enough humor to keep parents engaged as well. A
beautiful piece of animation… can't wait to see more from Jo B. and G. Raff!”

Maker Shack Agency: “Finally a kid’s show with some integrity! Loved it from
START TO FINISH!! The actors feel fresh and the story is something unlike
anything on TV now! I can't remember laughing this hard during a kid's show
since the old Nick shows I loved as a kid. I also love that you have a girl
lead in a science show! What a great message to young girls and how topical.
The girl who plays Jo is a star for sure and would love to see more of her.”

Wishenpoof: “My child loved this film and watched it from beginning to end. I
think she was in love with the music and the animation as soon as it went out
off she reached for the mouse to watch it again and cried when I told her
there was only one episode.”

How to Watch

Customers can watch the pilots with the Amazon Instant Video app available on
Kindle Fire tablets, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii,
as well as hundreds of other connected devices such as smart TVs. Customers
can also visit to watch online. Viewer feedback will help determine
which pilots Amazon Studios will produce into full series to air on Prime
Instant Video.

Prime Time Pilots

The After

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 Afterfollows 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.


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.

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.

The Rebels

Written by Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach, sports comedy The Rebels follows
Julie Levine (Natalie Zea) after her husband suddenly dies and leaves her as
the sole owner of a pro-football team. The Rebels creative team also includes
executive producer, Matt Alvarez (Ride Along), musician and actor Ice Cube and
Michael Strahan, former football player for the New York Giants and host of
Live with Kelly and Michael.


Written and directed by Emmy-nominee and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner
Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight,Six Feet Under andUnited 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
Duplassstar in the pilot.

Kids Pilots

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.

Hardboiled Eggheads

Hardboiled Eggheads, created by Emmy Award-winner Duane Capizzi (Transformers
Prime, Jackie Chan Adventures, Men in Black: The Series) is an animated
action-comedy for children ages 6-11. The ultra-precocious bespectacled Kelvin
and Miles may look, dress, and speak like typical nerds, but when these two
brainiacs suit up in their high-collared white lab coats and protective
goggles to battle monsters born of toxic waste, martians lured to Earth, or
even killer vegetables, they don’t look and sound so nerdy anymore.

The Jo B. & G. Raff Show

The Jo B. & G. Raff Show is an animated series created by multiple Emmy
Award-winning writer and producer  Josh Selig (The Wonder Pets). Created
specifically to help teach preschoolers the importance of resolving conflict
in constructive ways, The Jo B. & G. Raff Show follows two best friends, Jo B.
and G. Raff, hosts of their very own TV show. Each day, just as their show is
about to start, Jo B. realizes G. Raff has gone somewhere new and exciting and
needs to go find him. Jo B. travels to get G. Raff, but G. Raff always wants
to stay and explore. The two friends end up reaching a compromise and singing,
“If I give a little and you give a little, together we can meet in the

Maker Shack Agency

Maker Shack Agencytakes a unique look at the “maker” movement through the
adventures of Wolfie, a 13-year-old inventor with grand idea and a motto of
“fail forward.” Together with his friends Merle, a tech wizard, and Jo, a girl
who can build anything, they create gadgets to help fellow classmates. Wolfie,
Merle and Jo use all the branches of science and personal ingenuity to solve
problems with a new invention in every episode. Created in conjunction with
the think tank Applied Minds and the production company Electus, the pilot was
written by Arland DiGirolamo (Sketchy), Geoff Barbanell (Kickin’ It) and
directed by Alex Winter (Ben 10, Downloaded) and features original music from
Dr. Dog.


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.

About Amazon Studios

Since its launch in November 2010, more than 20,000 movie scripts and 6,000
series projects have been submitted to Amazon Studios. The original series
announced today are the second set of series pilots for Amazon Studios.

Amazon Studios continues to invite series creators to upload their proposals
for comedy and children’s programming at or submit them privately via
Amazon Studios.

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