Watch on Amazon Instant Video Today: Amazon Debuts Five New Original Comedy and Drama Pilots

  Watch on Amazon Instant Video Today: Amazon Debuts Five New Original Comedy
  and Drama Pilots

Three half hour comedies and two hour-long thrillers are now available for US
                  and UK customers to watch, rate and review

 Pilot episodes star Selma Blair, Adam Brody, Sarah Chalke, Dana Delany, Ron
      Perlman, Paul Reiser, Chloë Sevigny and Mena Suvari, among others

 Shows come from critically-acclaimed creators including Shaun Cassidy, Marc
       Forster, David Gordon Green, Steven Soderbergh and Whit Stillman

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- August 28, 2014

(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today launched its third pilot season, calling on
customers in the US and UK to watch a brand new slate of original comedy and
drama pilots, and provide feedback to help determine which shows should be
made into Amazon Original Series. The line-up includes everything from a visit
to modern day Paris, a psycho-physiological illness spread through social
media, the humor and complexities of marriage, a New Jersey 1980’s flashback,
and a mysterious thriller. The pilots can be viewed with the Amazon Instant
Video app available on Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire tablets, Fire phone, iPad,
iPhone, iPod Touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, as well as hundreds of other
connected devices such as smart TVs—or customers can visit
to watch online.

The five new pilots include half hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really and
Red Oaks, and hour-long dramatic thrillers Hand of God and Hysteria. The
pilots come from renowned creators including Shaun Cassidy, Jay Chandrasekhar,
Marc Forster, David Gordon Green, Steven Soderbergh and Whit Stillman, and
star Selma Blair, Adam Brody, Sarah Chalke, Dana Delany, Ron Perlman, Paul
Reiser, Chloë Sevigny and Mena Suvari.

“We’re delighted to bring Amazon customers the work of thesepassionate and
talented creators and are excited to get customer feedback,” saidRoy Price,
Director of Amazon Studios."It's an exciting time at Prime Instant Video,
with new, original shows coming to the service every month for the rest of the

As part of its unique development process, Amazon gives customers an
opportunity to provide feedback on which pilots they want turned into series
on Prime Instant Video. During pilot season, any Amazon customer in the US and
UK can watch, rate and comment on the pilots. At the end of pilot season, that
feedback helps determine the shows that become an Amazon Original Series. This
past February, Amazon customers posted comments during the second pilot
season, which helped Amazon decide to green light six series—Transparent,
Mozart in the Jungle, Bosch, The After, and kids series Gortimer Gibbon’s Life
on Normal Street and Wishenpoof!

Amazon’s third pilot season includes the following shows:

The Cosmopolitans

Written, directed and produced by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman
(Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco), The Cosmopolitans follows a
group of young American expatriates in contemporary Paris searching for love
and friendship in a foreign city. The romantic comedy pilot stars Adam Brody
as Jimmy, Chloë Sevigny as Vicky, Carrie MacLemore as Aubrey, Dree Hemingway
as Camille, Freddy Åsblom as Fritz, Jordan Rountree as Hal, and Adriano
Giannini as Sandro. The pilot was filmed on location in Paris.

Hand of God

Marking the television debut of renowned filmmaker Marc Forster (Monster’s
Ball, Finding Neverland, World War Z) and  written by Ben Watkins, Hand of God
stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since
Sons of Anarchy as Judge Pernell Harris. Hand of God also stars Dana Delany as
the Judge’s protective wife Crystal Harris, Garret Dillahunt as KD, the
born-again sociopath whose violent tendencies are exploited by Pernell, Andre
Royo as the slick, smart, gregarious, and greedy mayor Robert ‘Bobo’ Boston,
Alona Tal as Pernell’s grieving daughter-in-law Jocelyn Harris, Julian Morris
as the questionable preacher Paul Curtis, Elizabeth McLaughlin as the
preacher’s sultry girlfriend Alicia, and Emayatzy Corinealdi as Pernell’s call
girl and confidante Tessie. The show centers on the powerful Judge Harris, a
hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side,
who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the
rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell
begins to rely on “visions” and “messages” he believes are being sent by God
through Pernell's ventilator-bound son. Forster, Watkins, Perlman, Brian
Wilkins and Jeff King are Executive Producers, and Jillian Kugler is
co-Executive Producer.


Hysteria takes viewers to Austin, Texas where social connection has become
contagious. In the pilot, members of a girls’ competitive dance team are
stricken with a strange, psycho-physiological illness that manifests itself in
violent fits and spasms and then begins spreading in the community through
technology. Neurologist Logan Harlen (played by Mena Suvari) returns to her
hometown to investigate the cause. Fighting her own demons and the growing
manipulation of a brother on death row, Logan develops an uneasy suspicion
that the hysteria surrounding the girls might actually be linked to social
media and her own tragic past. Hysteria is written by Shaun Cassidy, who is
known for genre thrillers such as Invasion and American Gothic, and directed
by Otto Bathurst, who won the BAFTA Award for his work on the
critically-acclaimed U.K. mini-series Peaky Blinders. The show  also stars
James McDaniel (Orange Is The New Black) as Carl Sapsi, Josh Stewart (The Dark
Knight Rises) as Ray Ratajeck, Adan Canto (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Matt
Sanchez, Laura San Giacomo (Saving Grace)  as Grace Pelayo and T.R. Knight
(Grey’s Anatomy) as Carter Harlen. The show is written by Cassidy, who is also
Executive Producer alongside Adam Schroeder, Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove,
Broderick Johnson, Bryan Zuriff, and Bathurst. In addition to Suvari,
McDaniel, Stewart, Canto, San Giacomo and Knight, Hysteria also stars Ella Rae
Peck and Jenessa Grant. Pilot guest stars include Jason Douglas, Heather
Kafka, Asjha Cooper, and Evie Thompson. Amazon Studios is collaborating with
Universal Television and Alcon Television Group on the production of Hysteria.


Written, directed and starring Jay Chandrasekhar, Really is a funny,
extremely, honest behind-the-curtain look at the complexities of marriage and
the charged dynamics of a tight-knit group of friends. The show is about four
hard-charging suburban Chicago couples trying to grasp on-to their dwindling
youth. At the center are the happily but messily married couple Jed, played by
Chandrasekhar, and Lori, played by Sarah Chalke. When Jed is faced with the
choice of keeping his pal’s secret or destroying his friend group, he winds up
digging himself into a very deep hole. Really explores marriage, friendship
and the stifling peculiarities of suburban Chicago life. The pilot also stars 
Selma Blair, Travis Schuldt, Hayes MacArthur,  Collette Wolfe, Luka Jones,
Lindsay Sloane and Rob Delaney. Really comes from Main Street Films’ Craig
Chang and Harrison Kordestani, and Executive Producer Jamie Tarses (Happy

Red Oaks

Directed by Sundance award-winner David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express,
Eastbound and Down) and executive produced by Academy Award winner Steven
Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra, Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven), Red Oaks stars
Craig Roberts (Submarine)  as David Myers, an assistant tennis pro at the Red
Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985, who is both reeling from his
father’s heart attack and conflicted about what major to declare in the fall.
While there, he meets a colorful cast of misfit co-workers and wealthy club
members including an alluring art student named Skye (played by guest star
Alexandra Socha) and her corporate raider father Getty played by Paul Reiser
(Mad About You). A coming-of-age comedy set in the “go-go” 80s that is equal
parts hijinks and heartfelt, Red Oaks is about enjoying a last hurrah before
summer comes to an end—and the future begins. Red Oaks also stars Jennifer
Grey (It’s Like, You Know) as Judy Myers, Richard Kind (Luck) as Sam Myers,
Oliver Cooper (Californication)  as Wheeler, Gage Golightly as Karen, and
Ennis Esmer as Nash. Red Oaks is written by Gregory Jacobs (The Knick)  and
Joe Gangemi (Eliza Graves). Soderbergh, Green, Jacobs, and Gangemi are
Executive Producers.

About Amazon Studios

Last year Amazon Studios launched its first two prime time series,Alpha
HouseandBetas,and recently debuted its first three children’s series,
theAnnecy International Animated Film FestivalAward-winningTumble
LeaffromBix Pix Entertainment, as well asCreative GalaxyfromAngela
Santomero and Out of the Blue Enterprises, the creators ofBlue’s Clues, and
Annedroids, from Emmy nominatedSinking Ship Entertainment.

Amazon Studios will later this year debut two new comedy series, Jill
Soloway’sTransparent, and Mozartin the JunglefromPaul Weitz,John J.
Strauss, Roman CoppolaandJason Schwartzman, along with season two of Garry
Trudeau’s Alpha House. In addition, Amazon will also debut a new kids
seriesGortimer Gibbon’s Life onNormal Streetfrom David Anaxagoras. In early
2015, Amazon will release two drama series, Chris Carter’sThe After and
Michael Connelly’sBosch. Amazon Original Series are available exclusively to
Prime members through Prime Instant Video.

Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and
episodic series—one that’s open to great ideas from creators and audiences
around the world. Anyone can upload a script andAmazonStudios will read and
review all submissions. Those who choose to make their projects public will
also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community.

Comprehensive cast and crew information, including bios and filmographies, is
available onAmazon'sIMDb (, the world’s most popular and
authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content.

Amazonopened on the World Wide Web inJuly 1995. The company is guided by
three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for
invention, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping,
personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment byAmazon, AWS,Kindle Direct
Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the
products and services pioneered byAmazon.

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