Amazon Studios has announced the premiere date of its third pilot season in the U.S. and U.K. Three half-hour comedies and two hour-long dramas will be available for users to watch, rate and review beginning on Thursday, Aug. 28.
Creators include Shaun Cassidy, Jay Chandrasekhar, Marc Forster, Steven Soderbergh and Whit Stillman, and stars include Adam Brody, Sarah Chalke, Dana Delany, Selma Blaire, Ron Perlman, Paul Reiser, Chloe Sevigny and Mena Suvari.
The pilots up for consideration to be made into series can be viewed via the Amazing Instant VIdeo app on Fire TV, Kindle Fire tablets and phones, iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii or via Amazon.com/AIV.
“We are delighted to be able to bring Amazon customers new shows from some of Hollywood’s most talented actors and creators,” says Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “There is something for everyone in this season and I can’t wait to hear our customers’ feedback when they premiere later this month.”
Amazon’s third pilot season includes the following shows:
Written, directed and produced by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman, “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, Chloë Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Åsblom, Jordan Rountree and Adriano Giannini. The pilot was filmed on location in Paris.
‘Hand of God’
Marking the television debut of renowned filmmaker Marc Forster and written by Ben Watkins, “Hand of God” stars Ron Perlman as Judge Pernell Harris and Dana Delany as the judge’s protective wife. It also stars Garret Dillahunt as a born-again sociopath whose violent tendencies are exploited by Pernell, Andre Royo as the slick, smart, gregarious, and greedy mayor, Alona as Pernell’s grieving daughter-in-law, Julian Morris as a questionable preacher, Elizabeth McLaughlin as the preacher’s sultry girlfriend and Emayatzy Corinealdi as Pernell’s call girl and confidante. 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.
“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.”
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 played by Chandrasekhar and Sarah Chalke. 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.
Directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Steven Soderbergh, “Red Oaks” stars Craig Roberts as 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 (Alexandra Socha) and her corporate raider father played by Paul Reiser. 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.