Amazon Picks Up New Series By The Writers Of 'The X-Files,' 'The Wire'
Now that we got wind of Amazon Studios adding four new series to its roster, we can breathe a sigh of relief. We were getting worried that we would get too attached to the first episodes during Amazon's pilot season—and never see the shows again.
Sources close to the deal told Variety that a total of four comedies and dramas are in the bag; however, Amazon Studios stayed mum on the news. This is Amazon's second pilot season, where they let viewers watch pilots of new series and let them vote on which ones should get the green light to be made into an entire season. You'll be able to watch the shows (when they're finally made) by subscribing to Amazon Prime's service, and the episodes roll out one-by-one unlike how Netflix puts out the whole season for binge-watching.
Let's just say we're pretty excited about the ones that made the cut. It's going to be another good year for shows on subscription-based services. Netflix may need to move over a bit. Here are the series that Variety reports are getting a full-season treatment:
Jeffrey Tambor (you know, George Bluth Sr. from Arrested Development?) takes the lead in this comedy created by Jill Soloway of Six Feet Under and United States of Tara fame. Based in Los Angeles, Tambor portrays the father of three pretty self-absorbed children who are in their 20s to 30s (and live on the Eastside). He has a secret he wants to reveal to his family—that he's transitioning into becoming a woman. (Now, do you get the name of the show?) Also starring in the comedy is Judith Light, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass.
Hey, if Chris Carter's involved, you know you're going to watch it. The X-Files creator is returning to TV (a long-awaited return) based on an unexplained phenomenon again, but this time with the drama series The After. Eight strangers (including a character played by Jamie Kennedy) are thrust together into some sort of end-of-the-world situation, and it looks like we'll slowly be piecing together how it happened since the pilot didn't explain it!
Mozart in the Jungle
Just to give you a heads up, we're working with some pretty heavy hitters here. First, we've got Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Y Tu Mamá También) starring in this series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the drama involving classical musicians in the New York Symphony. Mozart in the Jungle is based off of a memoir by Blair Tindell and the adaptation is written by Moonrise Kingdown's Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, and Broadway writer and director Alex Timbers. It's also directed by Paul Weiss (About a Boy).
Eric Overmyer of The Wire and Treme fame brings Bosch, a L.A.-centric cop drama based on Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series. We get to see Titus Welliver (The Good Wife) and some familiar faces from the Wire—Lance Reddick and Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield!).