Amazon Ordering Four TV Series From Its Pilots — Which Made the Cut? (UPDATE)
Update (March 12, 2014): Good news if you were a fan of the adult-geared shows in Amazon's "Pilot Season" this year — chances are, your favorite show made the cut.
Varietyreports that, in a decision based in part on user feedback, the e-commerce site has decided to order four of the pilots to full series — giving the greenlight to post-apocalyptic drama The After, cop show Bosch, symphony comedy Mozart in the Jungle, and unconventional family saga Transparent.
Unfortunately, that implies that it's curtains for the football comedy The Rebels.
As for the kids' shows, we're still awaiting word from Amazon.
In the meantime, read about all the aforementioned shows below.
Original story (February 6, 2014): Trying to prove that Netflix isn't the only internet TV network in town, Amazon has released 10 new pilots today — five for adults, five for kids — on its Prime Instant Video service.
For example, out of it pilot lineup from April, Amazon granted series orders to two: Alpha House and Betas.
And here are Amazon's latest hopefuls:
Bosch: A homicide detective (Lost's Titus Welliver) pursues a 13-year-old boy's killer while standing trial over his alleged murder of a serial killer. Based on the Harry Bosch book series by Michael Connelly. Also starring Annie Wersching (24), Amy Price-Francis (The Cleaner), and Jamie Hector (The Wire).
The After: Eight strangers unite after a mysterious event turns the world violent and unpredictable. Created by X-Files mastermind Chris Carter. Starring Aldis Hodge (Leverage), Jamie Kennedy (Malibu's Most Wanted), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Adrian Pasdar (Heroes), and Jason Lewis (Sex and the City).
Mozart in the Jungle: A behind-the-scenes look at a symphony orchestra — and the musicians' sex-and-drug-fueled lifestyles. Written by Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom) with Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher). Starring Gael Garcia Bernal (Y tu mamá también), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), and Bernadette Peters (Annie).
Transparent: A dark comedy about a Los Angeles family "with serious boundary issues" — an "exploration of sex, memory, gender, and legacy." Starring Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Judith Light (Ugly Betty), and Jay Duplass (The Mindy Project).
The Rebels: A woman (The Following's Natalie Zea) becomes the sole owner of a pro football team when her husband suddenly dies. Also starring Josh Peck (The Wackness), Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), and Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back).
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street: A coming-of-age tale set on a seemingly-ordinary suburb with hidden magic.
Hardboiled Eggheads: In this animated action-comedy, two nerdy kids use science to combat toxic monsters, Martians, and even deadly vegetables.
The Jo B. & G. Raff Show: Two best friends work to produce their own TV show — that is, when Jo B. can find the flighty G. Raff — in this animated show about compromise and conflict resolution.
Maker Shack Agency: Three tween-aged friends team up and use their science expertise to invent something new in each episode of this show based on the "maker" movement.
Wishenproof!: In this animated project, a girl named Bianca gets whatever she wishes and uses this "wish magic" for good.