Amazon Debuts Its Five New Pilots: Watch the Trailer, Watch Them Now

Amazon on Thursday morning debuted its third pilot season, where you, the consumer, can screen and vote on a total of five new projects featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).

This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent (premiering Sept. 26; watch trailer), X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver.

The new crop of pilots can be sampled in the trailer above and viewed in full using the Amazon Instant Video app available on Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire tablets, Fire phone, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, among other devices — or customers can visit to watch online. Brief summaries follow.

This comedy promises an honest look at the complex-ities of marriage and the charged dynamics of a tight-knit group of friends in suburban Chicago. The cast includes series creator Jay Chandrasekhar (of Broken Lizard), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions), Travis Schuldt (Scrubs), Hayes MacArthur (Go On), Collette Wolfe (Cougar Town), Luka Jones (Up All Night), Lindsay Sloane (Weeds) and Rob Delaney (Burning Love).

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This drama centers on Pernell Harris (Perlman), a law-bending judge who embarks on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart, relying on “messages” he believes are being sent by God through his ventilator-bound son. The cast also includes Dana Delany, Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope), Andre Royo (The Wire) and Alona Tal (Veronica Mars).

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Written, directed and produced by Whit Stillman (Metropolitan) and filmed on location, this romantic comedy follows a group of young American expatriates in contemporary Paris searching for love and friendship. The cast includes Adam Brody (The O.C.) and Chloë Sevigny (Big Love).

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Members of a girls’ competitive dance team are stricken with a strange, psycho-physiological illness that begins spreading in the community through technology. Mena Suvari plays the neurologist who returns to her hometown of Austin, Texas, to investigate the cause — ultimately suspecting that it might be linked to her tragic past. Penned by Shaun Cassidy (Invasion), the pilot’s cast includes James McDaniel (Orange Is The New Black), Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises), Adan Canto (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Laura San Giacomo (Saving Grace) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).

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Produced by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Cinemax’s The Knick), this coming-of-age comedy stars Craig Roberts (Submarine) as an assistant tennis pro at a country club in circa 1985 New Jersey. The cast includes Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), Richard Kind (Spin City), Oliver Cooper (Californication), Gage Golightly and Ennis Esmer.

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  1. bar says:

    What a culmination of former network TV stars! Chalke, Knight, Brody and Delaney were all favorites for me on their old shows. Crazy!

  2. bar says:

    Also I like how mangled TR Knight’s face was in the one second he was in the promo. He looked like George after the accident :o

  3. K says:

    I’ll watch ANYTHING Chloe Sevigny is in.

  4. AT says:

    Why do most of the cable or online streaming shows have to be TV-MA? Is is because that’s the only way they can be taken seriously or be considered artistic? If online is the way we’re going and I think it is and should be, there should be more variety for various viewers. Not everyone wants graphic content. Perhaps regular TV doesn’t include as much graphic content because they can’t, but just because you can doesn’t always mean you should. For Amazon pilot season they should have a little more variety for a variety of viewers, especially since they’re representing the future of TV. Maybe a good period drama Downton Abbey like? That all said, I am interested in a couple of these and will check them out, though none of them sound like “must watch” for me.

    • Lerbert says:

      Thank you for making this comment. I’m sure there are many tv fan(atics) whose interests range from Sons of Anarchy to The Fosters to The Good Wife to Community to OITNB to Person of Interest to Masterpiece Theatre and back again who also see the need for a few more series that are as intelligently written, directed, produced and acted but are not as visually explicit. A cherry would be a series or even specials comprising of new material (no reboots/rehashes/revisits) geared to younger viewers minus laugh trax and morality lessons.

    • nerdrage says:

      You’re right that they need to branch out some. A period drama (but not an inane soap like Downton Abbey) or something more visually enticing in the sci fi arena than Earth-based X-Files knockoffs (The After and Hysteria) would be good ideas. Amazon is still too much in the broadcast/basic cable mode.

  5. ggny says:

    Some really good casts here.

  6. Bwhit says:

    I watched Hand of God and think it has a lot to build on. The ending left me wanting to know more. Ron Perlman was superb as always and each character has some sort of backstory. I’m intrigued enough to vote yes.

  7. Babybop says:

    They don’t sound that great… But I’m so in love with Adam Brody that I might just have to watch that one.

  8. Justin says:

    Red Oaks is GREAT!

  9. dreamlife613 says:

    I loved Hand of God and Red Oaks. Really and The Cosmopolitans were gross and terrible (Really) and boring and terrible (Cosmopolitans).

    • Bwhit says:

      I agree about the cosmopolitans. I really wanted to like it because of Adam Brody, but I could not get into it at all. It was jumbled and annoying.

  10. P.R says:

    With the exception of ‘Hand of God’, nothing here for me to see.

  11. DavidSask says:

    Red Oaks looks horrible and Oliver Cooper is the worst!

  12. lo' says:

    Not one of these look interesting,and the one about psycho-psychological illness passing through computers is down right ridiculous.

  13. nerdrage says:

    My rankings, according to how long I managed to watch the pilot before getting bored:

    Hand of God – best Amazon pilot to date, made it halfway thru.
    Red Oaks – pretty funny, made it 15 minutes
    Hysteria – ten minutes, but just to see how bad it would get
    Cosmopolitans – five minutes
    Really – .0005 milliseconds

    So, still nothing worth me bothering to subscribe to see. Try again next year, Amazon.