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 amazonoriginals.com 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).
Hand of God
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).
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).
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).
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.