Amazon Studios’ first pilot season of 2015 will debut Thursday, Jan. 15, unveiling seven drama and comedy projects as well as a half-dozen kid-centric pilots.
Already due to debut via Amazon Studios this year are the first full seasons of Bosch, Hand of God and Red Oaks, plus Season 2 of Transparent. (Chris Carter’s The After meanwhile just had its series order scrapped.)
The dramas and comedies are as follows (click photos to zoom):
COCKED | Created by Samuel Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan), this drama stars Sam Trammell (True Blood) as a man who 20 years ago left his family in rural Colorado and vowed never to go back. Unfortunate circumstances then dictate his return home, to help his family’s gun business. Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl), Brian Dennehy (Death of a Salesman), Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) and Dreama Walker (The Good Wife) round out the cast.
DOWN DOG | Josh Casaubon (I Just Want My Pants Back) fronts this comedy as Logan Wood, a yoga teacher whose life unravels in the wake of his break-up with a successful, attractive older woman (Paget Brewster, Criminal Minds). The cast includes Lyndsy Fonseca (Nikita), Will Greenberg (Halt and Catch Fire), Andrea Savage (The Life and Times of Tim), Amir Talai (American Dad), Kris Kristofferson (Lone Star) and Alysia Reiner (Orange Is the New Black).
MAD DOGS | This hour-long dark comedy/UK adaptation, whose EPs include Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Marney Hochman (Last Resort), follows the reunion of a group of underachieving fortysomething pals who are all at different crossroads in their lives. The cast includes stars Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club), Billy Zane (Titanic), Romany Malco (Weeds), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Ben Chaplin (The Truth About Cats and Dogs).
THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE | Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel and penned by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), this drama asks what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II, picking up the action 20 years afterward. The cast includes Alexa Davalos (Mob City), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), Rupert Evans (The Village), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat Legacy), Joel De La Fuente (Hemlock Grove), Rufus Sewell (Eleventh Hour) and DJ Qualls (Z Nation).
THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS | America’s most award-winning magazine comes to life in this half-hour docu-series, whose offerings include a short film starring Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and Brett Gelman (Go On); a poem by Matthew Dickman narrated by Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man); a documentary about biologist Tyrone Hayes, directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs); and an interview with performance artist Marina Abramović.
POINT OF HONOR | Written by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and director Randall Wallace (Braveheart), this Civil War-era drama follows a Virginia family, led by their West Point-bred son (Nathan Parsons, True Blood), as it makes the controversial decision to defend the South while freeing all of their slaves. The cast also includes Christopher O’Shea (Baby Daddy), Annabelle Stephenson (Revenge), Riley Voelkel (The Newsroom), Hanna Mangan Lawrence (Old School), Patrick Heusinger (Revolution), Luke Benward (Ravenswood), Adrienne Warren (Black Box), Lucien Laviscount (Waterloo Road) and James Harvey Ward (Low Winter Sun).
SALEM ROGERS | In this half-hour comedy, Leslie Bibb (About a Boy) fills the title role of an overly confident, blunt, hard-partying former supermodel who is forced to face her past and re-enter the real world after 10 years in a posh rehab center. The cast includes Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Brad Morris (Playing House), Harry Hamlin (Mad Men), Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors) and Scott Adsit (30 Rock).
The six kid-centric pilots include Buddy: Tech Detective, Sara Solves It, The Stinky & Dirty Show, Niko and the Sword of Light, Table 58 and Just Add Magic.