Amazon Sets Premiere for 13 Pilots, Including The Man in the High Castle, Carlton Cuse's Civil War Drama

Man in High Castle

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 | CockedCreated 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 | Down DogJosh 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 | Mad DogsThis 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 | Man in High CastleBased 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 | New Yorker PresentsAmerica’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 | Point of HonorWritten 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 | Salem RogersIn 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.

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  1. What would be the point if they can just cancel the series people vote for?

    • soakedpancakes says:

      Not to mention that the shows that don’t get cancelled take well over a year to actually premiere. By then, everyone’s forgotten about them, and actors and the sort have booked other gigs.

      • johnhelvete says:

        These shows are doing 10 episode seasons that probably take at most 5 months to film, the actors finding other work for the other 7 months of the year is hardly surprising. The original actress that played Tammy in the Transparent pilot got pregnant and that role was recast, I am not aware of other roles being recast, but I could be wrong.

        Both Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle premiered less than a year from when the pilots were put online. It does look like Bosch will not premiere until February which would make it a year. Amazon does not have to debut 5 new shows (or more) in September like the networks do, I would agree some of their shows hopefully will be released a little quicker in the future.

        By the way it is one show that got cancelled, one out of six if you only count the comedies and dramas, since I have no idea about the kid shows.

    • Brock says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Not going to bother. Hardly any of them get made and those that do take too long.

  2. analog says:

    Still waiting for The Cosmopolitans.

    • johnhelvete says:

      Additional scripts were ordered but it has not yet been picked up to series.

      • herman1959 says:

        Don’t hold your breath. The only good thing about the pilot was that Shaun Evans was to star in it, but then he decided not to and the role was recast. The resulting pilot was no big deal, that’s why things are moving so S-L-O-W.

  3. Steven says:

    I wish I had Amazon Prime only for Salem Rogers. I’ve loved Leslie Bibb since Popular.

  4. Ally Oop says:

    Point of Honour and The Man in the High Castle look good. I still haven’t seen Transparent. I wish I could get Amazon in Canada.

  5. Eric says:

    Some of these shows have amazing casts, wow. I still don’t think of Amazon Streaming as a huge competitor in the TV market but it might be time to reevaluate that.

  6. Amber says:

    The Man in the High Castle and Point of Honor sound like they could be interesting. That said, so far I’ve found Amazon original content (the same with Netflix) mostly unappealing. If streaming original content on sites like these are the wave of the future then there needs to be more variety than artsy (which I sometimes like) type shows with graphic content. Some people want to watch a family friendly show or a romantic series, a period drama or even a genre show more akin to the CW or Syfy. There are different types of viewers which I think should be taken more into account.

  7. calatkinson says:

    Im still dissapointed The Rebels didnt go beyond the pilot. But Salem Rogers, Cocked, Mad Dogs, The Man in High Castle and Down Dog all look cool. If they’re good I just hope they get a full season.

  8. titoveli says:

    lol this sh!t again … amazon just troll us by not goin forward with “the after” and now they got all this shows that sounds horrible

  9. midoro says:

    The Man in the High Castle sounds interesting, and it´s got a role Rufus Sewell could get his teeth into!

  10. nerdrage says:

    The Man in the High Castle may finally be enough to tempt me to subscribe to Amazon…but I may restrain myself as a protest vote for that horrible sounding whitewashy Civil War drama. Why can’t they just be H O N E S T and depict Confederates as they were, people who had no problem at all with slavery, whether they happened to own slaves or not, not closet abolitionists. (In fact there were quite a few Southerners who were abolitionists, but they moved North before the war to avoid being murdered for their political beliefs…how about a TV series about that, Amazon???)