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A group of teens in a small Texas town suffer from unexplained seizures, which begin to spread to the wider population. A neurologist (played by Mena Suvari) returns home to investigate the medical mystery, only to suspect that the affliction is being spread through social media.
If it sounds far-fetched, even Mashable warns that the pilot “will make you incredibly paranoid.”
In this behind-the-scenes video, show creator Shaun Cassidy (Invasion) and Suvari explain what inspired them to make Hysteria, a drama that “combines the contagion thriller with the Internet paranoia thriller,” according to the New York Times.
Will it make you step away from Facebook? See for yourself by watching the pilot. »
Hysteria, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Written by Shaun Cassidy
Directed by Otto Bathurst
Released August 28, 2014 by Amazon
A veteran of television writing, and known mostly for having created the ABC science fiction drama Invasion, Shaun Cassidy’s next foray to the small screen comes courtesy of Amazon. Titled Hysteria, the series follows a medical investigator in Austin as she attempts to understand the cause behind a series of seizures and spasmic movements affecting a group of largely unrelated individuals. With Mena Suvari in the lead role, Amazon and the creators have released the pilot online in an attempt to get a series greenlight. Unfortunately, poor characterisation and a simplistic mystery at its core dooms this pilot by seemingly promising a dull show.
One of the key problems with this pilot, and potentially with the series as a whole, is that the central »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Believe it or not, films and television programmes added to Netflix and Amazon do have a tendency to expire and no longer be there after a while; this isn’t as publicised as when the titles in question are added though. So by the time you read this there are around 50 titles disappearing from Netflix.
If you have ever wanted to watch the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo then you have probably missed your chance by now. What this does mean however is that probably next week Netflix will have added a whole raft of new stuff, I say new but it will probably be a mixture of catalogue and stuff from the last year. I know that the underrated Enders Game and the superior Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due there in September, I just don’t know when.
In other Netflix news, they made industry headlines »
- Chris Holt
Amazon keeps accelerating the pace and output of its "pilot season" process. The original batch of Amazon pilots were presented to the public in April of last year; of those, only "Alpha House" (which got renewed for a second season) and "Betas" (which remains in limbo) got picked up. The second batch of pilots were unveiled less than a year later, and Amazon ordered almost all of them — other than "Rebels," the pro football comedy that no one seemed to like — to series. That was in February, and while none of those new shows has debuted — "Transparent," the best of the bunch, will premiere all of its episodes, Netflix-style, on September 26 — Amazon yesterday unveiled its third pilot season, even as there's already news about casting for the fourth wave of Amazon pilots. At this rate, they may be ordering some shows before a word's even been written, and traveling back »
- Alan Sepinwall
Not so long ago, reality TV promised us that anyone could be a famous singer,
or chef, or alligator wrestler, or Amish craftsman. Now it’s not enough to be onscreen talent: We want to be development execs, too.
We have that chance with Amazon presenting its third round of pilots, which can be found on Amazon Instant Video. Viewers can watch, rate, and review the five new shows, and their feedback will help the streaming site decide which pilots to pick up as original series. (Last time around it ordered six series, including Chris Carter’s The After and Jill Soloway’s Transparent. »
- Melissa Maerz
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 »
Amazon unveiled five new pilots Thursday from Whit Stillman, Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green, Shaun Cassidy, Jay Chandrasekhar and Marc Forster. Some of the stars attached to the projects include Selma Blair, Adam Brody, Sarah Chalke, Dana Delany, Ron Perlman, Paul Reiser, Chloë Sevigny and Mena Suvari. “We're delighted to bring Amazon customers the work of these passionate and talented creators and are excited to get customer feedback,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “It's an exciting time at Prime Instant Video, with new, original shows coming to the service every month for the rest of the year. »
- Tim Molloy
We’re excited to unveil five highly-anticipated new pilots from some of the most talented and renowned writers, filmmakers and actors. For the next four weeks, it’s up to you to watch, rate and review them – helping to determine which ones get the greenlight to a full series.
You’ll be treated to a wide range of stories and voices: Whit Stillman’s romantic comedy The Cosmopolitans, about the glamorous life of expats in Paris, starring Adam Brody and Chloë Sevigny. The Steven Soderbergh-produced comedy Red Oaks, about the upstairs/downstairs life of a college student at a 1980s Jersey country club, starring Craig Roberts, Paul Reiser and Jennifer Grey. The mysterious and complex vigilante drama Hand of God from Ben Watkins, directed by World War Z filmmaker Marc Forster, starring Ron Perlman and Dana Delany. The psychological thriller Hysteria, about an epidemic spread through social media, from »
Whit Stillman's shot an Amazon Studios pilot for The Cosmopolitans in Paris with Chloë Sevigny and Adam Brody. You can watch a behind-the-scenes featurette at Vanity Fair (2'18"). As Katie Rife reports at the Av Club, The Cosmopolitans is one of five potential series Amazon will be introducing on August 28 and, "as in the past, the fate of each series will be heavily influenced by viewers." The other four: Marc Forster's Hand of God with Ron Perlman, Shaun Cassidy and Otto Bathurst's Hysteria with Mena Suvari, David Gordon Green's Red Oaks with Craig Roberts (and produced by Steven Soderbergh) and Jay Chandrasekhar's Really with Sarah Chalke and Selma Blair. Plus news on more projects in the works from Alejandro González Iñárritu, Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill—and more. » - David Hudson »
Big news today: We’re excited to announce Amazon Studios’ third pilot season, beginning August 28th and featuring three half hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really and Red Oaks, and two hour-long dramatic thrillers Hand of God and Hysteria. For one month, it will be up to you to watch, rate and comment – ultimately helping us decide which of them get the greenlight.
“There is something for everyone in this season,” says Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. The glamorous life of modern day expats in Paris. The hijinks of a summer job at a country club in 1980s New Jersey. The visions of a vigilante judge who appears to be channeling God. The complexities of marriage and friendship among a circle of friends in suburban Chicago. And the mysteries behind a psycho-physiological illness spreading through a small town in Texas.
You can help choose which of these stories should get “picked up” to become shows. »
Amazon is gearing up for its third pilot season, in which it will present five new shows for users to watch, rate, and review. Starting on August 28, three half-hour comedies and two hour-long dramas will be made available on Amazon Instant Video in both the U.S. and the UK. Users will be able to watch the pilots, rate them, and even comment on them. By the end of the pilot season, that feedback helps choose which shows become an Amazon Original series.
Here’s a quick rundown of this year’s pilots:
Hand of God: An hour-long drama, »
- Samantha Highfill
Amazon has set an Aug. 28 premiere for its third pilot season, at which time viewers can screen and vote on a total of five new projects, featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), 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, X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. (Premiere timetables for those shows can be found here.)
Related Amazon Sets Premieres for Chris Carter Drama, »
Amazon announced today that its third season of pilots will premiere August 28, before its second season of shows has debuted. Last year, the streaming service posted three comedies and two dramas and picked up everything except one of the comedies. This year brings us another five shows, three dramas and two comedies: The Cosmopolitans, from Whit Stilman, stars Chloë Sevigny and Adam Brody as part of a group of American expats living in Paris; Hand of God, directed by Mark Forster, stars Ron Perlman as a philandering judge who becomes a vigilante; and Hysteria, written by Shaun Cassidy, stars Mena Suvari as a neurologist who returns to her hometown to investigate a "psycho-physiological illness" that's plaguing the local dance team. On the comedy side, Really, created by, directed by, and starring Jay Chandrasekhar, is about four married couples in the Chicago suburbs; and Red Oaks, directed by David Gordon »
- Margaret Lyons
The world of online television (is it really television? Nothing's being broadcast, technically...) is getting more and more interesting with each passing moment: Netflix is obviously killing it, with their stellar line-up of critical and commercial darlings ("House of Cards," "Orange is the New Black") and Yahoo is about to seriously get into the game by taking a page from the Netflix handbook and resurrecting a wonderfully cultish TV series ("Community," in the spirit of "Arrested Development"). Also: Hulu keeps plugging along. And while Amazon certainly has made strides, with several original shows developed in the last few years, it has yet to really breakthrough. That could change later this month, with its new "third wave" of pilots that boast an impressive line-up of exciting, starry projects.
As Variety notes, the site will debut five pilots as part of its third "pilot season" - they will all debut on August »
- Drew Taylor
Texas was once regarded in the entertainment industry as the Child Star State because of the prevalence of young performers who began their careers starring in the Hasbro and Mattel commercials that shot in Dallas. But the local industry started to change after 2007 with the initiation of the state’s Moving Image Industry Incentive Program. Now, Texas has graduated from child actor launching pad to a television production stand-in for California. The ABC drama “American Crime,” which is set in California’s Central Valley, is slated to shoot its first season in Texas. And while commercial work remains in Dallas, Austin has become a major film and television production center. “The opportunity for work is certainly here,” says Gary Bond, director of film marketing at the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Austin, in addition to attracting some 110 new residents a day, has recently played host to productions ranging from Lifetime’s »
Julie Bowen gives voice to Dipper, the friendly, spirited air tanker in Disney’s new animated adventure-comedy, Planes: Fire & Rescue, directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard. Dipper is a full-figured gal skilled at skimming lakes, scooping up thousands of gallons of water and dousing angry fires. She’s also an avid air-racing fan with a major crush on the world-famous Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook). When she learns he’s joining the fire and rescue squad at Piston Peak, she’s head-over-wheels with excitement. Opening July 18th, the film also features the voices of Curtis Armstrong, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi. At a recent roundtable interview, Bowen spoke about her character, when she first became involved, how she’s gotten huge cool points from her kids for being in the movie, why she didn’t practice the voice around the house, »
- Sheila Roberts
Paul Reiser ("Aliens"), Richard Kind ("Luck"), Jennifer Grey ("Dirty Dancing") and Oliver Cooper ("Californication") also star. The project will be one of several pilots that make up Amazon's third pilot season.
Customers will watch and give feedback on it - after that it will be determined whether to pick it up to series. Other pilots it will compete with include the Whit Stillman-produced "The Cosmopolitans," Marc Forster-produced "Hand of God," the Shaun Cassidy-produced "Hysteria," and the Sarah Chalke comedy"Really."
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
An American Beauty is coming to the small screen.
Weeks after revealing its plans to debut the Sarah Chalke comedy Really during its upcoming third pilot season, Amazon has announced another pilot: Hysteria, an hourlong dramatic thriller from singer-turned-tv-multihyphenate Shaun Cassidy starring Mena Suvari.
According to Amazon’s official description, “Hysteria takes viewers to Austin where members of a girls’ competitive dance team are stricken with a strange, psycho-physiological illness that manifests in violent fits and spasms. Neurologist Logan Harlen (Suvari) is called back to her hometown to investigate the cause. Fighting her own demons (and the growing manipulation of »
- Hillary Busis
Amazon today announced it has added the hour-long dramatic thriller Hysteria, from Amazon Studios, Universal Television and Alcon Television Group, to its third pilot season, which will debut later this year on Amazon Instant Video. Starring Mena Suvari (American Beauty) as “Dr. Logan Harlen,” James McDaniel (Orange Is The New Black) as “Carl Sapsi,” Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises) as “Ray Ratajeck,” Adan Canto (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as “Matt Sanchez,” Laura San Giacomo (Saving Grace) as “Grace Pelayo” and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) as “Carter Harlen,” Hysteria follows a doctor (Suvari) who returns to her hometown of Austin, Texas to investigate a growing epidemic that appears to be spreading through social media. The show is written by Shaun Cassidy who also serves as Executive Producer alongside Adam Schroeder, Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bryan Zuriff, and Director Otto Bathurst. Customers will once again be invited »
Some casting news you can use... First, Djimon Hounsou has joined the cast of Warner Bros' David Yates-directed Tarzan movie, which stars Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie. Hounsou will play a Chief Mbonga in the film - the wise old patriarch, as he's described by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, who used the superstitious fears of his people to his own ends, with the help of a witch-doctor. Second, Joseph David Jones has been cast in a recurring role in in Amazon’s drama pilot "Hysteria," from Shaun Cassidy, Alcon and Universal TV. He joins James McDaniel and star Mena Suvari in potential series that follows an exceptionally bright »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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