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9 items from 2015

Mad Dogs, Ep. 1.01: “Pilot” shows promise, but needs some work

21 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Steve Zahn, Michael Imperioli, Romany Malco, Ben Chaplin, Billy Zane

Mad Dogs, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

Written by Cris Cole and Shawn Ryan

Directed by Charles McDougall

Released January 15, 2015 by Amazon

Streaming television shows have made a major mark on the television landscape over the past few years, whether it’s by winning awards, or simply being part of the cultural conversation. Amazon has been no slouch in this department, with their show Transparent garnering its own level of acclaim, both critically and commercially. Among the newest crop of pilots from the streaming service is Mad Dogs. Based on the UK show of the same name, the series is created by Cris Cole and executive produced by Shawn Ryan. The pilot, while indicating some major holes, also shows some promise for a potential show.

One of the strongest aspects of this pilot is how well the relationship among the five »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Pilot Spotlight: 'Mad Dogs' -- Watch, Rate & Review it Today

22 January 2015 9:42 AM, PST | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

It’s a twisted tale of friendship put to the ultimate test. Mad Dogs follows the reunion of a group of underachieving forty-something friends—a mix of single, married and recently divorced—who are all at different crossroads in their lives.

While celebrating the early retirement of an old friend at his villa in Belize, grudges begin to emerge and secrets explode as their trip becomes a labyrinthine nightmare of lies, deception and murder.

As an inconceivable chain of events unfolds, cracks within the group widen before the friends realize that the only people they can trust are each other, the last people they want to be relying on.

The hour-long dark comedy stars Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club) as Cobi, Billy Zane (Twin Peaks) as Milo, Romany Malco (Weeds) as Gus, Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) as Lex and Ben Chaplin as Joel. 

Watch, rate and review Mad Dogs here. »

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Help Greenlight the Next Series – Amazon’s Pilot Season is Now Live

14 January 2015 8:15 PM, PST | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

Get ready to watch, rate and review Amazon’s just-released pilots — a slate of 13 original comedy, drama, docuseries and kids offerings now available on Amazon Instant Video.

The pilots come from a talented creative roster that includes both newcomers discovered through Amazon Studios as well as highly-acclaimed veterans such as Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Randall Wallace (Braveheart), Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Brad Silberling (Jane the Virgin, Lemony Snickets…), Mark Waters (Mean Girls), Academy and Emmy Award winning director Alex Gibney (The Armstrong Lie), Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues), and Carol Greenwald (Arthur).

Over the course of the next four weeks, viewer feedback will ultimately help to decide which of them get picked up to full series. So your opinions matter!  You could help choose the next Golden Globe-winning series, after all. 

Check out the synopsis of each of them below, and start watching them here today. »

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New Modern Family Season 6,Episode 14 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC

7 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Modern Family" episode 14 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "The Big Guns," and it turns out that we're going to see some crazy drama go down with Ronnie and Amber's annoying boat. Then Cam secretly takes Lily to clown school, and more. The episode is titled, "The Big Guns." In the new, 14th episode press release: The Dunphys are going to learn that neighbor wars are not for the faint of heart. Press release number 2: Claire will get furious about neighbors, Ronnie and Amber's eye-sore of a boat, on their front lawn and it will soon become an all-out war when Phil calls in the "big guns" as back up -- his dad Frank and all his retired friends to give them a taste of their own medicine. Elsewhere, Jay is going to try to potty train Joe »

- Andre Braddox

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Ridley Scott, Shawn Ryan Projects Among Amazon's New 2015 Pilots

6 January 2015 1:07 PM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Amazon has revealed its first slate of 13 pilots for 2015, including an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's cult classic novel The Man in the High Castle executive produced by Ridley Scott, a Civil War-era drama co-written by Lost's Carlton Cuse and a dark comedy about floundering 40-somethings executive produced by The Shield creator Shawn Ryan.

This batch of new pilots — six comedies and dramas, six children's shows and one docuseries — will be available for free on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S., U.K. and Germany starting on January 15th. »

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Amazon Studios Sets Pilot Premiere Date

6 January 2015 11:23 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Amazon Studios announced Tuesday it will unveil a new slate of pilots starring performers such as Brian Dennehy, Paget Brewster and Steve Zahn on Jan. 15. The company has been aggressively shuffling its programming lineup early in the new year. The pilot announcement came only a day after the company revealed it kiboshed a series order for Chris Carter's "The After." Despite getting strong viewer feedback and a series greenlight, only the pilot of "The After" was produced. Still, Amazon is keeping faith with its viewer feedback model. “We look forward to seeing our customers’ response to these new projects," Roy Price, Amazon Studios vice president, told Variety. “We are working with great storytellers on some fascinating ideas for the year’s first pilot season."  The seven new primetime pilots, which include a documentary series titled "The New Yorker Presents," and six new kids pilots will debut on Amazon Instant Video, »

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

6 January 2015 8:19 AM, PST | | See recent news »

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 »

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Amazon Studios Announces Its 2015 Pilots

6 January 2015 6:18 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Amazon Studios has announced a January 15th premiere date for its first batch of 2015 pilots. As usual, the company will make series greenlight decisions based on viewer feedback.

Four dramas and two comedies are on offer, most notably the remake of British black comedy series "Mad Dogs" which Shawn Ryan ("The Shield," "Last Resort") is producing. Steve Zahn, Billy Zane, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli and Ben Chaplin star in this version of the show about a group of underachieving forty-something friends who visit a friend's Belize villa - a holiday that turns into a nightmare of lies, deception and murder.

Another high-profile title is a pilot for a series based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history story "The Man in the High Castle". Set twenty years after the Nazis won World War II, the U.S. is now divided between Japan and Germany and tensions between the »

- Garth Franklin

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Amazon's Next Pilot Season Starts January 15th - Help Choose the Next Hit Series!

5 January 2015 2:51 PM, PST | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

Get ready for our first pilot season of 2015, launching January 15th, when seven new primetime and six new kids pilots will debut on Amazon Instant Video. As with previous pilot seasons, viewers in the Us, UK and Germany will be invited to watch, rate and review them all over the course of four weeks, ultimately helping to decide which of them get picked up to full series. 

The new pilots come from both highly-acclaimed and newly-discovered creators, and a legion of talented actors, directors and producers signed on to bring the pilots to life.  Here’s a brief summary of each: 

Primetime Pilots

The Man in the High Castle – Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. »

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