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Amazon has announced that it has given the green light to a new original dramatic series, Sneaky Pete, which comes from the creative team of David Shore (House), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Erin Gunn (Battle Creek) and James Degus (All the Way).
See Also: Watch the trailer for Sneaky Pete
The series will see Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar) leading a cast that includes Marin Ireland (Side Effects), Margo Martindale (The Millers), Peter Gerety (Prime Suspect), Libe Barer (Parenthood) and Shane McRae (Still Alice).
“We are excited to bring to Amazon’s customers a new compelling series headlined by Giovanni Ribisi from the minds of David Shore and Bryan Cranston,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios. “Sneaky Pete is an incredible addition to Amazon’s expanding drama slate and we are eager for its premiere in 2016.”
Sneaky Pete revolves around a con-man (Ribisi) who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his »
- Gary Collinson
The pilot was originally ordered by CBS but the network ended up passing on the project. The series will debut some time next year.
Here's the press release and the trailer for the pilot:
Amazon Greenlights "Sneaky Pete", Original Dramatic Series Launching in 2016
Seattle -- Nov. 4, 2015 -- (Nasdaq:amzn) -- Amazon today announced it has greenlit new dramatic Amazon Original Series Sneaky Pete that will debut exclusively on Prime Video in the Us, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan next year. The new series »
Amazon Studios is turning another heralded pilot into a full series. The original video wing of the online retailer has picked up Sneaky Pete, from executive producers Bryan Cranston, David Shore, Erin Gunn, and James Degus
Sneaky Pete stars Giovanni Ribisi as a con man who gets released from prison and looks to make a new life for himself by adopting the identity of his former cellmate Pete. In doing so, he integrates himself into Pete’s family and gets a job at a bail bonds business, for which he must track down dangerous criminals.
Sneaky Pete was initially produced for CBS, but it was first linked to Amazon in June 2015. Two months later, Amazon premiered the show’s pilot and asked for feedback; viewers returned overwhelmingly positive reviews. While Sneaky Pete has now been greenlit, there’s still no word on the future status of Casanova, the other pilot Amazon shared in August. »
- Sam Gutelle
Amazon has announced it has greenlit the new dramatic Amazon original series "Sneaky Pete" which will debut exclusively on Prime Video in the Us, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan next year.
The story revolves around a con-man (Giovanni Ribisi) who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete's unsuspecting family and is roped into the family's bail bond business.
In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself - and discovering a family life he's never had. Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Libe Barer, Peter Gerety and Shane McRae also star.
Executive producers include David Shore ("House"), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Erin Gunn ("Battle Creek") and James Degus ("All the Way"). The pilot episode was directed by Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses") who also executive produces.
"Sneaky Pete »
- Garth Franklin
Sneaky Pete gets another life. The show produced by Bryan Cranston (who makes a cameo in the pilot, available now on Amazon) and David Shore was originally developed and piloted for CBS for the fall, but when the network passed on it, Amazon picked up the show. Sneaky Pete stars Giovanni Ribisi as Marius, a con man who escapes his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate — a guy named Pete — and involving himself with Pete's long-estranged family and their bail-bond business. Sneaky Pete also stars Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer, and Shane McRae as the family. Skinny Pete is still showless. »
- E. Alex Jung
It’s official. We reported in September that Amazon had picked up to series Bryan Cranston and David Shore’s hourlong Sneaky Pete pilot, and now it has been confirmed. Amazon today announced it has greenlighted the drama series starring Giovanni Ribisi for debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., UK, Germany, Austria and Japan in 2016. The pilot episode, currently available on Amazon Video and featuring a special appearance by Cranston, was directed by Seth… »
The con is on at Amazon.
The streaming service has given a series order to Sneaky Pete, a drama from EPs Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House) that stars Giovanni Ribisi as a man who hides from his debtors once he leaves prison — by assuming the identity of a cellmate. Our sister site Deadline broke the news.
Sneaky Pete was originally developed by CBS, but when the Eye network passed on it, Amazon stepped in and aired the pilot last month, »
Bryan Cranston‘s Amazon show “Sneaky Pete” has landed a series order from the online retailer and production studio, according to media reports. The show stars Giovanni Ribisi, Margo Martindale and Ethan Embry, among others. Cranston guest stars and executive produces the crime comedy’s pilot, which is also exec produced by David Shore, Seth Gordon, James Degus and Erin Gunn. “Sneaky Pete” revolves around a con-man (Ribisi) who assumes the identity of his prison cellmate, and cons his way into a family bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, »
- Tony Maglio
It may have taken four months longer, but Bryan Cranston and David Shore’s hourlong pilot Sneaky Pete got where it was looking to get last spring — with a series order. I hear Amazon is picking up to series the Giovanni Ribisi-starring pilot, from Sony Pictures TV. It was one of two pilots Amazon put on its Instant Video platform for viewing on August 7, along with Casanova, starring Diego Luna as the famous playboy. I hear Casanova remains in contention with an order… »
Starz has renewed its critically acclaimed but little seen comedy "Survivor's Remorse" for a third season. The second season recently kicked off with new ratings highs, and the most recent episode grew again to 1.34 million Live + Same Day viewers. Jessie T. Usher stars in the comedy as a basketball star negotiating his family's needs with his meteoric rise. [Source: The Live Feed]
Cranston and David Shore are producing the series about a conman who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cell-mate Pete. [Source: The Live Feed]
Viacom-owned children's programmer Nickelodeon is reportedly considering ways to reboot a small handful of its oldest programs. Russell Hicks, president of content and development at Nickelodeon, says: "We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, »
- Garth Franklin
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” almost didn’t make it to air, but now, the comedy is looking ahead to seven potential Emmy wins this September.
“Kimmy’s” turnaround exemplifies the age of television we’re living in today. It’s not just a golden age, it’s an age of rebirth.
The Tina Fey and Robert Carlock-created “Kimmy” isn’t the only series Netflix has “adopted” from another network recently. The streaming service greenlit a fourth season of Western drama “Longmire,” after it was cancelled by A&E for failing to strike gold in young demos. Netflix already streams the earlier seasons of “Longmire,” and new episodes bow Sept. 10.
As “Longmire” co-creator John Coveny observed at this summer’s Television Critics Assn. press tour, “Netflix said, ‘We want human beings to watch this show — if it has heart and soul to it, we need that piece in the Netflix family. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
As it has built up its library of original programming, Amazon Studios has used “pilot seasons,” in which multiple potential shows premiere at the same time, to its advantage. After debuting its fifth pilot season earlier this year, Amazon is following up with a mini-season that includes two pilots. It has shared the first episodes of Casanova and Sneaky Pete and has welcomed viewer feedback on both of them.
Both of Amazon’s new dramas come with big names attached. Casanova, which was first attached to Amazon in January, will follow the life of the titular 18th century Venetian libertine, with particular attention paid to his time in “exile” in Paris. It comes from veteran TV producer Ben Silverman, features Amelie’s Jean-Pierre Jeunet in the director’s chair, and stars Diego Luna of Y Tu Mama Tambien fame.
Sneaky Pete, on the other hand, follows a con man who »
- Sam Gutelle
Amazon Studios wants you to decide the fate of its new shows, per its usual crowdsourcing development process. Will these get a full series order? That's up to audiences. This weekend, you can stream Jean-Pierre Jeunet's pilot "Casanova," starring Diego Luna as the 18th-century playboy as he flees to Paris. Exiled from Venice at the dawn of the Enlightenment, he hopes to put his past behind him. Co-stars are Bojana Novakovic, Miranda Richardson and Ben Daniels. Stuart Zicherman of "The Americans" penned the script. Executive producers Bryan Cranston and David Shore's "Sneaky Pete," a drama pilot rejected by CBS, stars Giovanni Ribisi as a con man fresh out of prison who assumes the identity of his cellmate and moves in with his family. Co-stars are Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer and Shane McRae, and it's directed by Seth Gordon, who helmed "Horrible Bosses." "House" writer David Shore penned the. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Amazon asks customers to “Watch. Rate. Review” its new pilots, giving them a vote, and stake, in the development process. Yet the two candidates being trotted out on Aug. 7, “Casanova” and “Sneaky Pete,” both exhibit the limits of this democratic approach, and the elusive nature of what defines premium programming. While both projects conjure some curiosity about where they’re heading – and are probably more apt to do so among those willing to sample them – neither feels like it fully takes off based strictly on first impressions.
During a session with journalists at the TV Critics Assn. tour earlier this week, Amazon executives sounded a bit smug as they dismissed traditional TV metrics and stressed their desire to engage viewers in a passionate way. The primary question that motivates them, they said, is “How do you make someone’s favorite show?”
If that’s the criterion, then despite some virtues, »
- Brian Lowry
Ahead of its debut on Amazon Prime tomorrow, Sony Entertainment has released the first trailer for the upcoming pilot Sneaky Pete which stars Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale and Bryan Cranston (who also co-creates). You can check it out below…
From Executive Producers David Shore and Bryan Cranston, Sneaky Pete revolves around a con-man (Giovanni Ribisi) who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself—and discovering a family life he’s never had.
Sneaky Pete is set to premiere on Amazon Prime August 7th.
- Gary Collinson
Sneaky Pete has taken many forms on the way to finally being seen — literally and figuratively. Debuting on August 7 on Amazon, the pilot for the con man drama written and executive produced by Bryan Cranston and David Shore was originally ordered at CBS. After the network passed in May, Sony TV took Sneaky Pete out to others. The blooming streaming service picked it up in June for series consideration with some further tweaks and reshoots. Now, the Giovanni… »
Who doesn't love Bryan Cranston? The man who was Walter White has developed quite the resume over the years but has yet to return to television since the conclusion of Breaking Bad. Still, after inspiration struck upon his mention of the "sneaky petes" of the world during his Emmy award win a few years ago, House creator David Shore teamed with the actor to create the series Sneaky... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Amazon has unveiled a sneak peek — or should we say Sneaky peek? — of its newest potential series.
The trailer for Sneaky Pete, a drama pilot that was initially passed on by CBS, was made available Tuesday, ahead of the episode’s Amazon launch.
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Executive-produced by David Shore (House), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Seth Gordon (The Goldbergs), the drama stars Giovanni Ribisi as a con man who, upon getting out of jail, assumes the identity of his former cellmate.
Beginning Friday, Aug. 7, the Sneaky Pete pilot will be available on Amazon for free for 30 days, »
Cranston makes a cameo in the show’s pilot, which he exec produced.
“I’m a very reasonable man. I’m trying to help you,” Cranston’s character tells Ribisi. “You got seven days to give me my money.”
Ribisi plays a criminal who steals his cellmate’s identity, and begins living with and working for the man’s family of bail bondsmen after being released from prison.
Gordon (“Horrible Bosses”) directed and Shore wrote the pilot, which premieres for free Friday with other Amazon series. The show was originally developed for CBS. Amazon viewers will vote on whether the comedy gets a full series order.
- Maane Khatchatourian
"Sneaky Pete" is a drama co-created by "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston and "House" creator David Shore. It stars Ribisi as a con man who steals his cellmate Pete's identity when he gets out of prison. He shows up at Pete's grandparents' home and starts working for their bail bond business.
Watch the trailer.
Cranston himself shows up as a menacing, but "reasonable" man who demands "Pete" pay him money within seven days. Margo Martindale also stars as Pete's grandma.
The pilot will stream on Amazon Prime Instant, where viewers can vote on whether it should be made into a full series. With such a great cast and an interesting set-up, it's hard to see "Sneaky Pete" not getting the greenlight.
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- Kelly Woo
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