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As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it hopes will be equally well-received. So far, Amazon has scored one big hit in the form of Jeffrey Tambor-led dramedy Transparent, and it hopes to find some more in the new lineup of pilots, which will be made available for viewing as part of the company’s first pilot season of 2015.
Enclosed are descriptions of all seven pilots, courtesy of Deadline. The talented involved on all of them is impressive, to say the least. Mad Dogs comes from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), while The Man In The High Castle hails from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
A&E orders “Donnie Loves Jenny” starring Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy After appearing together on A&E’s “Wahlburgers,” the “Blue Bloods” star and the former “View” co-host will front their own 10-episode reality show that will focus on their life as newlyweds. “Donnie Loves Jenny” will consist of one hour-long episode, plus nine half-hour episodes. “The Newsroom” and “The Comeback” return down About 1.2 million watched the final season premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series, while just 300,000 tuned in for the heavily hyped return of Lisa Kudrow’s reality TV parody. About 1.5 million watched “The Comeback’s” Season 1 premiere and 920,000 stuck around for the season finale. Plus: John Oliver’s season finale watched by 796,000. Bob Dylan wanted to become an HBO sitcom star!? Larry Charles, the former “Seinfeld” writer and director of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Borat,” recalls taking a meeting with the music icon in the early ‘90s. »
- Norman Weiss
A close-up look at a family torn apart by the start of the Civil War. An adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s alternate history of the United States post-World War II. A satire of new age yoga culture in west Los Angeles. And a docu-series based on America’s most award-winning magazine.
Get ready for our first pilot season of 2015, when seven new series will debut their first episodes in January on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S. and U.K.. As with previous pilot seasons, you’ll be invited to watch each of them and provide feedback on the ones you’d like to see become full series.
The seven new pilots come from both highly-acclaimed and newly-discovered creators, and an impressive roster of talented actors have signed on to bring each pilot to life. Here’s a brief summary of each:
Cocked — A big city corporate lapdog »
Amazon has announced its pilot season line-up of original programming for 2015, with seven shows featuring in total, including pilots from the likes of Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield).
The seven new pilots premiering early next year will include hour-long shows Cocked from Sam Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan ), Mad Dogs from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), The Man in the High Castle from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), and Point of Honor from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart). The three half-hour pilots are Down Dog from Robin Schiff (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Salem Rogers from newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, as well as The New Yorker Presents, a docu-series pilot produced in cooperation with America.s most award-winning magazine. Here’s the full details
- Gary Collinson
Amazon is entering pilot season strong with seven pilots for shows with big names attached. The pilots will include hour-long shows Cocked, Mad Dogs, The Man in the High Castle, and Point of Honor, half-hour shows Down Dog and Salem Rogers, and the half-hour docu-series The New Yorker Presents. Cocked is the hour-long dark comedy from Lie to Me's Sam Baum and Manhattan's Sam Shaw. It stars Sam Trammell as Richard Paxson, a man who returns to his rural Virginia family after leaving acrimoniously 20 years ago. Now, Paxson returns with his liberal family to the dysfunctional family he left behind, »
- Teresa Jue
Amazon will have seven new possible series streaming in early 2015 when new pilot episodes premiere for viewer voting. Shows include a docuseries bringing the pages of The New Yorker magazine to life, a Phillip K. Dick adaptation, a satire of new age yoga culture in West Los Angeles and the story of a supermodel trying to claw her way back to the runway after a stint in rehab. Also read: Amazon's 'Transparent' Renewed for Season 2 The biggest names attached to the various projects include former “X-Files” producer Frank Spotnitz and Ridley Scott, who teamed up for “The Man in High Castle, »
- Greg Gilman
Following its acclaimed run in 2013, filmmaker Jane Campion is re-teaming with writer Gerard Lee and production company See-Saw to develop a second series of the critically-acclaimed "Top of the Lake".
Campion and Garth Davis helmed the six-episode mini-series which aired in 2013. The drama starred Elisabeth Moss as a detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant twelve-year-old girl. Moss won a Golden Globe for her performance. [Source: Screen]
Wgn America has renewed its well-reviewed atomic bomb drama "Manhattan" for a second season. The series averaged 420,000 total viewers on Sundays at 10 p.m. through its first 11 episodes. Wgn America has also presold Manhattan for a second window on Hulu Plus. [Source: The Live Feed]
Watchers on the Wall have posted up new photos of filming on the fifth season of "Game of Thrones" in Seville, Spain. Actors Nell Tiger Free, DeObia Oparei, Indira Varma and Toby Sebastian were spotted on »
- Garth Franklin
Entertainment One Television (eOne TV) is teaming up with TF1 in France and Canada's Shaw Media to develop and produce Ransom, a new drama series based on the life of renowned crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert. Frank Spotnitz, the showrunner on TNT's Transporter action series and an Emmy-nominated writer of such series as The X Files, co-created Ransom with David Vainola (Combat Hospital). Both will act as executive producers on the series. “The real-life cases Laurent undertakes make for nail-biting suspense and incredible human drama,” Spotnitz said. “This is going to be a thrilling series.”
- Scott Roxborough
One of the company’s long gestating projects, Philip K Dick adaptation The Man In The High Castle, is now shooting in Seattle.
Headline has partnered with Amazon Studios, which is wholly funding the project, and is being filmed in the first instance as a pilot.
This will be broadcast in December and a decision will be taken as to whether a 10-part series will follow.
“Headline created this show, secured the rights »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Filmmaker Ridley Scott — who in 1982 adapted Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into the big-screen drama Blade Runner — and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) will serve as executive producers on the project, which originally was developed as a Syfy miniseries.
The best-selling The Man in The High Castle presents an alternate history in which Nazi Germany and Japan won »
The screen adaptation of Philip K. Dick's The Man In The High Castle has had several homes in the last couple of years. First it was supposed to be a four-part series for the BBC. Then it decamped to SyFy. Now it's jostling for attention as one of Amazon's slew of pilot episodes to be voted forward (or not) by viewers. Scott Free (Ridley Scott's company) and Frank Spotnitz remain among the producers, and the first cast members have just been announced. Alexa Davalos (The Chronicles Of Riddick, Clash Of The Titans) will play Juliana Frink, with Luke Kleintank (Bones) as Joe Blake.Dick's alternate history novel takes place in 1960s America, in a world where the Axis Powers and Japan won the Second World War. Japan runs the Pacific States of America in the West, while the Third Reich have the East. The Midwest is kind of Vichy France in the equation. »
Lucas Till ("X-Men: First Class") will star opposite Kate Beckinsale in D.J. Caruso's thriller "The Disappointments Room" at Relativity Studios. Wentworth Miller penned the script which Caruso has since done a rewrite on and filming begins in two weeks in North Carolina.
The story tells of a mother (Beckinsale) who moves her family to a beautiful house in the country. The discovery of a secret room in the attic leads to the woman unlocking the home’s bloody secret past and how it ties frighteningly to her own. Till will play a mysterious carpenter who works on the family's home. [Source: Heat Vision]
The story follows a haunted young woman who makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls prep school, »
- Garth Franklin
Not a summer goes by without new reports that The X-Files will return.
Show creator Chris Carter this week admitted that "there certainly have been conversations" about a comeback of some sort, but is that really a good idea?
The supernatural drama originally ran on Fox from 1993 to 2002, spanning 202 episodes over nine seasons. The first three were fantastic, the following six more than a bit hit-and-miss.
Rumours of a third movie have been bubbling ever since the second flopped onto our screens six years ago.
Carter has said that the planned movie »
Chris Carter has had conversations with the heads of 20th Century Fox about a possible reboot of The X-Files, he confirmed to Vulture this week. What the tenor of those conversations was, Carter didn't elaborate, but that doesn't stop us from pondering the matter.
After batting away talk of the lawsuits both he and David Duchovny brought against Fox, The X-Files creator spoke of how he and Fox TV CEO Dana Walden go way back, confirming "she and I have talked a lot about this".
"Is that a way of saying a reboot is happening?" asked Vulture, "That's just a way of saying there certainly have been conversations", Carter replied. "So why hasn't it happened?" Vulture pressed him. "I would assume nothing" were Carter's final words on the matter.
Mulder and Scully fans are »
The road so far …
It wasn’t exactly easy for genre television in 2005. Well, it’s really never been easy for genre television ever in the history of television, but in 2005, a deluge of genre shows premiered and almost all of them had fallen prey to the swift axe of the television gods by the next year. Start by thinking about television now. It’s a fruitful time for horror and science fiction and fantasy. There are a multitude of genre shows, running the gamut from The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, to True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. They’re all massive hits.
Now, think of all of the shows that premiered around that time in 2005. There was Surface, and that was cancelled after ten episodes by NBC. Invasion, a well-regarded show written by Shaun Cassidy (who created one of my favorite shows, American Gothic) and that was cancelled »
- Nathan Smith
Here are the first looks at TNT‘s new dramas as part of the network’s 2014-2015 series orders. They include two original series — the Jennifer Beals-starrer Proof, exec produced by Kyra Sedgwick, and Edward Burns’ 1967-set NY cop drama Public Morals — as well as the Librarian series spinoff and the overseas pickup Transporter: The Series starring Chris Vance. Check them out: Related: TNT Unveils New ‘Boom’ Tagline, Turner Development Slates Transporter: The Series – Fall Drama Produced by Atlantique Productions. From executive producers Frank Spotnitz, Chris Vance, Fred Fuchs, Olivier Bibas and Qvf Inc, and producer Susan Murdoch. The Librarians – Winter Drama Produced by Electric Entertainment. From writer/executive producer John Rogers and executive producers Noah Wyle, Dean Devlin and Marc Roskin. Proof – 2015 Drama Produced by Turner Originals. From writer/executive producer Rob Bragin, director Alex Graves and executive producers Kyra Sedhwick, Jill Littman and Tom Jacobson. Public Morals »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
X-Files fans, rejoice! Frank Spotnitz has a new project.
EW has confirmed that Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer have teamed up to create Freud: The Secret Casebook, a period drama about Sigmund Freud. The show will follow Freud in the early 20th century as he becomes the first-ever criminal profiler, using psychology to solve crimes. According to Deadline, which first reported the news, the show will balance murder mysteries with Freud’s personal life.
Carnival Films and Big Light are set to produce. »
- Samantha Highfill
There's a Sigmund Freud drama in the works, but apparently the birth psychoanalysis is not enough to hang a show on: Freud: The Secret Casebook will turn Freud into a criminal profiler, because everything has to be a cop penis. Show! Cop show! The Secret Casebook, which is still in its early stages of development, is "set in the glittering, but volatile world of early 20th century Vienna [where] Freud will use his startling new theories about psychology to help solve crimes," and should the series air, it will "blend episodic murder mysteries with the on-going story of Freud’s tangled and provocative personal life," according to the production company. The series comes from The X-Files' Frank Spotnitz and Star Trek's Nicholas Meyer, so it could be a cool twist on "profiler" show. But sometimes a procedural is just a cop procedural. »
- Margaret Lyons
Set in early 20th Century Vienna, Freud: The Secret Casebook will see psychoanalyst Freud turn his skills to criminal profiling and crime-solving.
According to Downton Abbey-producer Carnival, the series will “blend episodic murder mysteries with the on-going story of Freud’s tangled and provocative personal life”.
The project is currently casting and directors.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Freud: The Secret Casebook will be set in 20th century Vienna, and will focus on the famous psychoanalyst as he turns to crime solving and criminal profiling.
The series will "blend episodic murder mysteries with the ongoing story of Freud's tangled and provocative personal life," according to Carnival.
Casting and broadcast announcements will be confirmed in the coming months. »
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