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Cordoni (pictured) has come on as executive producer on the story of a former junior hockey star and hitman who returns home to care for his brother in a bid for redemption.
Brett and Jason Butler will co-direct First Round Down from their screenplay and have lined up a 2015 shoot in northern Ontario
“First Round Down is a fun script with a wonderful cast,” said Cordoni. “It follows in the footsteps of some of the great sports comedies, and will no doubt create buzz. The Butlers have done a terrific job of writing snappy dialogue for intriguing characters.” »
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Red Oaks, one of the new Amazon Studios pilots now available to watch, is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, but it’s certainly nothing like his current airing television project, the dark early-20th-century medical drama The Knick. Though Red Oaks could sound like a similarly bloody affair, Soderbergh’s never been one to stick to a genre, and the show is a small scale comedy named for a country club in New Jersey where the hero, David, gets a gig as a tennis pro one summer in the ’80s. There’s potential within Red Oaks if Amazon does decide »
- Esther Zuckerman
• Jag star David James Elliott has been cast opposite Martin Freeman and Brian Cox in the indie thriller American Hangman. Elliot will play Detective James Steptoe in the kidnapping film from writer/director Wilson Coneybeare, who worked with Elliot on the movie A Ted Named Gooby. [THR]
• Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothée Chalamet (Homeland), Grant Bowler (Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) will star as a family with dark secrets in One & Two. Director Andrew Droz Palermo is directing the film about the family of four living in peaceful isolation in a mysterious farmhouse. Palermo, who made his feature debut co-directing the »
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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 »
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, »
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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, »
Network: NBC , CTV
Episodes: 65 (hour)
TV show dates: March 1, 2009 -- August 18, 2014 (CTV dates)
Series status: Cancelled by NBC after one season, Ended by CTV in Canada after five seasons
TV show description:
Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik) is a young paramedic who has a secret. He's also a telepath who's managed to keep his extraordinary ability hidden. He explores its possibilities only with his long-time mentor and confidant, Dr. Ray Mercer (Colm Feore).
Responding to calls with his paramedic partner, energetic Osman "Oz" Bey (Ennis Esmer), Toby uses his ability to help people in crisis. In the process, he also tries to unravel the truth about his own »
Red Oaks seems like it could definitely be my type of jam. A comedy set in 1985 at a country club in New Jersey? This has enough shades of Caddyshack to pique my interest. Of course it doesn't hurt that the show will be produced by Steven Soderbergh or that the pilot will be directed by David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down). Red Oaks is gearing up to shoot as a pilot for Amazon (who are still implementing their voting policy when it comes to determining what gets picked up to series). And now the cast has been announced. Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts (Submarine) as David Myers, a college student who’s an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985. Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Richard Kind (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), Oliver Cooper (Californication), Gage Golightly (MTV’s Teen Wolf) and »
- Evan Dickson
Amazon Studios today announced it has added the Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra) produced and David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down) directed comedy Red Oaks to its third pilot season, which will debut later this year on Amazon Instant Video.Red Oaks is the final show to join Amazon’s highly-anticipated third pilot season which includes The Cosmopolitans, Hand of God, Hysteria, and Really. Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video. Written by Gregory Jacobs (The Knick)and Joe Gangemi (Eliza Graves), Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts (Submarine)as “David,” an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey. Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Richard Kind (Luck), Jennifer Grey (It’s Like, You Know)and Oliver Cooper (Californication)also star in the pilot. »
The Listener co-star Ennis Esmer has been cast in Amazon Studios’ single-camera comedy pilot Red Oaks, exec produced by Steven Soderbergh and exec produced/directed by David Gordon Green. Set in the summer of 1985, Red Oaks centers on 20-year-old David Myers who takes a job as an assistant tennis pro at the predominantly Jewish Red Oaks country club in New Jersey and tries to figure out what kind of life he wants to lead. Esmer will play Nash, the roguish and mischievous head tennis instructor who teaches David the ins and outs of country club life. Canadian Esmer, repped by Berwick & Kovacik and The Characters Talent Agency, recurred on the CTV/CW series The L.A. Complex. Minni Jo Mazzola has been cast in ABC Family drama pilot Stitchers. Written by Jeffrey A. Schechter, Stitchers follows a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
NBC picked up the sci-fi drama and started airing it back in June 2009. It wasn't a success so they cancelled it. However, the series is a success for CTV in Canada and has been running there for four seasons. Last October, it was picked up for a fifth year.
In 2011, Us cable channel Ion purchased the rights to air the first two seasons of The Listener, with an option to purchase later seasons. They've now made a deal to co-produce season five and will air previous episodes as well. The newest installments are expected to be released later this year.
Here are some more details from Ion:
Ion Television Enters Into Original Co-production Deal »
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