By Sahil Patel
Of the five “primetime” (for adults) pilots Amazon Studios debuted last month as part of its ongoing original programming initiative, the company has greenlit four of them.
According to Variety, the cop-drama “Bosch,” the family dramedy “Transparent,” the sci-fi thriller “The After,” and the ballet-sex-comedy “Mozart in the Jungle,” have all received full-season orders.
This leaves “The Rebels,” a football comedy executive produced by Michael Strahan, Ice Cube, and Matt Alvarez (“Ride Along”), on the sidelines. (Though that doesn’t mean the show won’t be picked up, Variety is just reporting on the ones that have been to date.)
There’s also no word on the five kids pilots Amazon released alongside the adult fare.
To date, including the four shows mentioned above, Amazon Studios has greenlit nine original shows. During the company’s first pilot program, it picked up two comedies (“Alpha House” and “Betas”) and three kids shows (“Annebots,” “Tumbleaf,” and “Creative Galaxy”).
More information on the shows given the go-ahead:
Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch series and written by Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly, drama pilot “Bosch” follows a relentless LAPD homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Bosch is played by Titus Welliver (“Argo,” “The Good Wife”) and stars Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis, and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (“The Killing”) produced and Jim McKay directed the pilot.
Written and directed by Emmy-nominee Chris Carter (“The X-Files”), executive produced by Marc Rosen of Georgeville Television, and produced by Gabe Rotter, “The After” follows eight strangers who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jamie Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar, and Louise Monot star in the pilot.
“Mozart in the Jungle”
Dramatic comedy, “Mozart in the Jungle” was written by Oscar-nominated writer and director Roman Coppola (“Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Darjeeling Limited”), actor and musician Jason Schwartzman (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”), and Tony-nominated writer and director Alex Timbers (“Peter and the Starcatcher”). The project is based on the memoir “Mozart in the Jungle” by Blair Tindall. “Mozart in the Jungle” is all about sex, drugs — and classical music — and shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens on stage. Paul Weitz (“About a Boy,” “Admission”) directed the pilot and executive produced. Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke, Malcom McDowell, Bernadette Peters, and Peter Vack star.
Written and directed by Emmy-nominee and 2013 Sundance Best Director winner Jill Soloway (“Afternoon Delight,” “Six Feet Under,” and “United States of Tara”), “Transparent” is a darkly comedic story about an LA family with serious boundary issues. In this exploration of sex, memory, gender, and legacy, the past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out. Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass star in the pilot.