Amazon Studios takes an interactive approach to narrowing down their pilot selection. Previously, they posted a selections of comedies and kid shows online and let viewers weigh in with their opinions. The feedback is taken into account when they make their final decisions. Amazon's doing this again for their next slate of programming, which consists of comedies, dramas and kids programs and the pilots are now available to view.
It's a real benefit that Amazon's already set up, not only as a shopping site but also a streaming video service, which allows them to not only make their pilots available but also allow viewers to submit feedback on each of the episodes. From there, they decide which ones they want to go to series. Here are the primetime pilots in contention right now:
This one is based on Michael Connelly's best-selling series centering on the character Harry Bosch.
Written by Eric Overmyer, Bosch stars Titus Welliver as the title character, with Annie Weresching, Amy Price-Francis and James Hector are also among the cast.
This one comes from The X-Files' Chris Carter and stars Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jamie Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, Jaina Lee Ortiz. Adrian Padar and Louise Monot.
Mozart of the Jungle is described as a dramatic comedy and comes from writer/director Roman Coppola, actor/musician Jason Schwartzman and Tony-nominated writer/director Alex Timbers.
The cast includes Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters and Peter Vack.
Transparent comes from Jill Soloway and has more than a few familiar faces among its cast, including Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass.
Finally, The Rebels comes from Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach and is described as a sports comedy about a woman who inherits her husband's football team. Natalie Zea plays the role of Julie Levine, a widow whose husband suddenly dies and leaves her as the sole owner of his pro-footbal team. Matt Alvarez, Ice Cube and Michael Strahan are among the executive producers for this one.
In addition the above primetime pilots, Amazon also has Kids' pilots Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, The Jo B. and G. Raff show, Hardboiled Eggheads, Maker Shack Agency and Wishenpoof. View all of the pilots here and be sure to rate the ones you like to give them a better shot at going to series.
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