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There's no doubt that Amazon Studios is having a huge week. Strike that, it's having a huge 2015. A few days ago the streaming television and retail giant won its first Golden Globe award for its edgy comedy, Transparent. A day later, Amazon announced a new venture with Woody Allen. And today, the onslaught continues: Amazon released 13 pilot shows that it's considering launching this season in the US, UK, and Germany.
Just like the last 2 years, Amazon is going directly to its Amazon Prime customers to judge the pilots. It's like Survivor but instead of athletes and demi-celebrities it's a bunch of producers scratching and clawing in their loincloths in hopes that you don't vote them off the Amazonian island.
Amazon's 2015 finalists include 3 comedies, 3 dramas (including a docu-series), and 6 children's shows.
- Cocked, a comedy about a man who leaves his corporate job to help run the family gun business
- Down Dog, a satirical look at LA's yoga culture
- Mad Dogs, a dark comedy about underachieving 40-somethings
- Salem Rogers, An abrasive former supermodel tries to recreate her success after 10 years in rehab
- The Man in the High Castle, an alternate history drama about what would have happened had the Allied Powers lost World War II
- Point of Honor, about a Virginia family defending the South during the Civil War after freeing all their slaves
- The New Yorker Presents, a docu-series about The New Yorker magazine
Children's Shows - Preschool
- Buddy: Tech Detective
- Sara Solves It
- The Stinky & Dirty Show
Children's Shows - Ages 6-11
- Niko and the Sword of Light
- Table 58
- Just Add Magic
As if that weren't enough news, Amazon also announced the debut date for its first hour-long drama, Bosch. The crime drama, based on Michael Connelly's best-selling novels about Harry Bosch, an LAPD homicide detective played by Titus Williver, will launch February 7th. Amazon said the show will take viewers "through back streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles rarely seen on-screen."
All the pilots will be available through the instant video app on Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire Tablets, Fire Phone, Apple TV, Roku, game consoles, and other smart devices.
Go take a gander at the pilots and give Amazon your advice, you studio executive, you!