Amazon Greenlights 5 New Series; MOZART IN THE JUNGLE Renewed

     February 18, 2015


Amazon has tallied your votes, you people of the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany, and this is what you hath wrought. According to Variety, the following series have all been picked up by Amazon Studios, following the success of their pilots:

man-in-the-high-castle-amazonThe Man in the High Castle

Starring: Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans

Official Amazon Synopsis: Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell (John Adams), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars) and Alexa Davalos (Mob City).

Mad Dogs

Starring: Ben Chaplin, Michael Imperioli

Official Amazon Synopsis: When a group of underachieving 40-something friends gather in Belize to celebrate the early retirement of an old friend, a series of wild events unfold, exposing dark secrets, deception and even murder. Starring Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Billy Zane (Twin Peaks), Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club) and Romany Malco (Weeds). Executive produced by Cris Cole and Shawn Ryan (The Shield).

the-new-yorker-presents-amazonThe New Yorker Presents

Starring: Alan Cumming, Brett Gelman

Official Amazon Synopsis: America’s most award-winning magazine comes to life in this new half-hour docu-series. Produced by Oscar & Emmy winner Alex Gibney, the pilot features a doc from Oscar winner Jonathan Demme based on Rachel Aviv’s article “A Very Valuable Reputation,” writer Ariel Levy interviewing artist Marina Abramovic, a sketch from Simon Rich and Alan Cumming, poetry read by Andrew Garfield, and cartoons by Emily Flake.

Just Add Magic

Official Amazon Synopsis: (For children ages 6-11) – Kelly Quinn and her two BFF’s, Darbie and Hannah, stumble upon her grandmother’s mysterious cookbook in the attic and discover some far from ordinary recipes. When the Shut’em Up Shortcake silences Kelly’s pesky little brother and the Healing Hazelnut Tart heals Darbie’s ankle, the girls discover they have the power of magic. A single-camera live-action pilot based on the popular book.

the-stinky-dirty-show-amazonThe Stinky & Dirty Show

Official Amazon Synopsis: (For preschool-aged children) – The adventures of best friends and unlikely heroes, Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader, a dynamic and hilarious duo of resourcefulness that learn when things don’t go as expected, asking “what if” can lead to success. Based on the books by Jim and Kate McMullan. Written and developed by Guy Toubes.

Regarding these last two, Amazon is smart to develop programming for younger audiences. There is never enough quality kids programming to satisfy the demand. (Netflix has done something similar with acquiring so much children’s programming for streaming as well — a cheap and wonderful option, especially for parents who prefer to unplug from cable).

mozart-in-the-jungle-poster-amazonBack to the adults though, Mozart in the Jungle has also been renewed for a second season. That series, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, focuses on clashing personalities on the New York classical music scene. Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Paul Weitz serve as executive producers.

Those not making the pilot cut this season include Carlton Cuse‘s Civil-War series Point of Honor, the dark comedy Cocked, Down Dog (about a Southern California yoga instructor), and a comedy about a former supermodel leaving rehab, Salem Rogers.

Amazon Studios will also be debuting three new series in 2015, including Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green‘s Red Oaks.

The newly greenlit series will air on Amazon Prime later this year and in 2016.