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[TV] Amazon Orders Four Series, Including Chris Carter's The After
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.12.2014

Variety reports that Amazon has selected four shows out of the ten pilots under consideration after their arrival last month.

The first of these is Bosch. It's a police show based on Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, written by Connelly and Eric Overmyer. Titus Welliver (Argo, The Good Wife) plays Bosch, who is searching for the killer of a 13-year-old boy while being on trial himself for the murder of a suspected serial killer in cold blood. The show will also star Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (The Killing) produced and Jim McKay directed the pilot.

Next is The After, a new drama from Chris Carter (The X-Files). It follows eight strangers who are "thrown together by mysterious forces" and must help each other survive "in a violent world that defies explanation". Marc Rosen of Georgeville Television is the executive producer and Gabe Rotter is the producer. The series stars Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jamie Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar and Louise Monot.

There are also two comedy shows. The first is Mozart in the Jungle, a dramedy based on Blair Tindall's memoir. It follows what happens behind-the-scenes of a symphony. It was written by Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited), Jason Schwarztman (Saving Mr. Banks, Moonrise Kingdom) and writer-director Alex Timbers (Broadway's Peter and the Starcatcher). Paul Weitz (About a Boy, Admission) directed the pilot and executive produced. It stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke, Malcom McDowell, Bernadette Peters and Peter Vack.

The second comedy is Transparant, about an "L.A family with serious boundary issues". It was written and directed by Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under, United States of Tara) and stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass.

A fifth series was up for a series order but so far hasn't received one. That is the sports comedy The Rebels, which was written by Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach and executive produced by Matt Alvarez (Ride Along). Five of the ten children's shows (Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, Hardboiled Eggheads, The Jo B. & G. Raff Show, Maker Shack Agency and Wishenpoof!) are also up in the air.

Amazon Studios selected the shows based on viewer feedback and ratings. They did the same thing with piltos last year, which resulted in the comedies Alpha House and Betas. The After and Bosch are the first two dramas.


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