Amazon announces lineup for first pilot season of 2015
Amazon is entering pilot season strong with seven pilots for shows with big names attached.
The pilots will include hour-long shows Cocked, Mad Dogs, The Man in the High Castle, and Point of Honor, half-hour shows Down Dog and Salem Rogers, and the half-hour docu-series The New Yorker Presents.
Cocked is the hour-long dark comedy from Lie to Me’s Sam Baum and Manhattan’s Sam Shaw. It stars Sam Trammell as Richard Paxson, a man who returns to his rural Virginia family after leaving acrimoniously 20 years ago. Now, Paxson returns with his liberal family to the dysfunctional family he left behind, which includes his playboy older brother Grady, played by Jason Lee. Brian Dennehy, Laura Fraser, and Dreama Walker also star as members of the Paxson family.
Half-hour comedy Down Dog will take on the yoga-obsessed world of Los Angeles, centering on one Logan Wood (Josh Casaubon), who has been cruising through life as a yoga teacher to the hot moms and wannabe celebs of L.A. However, when Logan and girlfriend and yoga studio owner Amanda (Paget Brewster) break up, things get real, real fast. Written by Are You There, Chelsea? writer Robin Schiff, the show also stars Lyndsy Fonseca, Will Greenberg, Andrea Savage, Amir Talai, Kris Kristofferson, and Alysia Reiner.
Created by Cris Cole and executive produced by Shawn Ryan, Marney Hochman, Andy Harries, Suzanne Mackie, and Charles McDougall, Mad Dogs is an hour-long dark comedy based on the UK series of the same name that follows the reunion of a bunch of 40-something friends that start off quaint but soon devolve into a “nightmare of lies, deception, and murder.” The Sony TV pilot stars Steve Zahn, Billy Zane, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, and Ben Chaplin.
Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo-award-winning tale of the same name, the Ridley Scott-produced spy drama The Man in the High Castle takes on the alternative timeline of what would have happened if the Allied Powers lost World War II. The hour-long pilot will take place 20 years after the war and will have the world split between the two Axis Powers, Japan and Germany, and will star Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joel De La Fuente, Rufus Sewell, and DJ Qualls. David Semel will direct the pilot with a script written by Frank Spotnitz. Scott will executive produce alongside David W. Zucker, Jordan Sheehan, Stewart Mackinnon, Christian Baute, Isa Dick Hackett, Kalen Egan, and Christopher Tricarico.
The New Yorker Presents brings the magazine to the screen in this half-hour docu-series pilot. Produced by Conde Nast Entertainment and Jigsaw Productions, the series will feature Alan Cumming, Jonathan Demme, Marina Abramovic, and more, taking articles from the magazine and featuring them in a visual medium online. Oscar-winner Alex Gibney will executive produce alongside Dave Snyder and Dawn Ostroff.
Point of Honor is an hour-long, Civil War drama written by Carlton Cuse that centers on John Rhodes (Nathan Parsons), who chooses to defend the South while freeing all of their slaves. Rhodes leaves behind three sisters to tend to their plantation, as well as an abundance of family turmoil. Annabelle Stephenson, Riley Voelkel, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Patrick Heusinger, Luke Benward, Adrienne Warren, Lucien Laviscount, and James Harvey Ward also star. Braveheart’s Randall Wallace will direct the pilot, which he will also executive produce alongside Cuse and Barry Jossen.
Leslie Bibb stars in the half-hour comedy Salem Rogers, as the titular hard-partying former supermodel, who must face her past after a 10-year stint in rehab. Rogers will reconnect with her former assistant Agatha (Rachel Dratch) to help her regain the limelight. The pilot will also star Jane Kaczmarek, Brad Morris, Harry Hamlin, Toks Olagundoye, and Scott Adsit. The pilot comes from newcomer Lindsey Stoddart and will be directed by Mean Girls’ Mark Waters. Will Graham will executive produce.