Amazon has given official series orders to drama Hand Of God, written by Ben Watkins and directed by Marc Forster, and Steven Soderbergh’s coming-of-age comedy Red Oaks. Additionally, the company is keeping Whit Stillman’s comedy The Cosmopolitans in contention with an order of additional scripts. The three were part of a Amazon’s third pilot season, with five pilots made available on August 28. Feedback from viewers again played a factor in Amazon’s pickup decisions, which the studio started making earlier this week. The remaining two pilots from Season 2, Hysteria and Really, are not going forward. The second pilot season resulted in six series, Transparent, which just premiered, Mozart In The Jungle, Bosch and The After. Here are details about Hand of God and Red Oaks.
Hand Of God
Created and written by Watkins, and marking the television debut of filmmaker Forster (World War Z), Hand of God stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons Of Anarchy as the honorable Justice Pernell Harris. The show centers on Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married judge with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on “visions” and “messages” he believes are being sent by God through Pernell’s ventilator-bound son. Hand Of God also stars Dana Delany as the judge’s protective wife Crystal Harris; Garret Dillahunt as KD, the born-again sociopath whose violent tendencies are exploited by Pernell; Andre Royo as the slick, smart, gregarious and greedy Mayor Robert “Bobo” Boston; Alona Tal as Pernell’s grieving daughter-in-law Jocelyn Harris; Julian Morris as the questionable preacher Paul Curtis; Elizabeth McLaughlin as the preacher’s sultry girlfriend Alicia; and Emayatzy Corinealdi as Pernell’s call girl and confidante Tessie. Forster, Watkins, Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King are executive producers, and Jillian Kugler is co-executive producer.
Directed by Sundance award winner David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and executive produced by Academy Award winner Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra, Traffic), Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts (Submarine) as David Myers, an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985. David is reeling from his father’s heart attack and conflicted about what college major to declare in the fall; his father Sam Myers is played by Richard Kind (Luck). While there, David meets a colorful cast of misfit co-workers and wealthy club members including an alluring art student named Skye, played by Alexandra Socha, and her corporate raider father Getty played by Paul Reiser (Mad About You) and Ennis Esmer as Nash. A coming-of-age comedy set in the “go-go” 80s that is equal parts hijinks and heartfelt, Red Oaks is about enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end—and the future begins. Red Oaks also stars Jennifer Grey (It’s Like, You Know) as Judy Myers, Oliver Cooper (Californication) as Wheeler and Gage Golightly as Karen. Red Oaks is written by Gregory Jacobs (The Knick) and Joe Gangemi (Eliza Graves). Soderbergh, Green, Jacobs, and Gangemi are executive producers.
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