Amazon has set the lineup for its upcoming fall pilot season with new half-hour comedies Sea Oak, starring Glenn Close; Love You More, from Patti Cake$’ Bridget Everett and Sex and the City‘s Michael King; and Diarra Kilpatrick’s The Climb. All will premiere November 10 on Amazon Prime Video.
“We’re excited about, and committed to, telling diverse and risky stories from the best storytellers in the world,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR, Amazon Studios. “We can’t wait for customers to see these incredible new universes from Diarra, Bridget, Michael and George.”
The fall pilot season gets underway amid some turmoil at the company, with the recent exit of longtime president Roy Price, who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.
Sea Oak, from short-story writer and creator George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo), stars Close as Aunt Bernie, a working-class woman in a Rust Belt city who dies tragically in a home invasion and comes back from the dead full of rage, determined to get the life she never had. Hiro Murai (Atlanta) directs and Jonathan Krauss executive produces and through his Affiliated Pictures banner.
The Climb hails from creator and star Kilpatrick (American Koko, The Last O.G.) and the Mark Gordon Co. The Detroit-set comedy follows an office assistant who seeks an extraordinary life through Internet fame. from MPK Productions in association with Warner Bros Television and Amazon Studios.
Love You More stars Everett (Patti Cake$) as Karen Best, who works as a counselor at an independent living residence for young adults with Down syndrome. Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America) directs.
Here’s the full rundown of the three pilots from Amazon:
From creator and star Diarra Kilpatrick (American Koko, The Last O.G.) and The Mark Gordon Company comes a comedy about the new American Dream set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing Detroit. The Climb follows an office assistant who seeks an extraordinary life through internet fame, with her best friend always in tow. Chris Robinson (The New Edition Story, Star) directed the pilot, which shot on location in Detroit. Christina Lee (Search Party, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) served as showrunner on the pilot episode. The Mark Gordon Company (Designated Survivor, Ray Donovan) is producing and serving as the studio on the project along with Amazon Studios.
Love You More
Love You More stars New York City cabaret sensation Bridget Everett (Patti Cake$) as Karen Best, with Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America) directing and Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City, The Comeback, 2 Broke Girls) showrunning. Karen Best is a big girl with a big personality and a big love of Chardonnay, which occasionally, causes her to make some big mistakes with men. But the biggest thing about Karen is her big heart, which she uses to excel at her job as a counselor at an independent living residence for young adults with Down syndrome. And sometimes, Karen’s need to stand up for all the little people in life manifests into a fantasy rock music number, where we discover she also has a big and beautiful voice. Love You More is from MPK Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and Amazon Studios. King, Goldthwait, Strauss and Everett co-wrote the pilot. King and Goldthwait serve as executive producers, and Everett is co-executive producer.
Sea Oak is a genre-bending comedy from renowned author and creator George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo), starring Emmy-winner Glenn Close (Damages, The Wife), directed by Golden Globe-winner Hiro Murai (Atlanta) and executive produced by Jonathan Krauss through his Affiliated Pictures banner. Murai will also serve as an executive producer as well as Evan Dunsky (Nurse Jackie). Lael Smith and Keir McFarlane serve as co-executive producers. Aunt Bernie, a working-class woman in a Rust Belt city (meek, unmarried, no kids) dies tragically in a home invasion. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage, determined to get the life she never had. She proceeds to inflict a range of demands on what’s left of her nuclear family (a quasi-stripper nephew and two feckless nieces), who live in a low-end subsidized hellhole of a housing complex called Sea Oak. Sea Oak is from Amazon Studios.