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Amazon’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series Lays Out Possible Direction, Literally

There is "no timetable," according to Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke, for the launching of the streamer's already much-hyped series based on The Lord of the Rings. However,it looks like there is a new way to find out what's going on in the "darkest depths of Mordor," to quote those J.R.R. Tolkien fans Led Zeppelin. Having revealed a handful of social media handles for the JD Payne and Patrick McKay developed series earlier this week at TCA and teasing that they are… Read


‘Fleabag’ Season 2 Explores Religion With Help Of “Hot Priest” – TCA

The second season of Amazon’s Fleabag  surprised nobody more than series creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, she told TV critics at TCA. “I decided not to do a second season. Absolutely. For sure,” she insisted Wednesday afternoon, joking,  “I have great pride in my artistic integrity.” Only then, she said, she had this idea. Now she insisted, she is determined not to do a Season 3. Absolutely. For sure. Season 2 sees Fleabag’s sees family as dysfunctional as ever; uptight… Read


How Amazon’s ‘The Boys’ Will Handle The Bawdy In The Current #MeToo Era – TCA

In Garth Ennis’ comic book series The Boysthere’s some really risque events involving women that goes down, scenes in this #MeToo era which would be hard to argue as apropos. In what sounds like a similar dystopian world that DC’s Watchmen would dwell in, The Boys takes place during a time when superheros have an American Idol-type of mass appeal, however, they’re awful people and abuse women, and abuse power to a great degree. Hughie (Jack Quaid) suffers a great loss… Read


‘Hanna’ A Portrait Of Teen Absolved Of Convention And Good At Quick Kill – TCA

Hanna (Credit: Amazon Prime)

UPDATED with video: Season 1 of Amazon’s Hanna will hit Amazon Prime Video on March 29. It’s is based on the 2011 assassin pic directed by Joe Wright, but goes in ” different tonal direction,”  EP David Farr told TV critics at TCA, shortly after Amazon released the trailer. “TV, in my head, is more a writers’ medium” said Farr, who also co-wrote the feature, . Farr said sought Wright’s blessing on the project, who urged Farr “just don’t copy it.” About 75% of the… Read


Michael Sheen And David Tennant Create “PG Wodehouse English” Sensibility In ‘Good Omens’ – TCA

Neil Gaiman

The very busy Neil Gaiman came to TCA – again – to charm TV critics, explaining his utter delight in casting Welsh and Scottish actors Michael Sheen and David Tennant in the two extremely English starring roles of Amazon’s Good OmensSheen plays stoic and sensible angel Aziraphale, and Tennant is suave man-about-town demon Crowley. The six-episode series, which Amazon announced today would launch May 31, is based on Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s bestselling novel Good Omen… Read


Amazon Confirms Cast For Drama Series ‘The Hunt’ Led By Al Pacino

Amazon has confirmed cast for The Hunt, a vengeance-driven Nazi hunting series executive produced by Oscar-winning Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele. Al Pacino, Logan Lerman and Jerrika Hinton have closed deals to star in the series, along with Lena Olin, Carol Kane, Saul Rubinek, Tiffany Boone, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Greg Austin, and Dylan Baker. The Hunt follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they're known, have… Read

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‘Roma’-Style Theatrical-Streaming Model Already Underway At Amazon – TCA

“The direct-to-service strategy is happening,” Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke said at TCA this morning. While Amazon Studios will continue to be a respecter of theatrical windows, it currently is making movies specifically for its Amazon Prime portal, and very well could emulate a similar qualifying theatrical-quick-to-streaming window that Netflix practiced this past awards season for its pics Roma, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and 22 July.  You can’t say that Netflix… Read


Amazon Is “Dipping Its Toe In The Water” Of Sports Rights, Co-TV Chief Albert Cheng Says At TCA

Amazon is "dipping its toe in the water" of live sports rights. That's how Albert Cheng, Co-Head of TV at Amazon Studios, described its moves into the live hustle-and-bustle of some of the world's most popular sports including NFL, soccer and tennis. Amazon aired Thursday Night Football last year and bought the rights to 20 matches per season in the English Premier League from 2019-22, while also airing the U.S. Open tennis tournament in the UK. The SVOD service… Read


‘Transparent’ Finale Will Bring Series “Full Circle,” Says Amazon’s Jennifer Salke

There's no launch date for the final season of Transparent, but Amazon Studios boss today proclaimed the musical movie that ends the Jill Soloway series that put the streamer on the map "does everything you want it to do." Keeping specifics of the feature length finale that creator Jill Soloway has long planned, Jennifer Salke was ebullient about the fifth season of the now Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker and Judith Light led LA-set show. "We signed off on that… Read


Benedict Cumberbatch To Play Satan In Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’ – TCA

Benedict Cumberbatch

The final member of the Good Omens cast has been announced – Benedict Cumberbatch. The Sherlock star is playing the voice of Satan in the Amazon Prime Video series. "It's a giant animated Satan. He turns up and we needed a performance that works. So we found a young British help that needed a lot of direction from Douglas… Benedict Cumberbatch," said Gaiman. Cumberbatch will star alongside Frances McDormand, who plays the voice of God in the series, which is based on… Read


Amazon’s Russo Brothers International Event Series Adds Midnight Radio As EPs, Sets First Locations – TCA

Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio have been set as writers and executive producers of Anthony and Joe Russo’s upcoming global event multi-series for Amazon Studios. The as-yet untitled epic franchise, described as an action-packed spy series with a compelling emotional center, will begin with an international tentpole series. That will be followed by multiple, connected local-language series, with the first two originating in… Read


Amazon’s Jennifer Salke Dodges Queries About Woody Allen’s $68M Suit Over Canceled Contract

"I really can't comment on anything about that," Jennifer Salke said Wednesday when asked about the multimillion-dollar lawsuit Woody Allen filed against Amazon Studios last week. "It predated me, and now that it is in litigation, I can't make any comments on it at all," the Amazon Studios boss added, also dodging responses to the fate of Allen’s completed but shelved Rainy Day in New York film at the center of the suit. The film, starring Jude Law, Selena Gomez, Elle… Read