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Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders

Amazon Studios

2017 Amazon Studios Pilots


BUDDING PROSPECTS (single camera)
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Melissa Axelrod (w, ep), Terry Zwigoff (d, ep), Vincent Landay (ep), Terry Zwigoff (d, ep), Joanna Colbert (co-ep)
LOGLINE: It’s 1983 San Francisco, and three hapless city boys move to the country to grow marijuana. Their expectations of the experience being a back-to-the-land, nurturing adventure in a beautiful rustic setting run up against the harsh truth upon their arrival at “the Summer Camp” – a miserably run-down shanty out in the middle of nowhere, where they are bedeviled by rats, snakes, mosquitoes, unfriendly growing conditions, noisy neighbors, dangerous locals and menacing law enforcement.
CAST: Adam Rose, Joel David Moore, Will Sasso, Brett Gelman

THE CLIMB (single camera)
Passed on
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/The Mark Gordon Company
TEAM: Diarra Kilpatrick (w, ep), Chris Robinson (d), Christina Lee (sr)
LOGLINE: An office assistant in Detroit seeks an extraordinary life through Internet fame, with her best friend always in tow.
CAST: Diarra Kilpatrick, Alysha Umphress

THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS (single camera; originally developed at NBC)
Ordered straight to series; six episodes
STUDIO: Moonshot Entertainment/Sony Pictures Television
TEAM: Bryan Cranston (w, ep), Greg Mottola (w, d, ep), James Degus (ep)
LOGLINE: Wyatt and his brothers are coming to terms with the death of their dad, a wonderful, whimsical inventor who touched the lives of everyone who knew him. He leaves the boys with a copy of The Dangerous Book for Boys, and the how-to book inspires fantasies for Wyatt. While in his fantasy world, he reconnects with his father and learns life skills that help him navigate real life.
CAST: Gabriel Bateman, Drew Logan Powell, Chris Diamantopoulos, Erinn Hayes, Kyan Zielinski, Swoosie Kurtz (guest/recurring)

GOOD OMENS (single camera; hourlong for 2019)
Ordered straight to limited series; six episodes
STUDIO: BBC Studios/Narrativia/The Blank Corporation/Amazon Studios
TEAM: Neil Gaiman (w, ep, sr), Caroline Skinner (ep), Chris Sussman (ep), Rob Wilkins (ep), Rod Brown (ep)
LOGLINE: It’s 2018, the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming war, and someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.
CAST: Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Adria Arjona, Nina Sosanya, Ned Dennehy, Ariyon Bakare, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman

STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Micah Fitzerman-Blue (w, ep), Noah Harpster (w, ep), Youree Henley (ep), Joshuah Bearman (ep), David Klawans (ep), James Ponsoldt (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Dark comedy about the life of Frank Lafount, aka Master Legend — a homemade superhero whose mission is to protect the people of Las Vegas from evil doers along with his sidekick, the Ace. Master Legend juggles the demands of justice with the even more complicated demands of his real family, who don’t see him as a hero at all.
CAST: John Hawkes, Dawnn Lewis, Shea Whigham, Anjelika Washington, David Castaneda

Passed on
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/MPK Productions/Warner Bros. Television
TEAM: Carolyn Strauss (w, ep), Bobcat Goldthwait (w, d), Michael Patrick King (w, ep, sr), Bridget Everett (w, co-ep)
LOGLINE: An office assistant in Detroit seeks an extraordinary life through Internet fame, with her best friend always in tow.
CAST: Bridget Everett

MAKING FRIENDS (multi-camera)
STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV Studios
TEAM: Carter Bays (w, ep), Craig Thomas (w, ep), Seth Rogen (ep), Evan Goldberg (ep), Pam Fryman (d, ep), Brian Brockrath (ep), James Weaver (ep)
LOGLINE: Mark is a brilliant guy with an artificial intelligence degree who creates robots and spends his days hanging out with them as his main group of friends.
CAST: Adhir Kalyan, Georgia King

THE NEW V.I.P.’S (single camera)
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Titmouse
TEAM: Steve Dildarian (ep), Ben Kalina (ep), Dave Newberg (ep), Peter Principato (ep)
LOGLINE: Aunt Bernie (a meek working-class woman who dies tragically in a home invasion in her Rust Belt subsidized housing complex called Sea Oak. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage, determined to get the life she never had.
CAST: Matt Braunger, Ben Schwartz, Missi Pyle, Jonathan Adams

SEA OAK (single camera)
Passed on
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: George Saunders (w, ep), Jonathan Krauss (ep), Evan Dunsky (ep, sr), Kier McFarlane (co-ep), Lael Smith (co-ep), Hiro Murai (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Aunt Bernie, a meek working-class woman, dies tragically in a home invasion in her Rust Belt subsidized housing complex called Sea Oak. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage, determined to get the life she never had.
CAST: Glenn Close, Rae Gray, Jack Quaid, Jane Levy

UPLOAD (single camera)
STUDIO: Deedle-Dee Productions
TEAM: Greg Daniels (w, d, ep), Howard Klein (ep)
LOGLINE: Set in a future where humans are able to “upload” themselves into their preferred choice of afterlife. When Nathan meets his early death, he is greeted by the Nora in his version of heaven. As Nathan grows accustomed to life away from his loved ones, the alive Nora struggles to stay afloat working her job alongside Nathan in the afterlife.
CAST: Robbie Amell, Andy Allo


Ordered straight to series for 2019; eight episodes
STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV/Amazon/Original Films
TEAM: Eric Kripke (w, ep, sr), Evan Goldberg (d, ep), Seth Rogen (d, ep), Neal H. Moritz (ep), Ori Marmur (ep), Pavun Shetty (ep), James Weaver (ep), Garth Ennis (co-ep), Darick Robertson (co-ep)
LOGLINE: In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, the series revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as “the boys,” who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.
CAST: Erin Moriarty

CARNIVAL ROW (2018 production)
Ordered straight to series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Legendary TV
TEAM: Rene Echeverria (w, ep, sr), Travis Beacham (ep), Paul McGuigan (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in in a neo-Victorian city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. The fantasy noir follows the investigation of a string of unsolved murders that are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists.
CAST: Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, David Gyasi, Karla Crome, Indira Varma, Tamzin Merchant, Simon McBurney, Alice Krige (recurring), Jared Harris (recurring), Ariyon Bakare (recurring)

Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: NBCUniversal International Studios
TEAM: David Farr (w, ep), Marty Adelstein (ep), Becky Clements (ep), JoAnn Alfano (ep),  Scott Nemes (ep), Sarah Adina Smith (d, ep), Scott Herbst (co-ep), Tom Coan (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Equal parts a high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama, it follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is. Based on the 2011 feature film.
CAST: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Esme Creed-Miles

Ordered straight to series; two seasons
STUDIO: Universal Cable Productions/Anonymous Content
TEAM: Eli Horowitz (w, ep), Micah Bloomberg (w, ep), Sam Esmail (d, ep), Chad Hamilton (ep), Alicia Van Couvering (ep), Chris Giliberti (ep), Alex Blumberg (ep), Matt Lieber (ep), Julia Roberts (ep), Lisa Gillan (co-ep), Marisa Gill (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Psychological thriller revolves around a caseworker at a secret government facility and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life.
CAST: Julia Roberts

Picked up to series; two-season order
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Amy Sherman-Palladino (w, ep), Dan Palladino (ep), Dhana Gilbert (p)
LOGLINE: It’s 1958 New York, and Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she’s ever wanted: the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant Upper West Side apartment perfect for hosting Yom Kippur dinner. But her life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent — one that changes her life forever. She charts a course that takes her from her comfortable life into the world of stand-up comedy.
CAST: Rachel Brosnahan, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Zegen, Joel Johnstone (recurring), Caroline Aaron (recurring), Kevin Pollak (recurring), Bailey De Young (recurring)

OASIS (fka Untitled Strange New Things project)
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Left Bank Pictures
TEAM: Matt Charman (ep), Kevin MacDonald (d, ep), Andy Harries (ep)
LOGLINE: A heart-wrenching love story of a husband and wife with the universe between them at the center. English pastor Peter Leigh embarks on the journey of a lifetime into deep space that takes him light years away from his beloved wife, Bea. Adapted from Michel Faber book The Book of Strange New Things.
CAST: Richard Madden, Haley Joel Osment, Anil Kapoor

PHILIP K. DICK’S ELECTRIC DREAMS (originally developed at AMC/Channel 4)
Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/ Sony Pictures TV
TEAM:  Ronald D. Moore (w, ep), Michael Dinner (w, ep), Tony Grisoni (w), Jack Thorne (w), Matthew Graham (w), David Farr (w), Dee Rees (w), Travis Beacham (w), Maril Davis (ep), Bryan Cranston (ep), James Degus (ep), Isa Dick Hackett (ep), Kalen Egan (ep), Christopher Tricarico (ep), David Kanter (ep), Matt DeRoss (ep), Lila Rawlings (ep), Marigo Kehoe (ep)
LOGLINE: Sci-fi anthology series based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick. Each episode will be a stand-alone.
CAST: Bryan Cranston (guest)

Ordered straight to series; eight episodes
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Weinstein Television
TEAM: Matthew Weiner (w, d, ep), Semi Chellas (w, ep), Kriss Turner Towner (co-ep), Blake McCormick (co-ep), Kathy Ciric (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Anthology series set around the globe featuring separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.
CAST: Jack Huston, Amanda Peet, Marthe Keller, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Aaron Eckhart, Corey Stoll, Andrew Rannells, Mike Doyle, JJ Feild, Janet Montgomery, Paul Reiser

Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Paramount TV/Skydance Media
TEAM:  Carlton Cuse (ep, co-sr), Graham Roland (w, ep), John Kasinski (ep), Dan Sackheim (d, ep), Morten Tyldum (d, ep), Michael Bay (ep), Brad Fuller (ep), Andrew Form (ep), David Ellison (ep), Dana Goldberg (ep), Marcy Ross (ep), Mace Neufeld (ep), Lindsey Springer (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Up-and-coming CIA analyst Jack Ryan uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.
CAST: John Kasinski, Peter Fonda, Kenny Wong, Mena Massoud, Abbie Cornish, John Hoogenakker, Wendell Pierce, Dina Shihabi, Ali Suliman, Al Sapienza, Arpy Ayvazian (recurring), Timothy Hutton (recurring)

Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Nicolas Winding Refn (w, d, ep), Ed Brubaker (w, ep)
LOGLINE: Explores the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles by following killers’ existential journeys in becoming samurai.
CAST: Miles Teller, Jena Malone, John Hawkes, Cristina Rodlo, Augusto Aguilera, Nell Tiger Free, Babs Olusanmokun, Callie Hernandez, Billy Baldwin

STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Josh Goldin (w, ep), Rachel Abramowitz (w, ep), Andrea Simon (ep)
LOGLINE: Set in and around the world of the Tropicana nightclub during in pre-revolutionary Cuba, it explores the intersection of entertainers, the mob, Batista loyalists, Castro revolutionaries and the American CIA. 

Ordered straight to series; two-season commitment, 16 total episodes
STUDIO: The Weinstein Company
TEAM: David O. Russell (d, ep), Alexandra Milchan (ep), Scott Lambert (ep), Harvey Weinstein (ep), David Glasser (ep), Megan Ellison (ep)
LOGLINE: Under wraps
CAST: Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore


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