2019 Amazon Pilots & Series Orders
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Fox 21 Television Studios
TEAM: Lee Daniels (w, d, ep), Whitney Cummings (w, ep), Lisa Kudrow (ep)
LOGLINE: Revolves around three generations of women working in the ombudsman’s office of a college that navigates the current cultural climate, the concept of feminism across different generations and the struggle to reconcile socially constructed ideas with current ethical views regarding complex issues such as sex, race, class and gender.
CAST: Lisa Kudrow, Greg Kinnear, Whitney Cummings, Martin Short, Ian Harding, Josie Totah, Tasha Smith
STUDIO: Annapurna TV/Endeavor Content
TEAM: Cazzie David (w, d, ep), Elisa Kalani (w, ep), Augustine Frizzell (d, ep), Susan Heyward (ep, sr), Sue Naegle (p), Ali Krug (p)
LOGLINE: A sardonic college student’s overactive imagination leads to catastrophic thinking and an endless chain of social disasters.
CAST: Cazzie David
TEAM: Mehar Sethi (w, ep), Allan Mustafa (ep), Steve Stamp (ep), Asim Chaudhry (ep), Hugo Chegwin (ep), Chris Storer (ep), Ash Atalla (ep)
LOGLINE: Mockumentary centers on a local pirate radio station and its hosts. Based on the UK series.
CAST: Jorge Diaz, Eliza Bennett, Andre Hyland, Conner McVicker, Amir Talai
UNTITLED CATALINE AGUILAR MASTRETTA PROJECT
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Jax Media
TEAM: Catalina Aguilar Mastretta (w, d, ep), Tony Hernandez (ep), Brooke Posch (ep), Liz Cohen (p)
LOGLINE: Sara has been the matriarch of her chosen family since her parents moved back to Mexico City in her late teens. She and her diverse group of friends and family attempt to master their careers and romantic entanglements while living together in Sara’s Hollywood Hills compound. Now, Sara’s mother is moving back in and shedding a new light on the life Sara built for herself, pushing everyone toward a late-in-life coming of age.
CAST: Lorena Izzo, Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, Georgie Flores, Giancarlo Vidrio, Ben O’Toole, Sarah Ramos, Patricia Bernal
TEAM: Glen Mazzara (w, ep)
LOGLINE: Focuses on Roland Deschain’s origin story – how he first became a gunslinger and got his guns, his first conflict with the man in black, his first love and his first mission as a gunslinger. Based on the Stephen King novel.
CAST: Sam Strike, Jasper Pääkkönen, Michael Rooker, Jerome Flynn, Joana Ribeiro
Ordered straight to series; eight episodes
TEAM: Armando Bo (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Inspired by the real-life characters and events behind the 2015 FIFA corruption scandal, it explores the case from the angle of Jadue, a small‐time Chilean football club president who rose from obscurity to become a key player in a $150M bribery conspiracy at the hand of Julio Grondona, the infamous president of the Argentine football association.
CAST: Karla Souza, Andrés Parra, Paulina Gaitán
Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Blossom Films
TEAM: Alice Bell (w, ep), Nicole Kidman (ep), Per Saari (ep), Theresa Park (ep), Janice Y.K. Lee (cp)
LOGLINE: Hong Kong-set series explores the vibrant lives of a close-knit expatriate community, where affluence is celebrated, friendships are intense but knowingly temporary and personal lives, deaths and marriages are played out publicly — then retold with glee. Based on the novel by Janice Y.K. Lee
Ordered straight to series; 10 episodes
STUDIO: Monkeypaw Productions/Sonar Entertainment
TEAM: David Weil (w, ep), Jordan Peele (ep), Tom Lesinski (ep), Jenna Santoianni (ep), Win Rosenfeld (ep)
LOGLINE: Drawing from real-life events, it follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.
CAST: Al Pacino, Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton, Lena Olin, Kate Mulvany, Carol Kane, Saul Rubinek, Tiffany Boone, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Greg Austin, Dylan Baker, Josh Radnor, James Le Gros (recurring), Ebony Obsidian (recurring), Caleb Emery (recurring), Henry Hunter Hall (recurring), Jeannie Berlin (recurring), Julissa Bermudez (recurring), Becky Ann Baker (recurring), Josh Mostel (recurring), Miles G. Jackson (recurring), Jonno Davies (recurring)
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Skybound Entertainment
TEAM: Robert Kirkman (ep), Simon Racioppa (ep), David Alpert (ep), Catherine Winder (ep), Justin Copeland (sd), Chris Copeland (sd)
LOGLINE: 17-year-old Mark Grayson is just like every other guy his age — except his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man. But as Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers his father’s legacy might not be as heroic as it seems. Based on the Skybound/Image comic book.
CAST: J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Gillian Jacobs, Andrew Rannells, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Walton Goggins, Jason Mantzoukas, Mae Whitman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Melise, Kevin Michael Richardson, Grey Griffin, Max Burkholder
THE LORD OF THE RINGS
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Tolkien Estate & Trust/HarperCollins/New Line Cinema
TEAM: JD Payne (w, ep), Patrick McKay (w, ep)
LOGLINE: Set in Middle-earth, it will explore new storylines that precede the events depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Fellowship of the Ring.
UNTITLED JASON KATIMS PROJECT (fka On the Spectrum)
STUDIO: Universal Television/True Jack Productions/yesStudios
TEAM: Jason Katims (w, ep), Jeni Mulein (ep), Danna Stern (ep)
LOGLINE: Coming-of-age comedic drama about three twentysomething roommates on the autism spectrum who striving for the same things that we all desire: To get a job, keep a job, make friends, fall in love and navigate a world that eludes them. Based on the Israeli format On the Spectrum.
CAST: Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien, Albert Rutecki, Sosie Bacon, Chris Pang
STUDIO: Amazon Studios
TEAM: Lauren Oliver (w, ep), Joe Roth (ep), Jeff Kirschenbaum (ep), Adam Schroeder (ep), Leigh Janiak (d, ep), Alyssa Altman (co-ep), Lynley Bird (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Every year, the graduating seniors in a forgotten rural town risk their lives in an illegal, high-stakes game to win life-changing money – and a chance to escape. Anonymous judges force the players through a series of challenges that will compel them to confront their deepest fears – and upend their ideas of who they are, who to trust, and who they might become. This year, 47 players will compete for the biggest pot ever. All of them will be changed. Only one will win. Based on the book by Lauren Oliver.
CAST: Olivia Welch, Mike Faist, Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut, Ray Nicholson, Will Chase, Kevin Alves
STUDIO: Amazon Studios/Sister Pictures
TEAM: Jane Featherstone (ep), Naomi de Pear (w, ep), Naomi Alderman (ep), Reed Morano (d, ep),
LOGLINE: The world of The Power is our world, but for one twist of nature. Suddenly, and without warning, all teenage girls in the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. It’s hereditary, it’s inbuilt, and it can’t be taken away from them.
STUDIO: Fox 21 Television Studios/Amazon Studios
TEAM: Nathaniel Halpern (w, ep), Mark Romanek (d, ep), Matt Reeves (ep), Adam Kassan (ep), Rafi Crohn (ep), Mattias Montero (ep), Samantha Taylor Pickett (ep), Adam Berg (ep), Simon Stålenhag (ep)
LOGLINE: Explores the fantastical, mysterious town and people who live above “The Loop,” a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe – making things possible that were previously relegated only to science fiction. Based on the sci-fi art of Simon Stålenhag.
CAST: Rebecca Hall, Paul Schneider, Jonathan Pryce
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Ordered straight to limited series; 11 episodes
STUDIO: Plan B/Pastel/Amazon Studios
TEAM: Barry Jenkins (d, ep), Brad Pitt (ep), Adele Romanski (ep), Sara Murphy (ep), Mark Ceryak (ep)
LOGLINE: Story centers on young Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood— where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Based on Colson Whitehead’s novel.
CAST: Thuso Mbedu, Aaron Pierre, Chase W. Dillon
UTOPIA Ordered straight to series; nine episodes
STUDIO: Endemol Shine North America/Kudos/Amazon Studios
TEAM: Karen Wilson (ep), Sharon Hall (ep), Gillian Flynn (w, ep, sr), Jessica Rhoades (ep), Dennis Kelly (ep), Toby Haynes (d)
LOGLINE: A group of young adults who meet online are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy Deep State organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that actually might be real and they’re forced into the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world. Based on the 2013-14 UK series.
CAST: John Cusack, Sasha Lane, Rainn Wilson, Dan Byrd, Javon “Wanna” Walton, Cory Michael Smith, Ashleigh LaThrop, Desmin Borges, Farrah Mackenzie, Christopher Denham, Jeanine Serralles, Jessica Rothe (recurring)
THE WHEEL OF TIME
Ordered straight to series
STUDIO: Sony Pictures Television/Amazon Studios.
TEAM: Rafer Judkins (w, ep, sr), Rick Selvage (ep), Larry Mondragon (ep), Ted Field (ep), Mike Weber (ep), Darren Lemke (ep), Uta Briesewitz (d)
LOGLINE: Set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists but only women can use it, the story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it.
Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Signature Studios/Amazon Studios
TEAM: Sarah Streicher (w, ep), Amy B. Harris (ep, sr), Jamie Tarses (ep), Dylan Clark (ep), Brian Williams (ep), Susanne Fogel (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A group of teenage girls from radically different backgrounds finds themselves stranded on a remote island, unaware that they’ve just become the subjects of an elaborate social experiment.
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