It’s official. We reported in September that Amazon had picked up to series Bryan Cranston and David Shore’s hourlong Sneaky Pete pilot, and now it has been confirmed. Amazon today announced it has greenlighted the drama series starring Giovanni Ribisi for debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., UK, Germany, Austria and Japan in 2016.
The pilot episode, currently available on Amazon Video and featuring a special appearance by Cranston, was directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), who also executive produces the show.
Sneaky Pete, a co-production with Sony Pictures TV, revolves around a conman (Ribisi) who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself — and discovering a family life he’s never had. Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer and Shane McRae also star.
“We are excited to bring to Amazon’s customers a new compelling series headlined by Giovanni Ribisi from the minds of David Shore and Bryan Cranston,” said Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios. “Sneaky Pete is an incredible addition to Amazon’s expanding drama slate and we are eager for its premiere in 2016.”