Starting next Thursday, Amazon Prime will be streaming 10 new series - ranging from dramas to comedies. I know what you're thinking - Zombieland was terrible! Why would I pay attention to Amazon right now when I've got HBO Go and Netflix? Well, for starters, the X-Files' and The Wire's have pretty cool looking shows. Amazon Studios director Roy Price will most likely make the decision about which of these 10 shows get the greenlight over the next couple of months. Be sure to watch and rate so your favorites make the cut. You can watch the sizzle reel here and check out the descriptions of the shows below:
Cop drama based on Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, written by Eric Overmyer and Connelly. Pilot follows title character, played by Titus Welliver (“Argo,” “The Good Wife”) as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Cast includes: Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (“The Killing”) produced and Jim McKay directed the pilot.
Story follows eight strangers thrown together by mysterious forces and who must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Written and directed by Chris Carter (“The X-Files”), exec produced by Marc Rosen of Georgeville Television and produced by Gabe Rotter. Cast includes: Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jamie Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar and Louise Monot.
“Mozart in the Jungle”
Dramedy based on the memoir “Mozart in the Jungle” by Blair Tindall about sex, drugs and classical music — showing what happens behind the curtains at the symphony. Written by Roman Coppola (“Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Darjeeling Limited”), actor-musician Jason Schwartzman (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Moonrise Kingdom”) and writer-director Alex Timbers (Broadway’s “Peter and the Starcatcher”). Paul Weitz (“About a Boy,” “Admission”) directed the pilot and executive produced. Cast includes: Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke, Malcom McDowell, Bernadette Peters and Peter Vack.
Dark comedy about an L.A. family with serious boundary issues. Written and directed by Jill Soloway (“Afternoon Delight,” “Six Feet Under” and “United States of Tara”). Cast includes: Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass.
Sports comedy follows Julie Levine (Natalie Zea) after her husband dies and leaves her as the sole owner of a pro football team. Written by Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach and exec produced by Matt Alvarez (“Ride Along”); creative team also includes musician-actor Ice Cube and Michael Strahan, former New York Giants player and co-host of “Live with Kelly and Michael.”
“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street”
Live-action adventure show created by David Anaxagoras, first-time writer discovered through Amazon Studios’ open-door submission process. Coming-of-age tale centers around Gortimer, his two best friends Ranger and Mel, and their exploits on Normal Street, an ordinary suburb that has a hint of something magical just beneath the surface. Pilot directed by Luke Matheny (“God of Love,” “Maron”) and guest stars Fionnula Flanagan.
Animated action-comedy for children ages 6-11 features ultra-precocious bespectacled duo Kelvin and Miles, who may look, dress and speak like typical nerds but suit up to battle monsters born of toxic waste, martians lured to Earth and killer vegetables. Created by Duane Capizzi (“Transformers Prime,” “Jackie Chan Adventures,” “Men in Black: The Series”).
“The Jo B. & G. Raff Show”
Animated series created by multiple Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Josh Selig (“The Wonder Pets”), aimed at helping preschoolers learn about conflict resolution. Show follows two best friends, Jo B. and G. Raff, who host their own TV show. Each day, just as their show is about to start, Jo B. realizes G. Raff has gone somewhere new and exciting and needs to go find him; the friends end up reaching a compromise and singing, “If I give a little and you give a little, together we can meet in the middle!”
“Maker Shack Agency”
Live-action project about the “maker” movement, aimed at kids ages 6-11, follows exploits of Wolfie, 13-year-old inventor and his two best friends as they use all the branches of science and personal ingenuity to make a new invention every episode that makes people’s lives better. Created in conjunction with think tank Applied Minds and production company Electus, the pilot was written by Arland DiGirolamo (“Sketchy”), Geoff Barbanell (“Kickin’ It”) and directed by Alex Winter (“Ben 10,” “Downloaded”). Pilot features original music from Dr. Dog.
Animated show about girl who has ability to wish herself into magical scenarios, and uses her powers to help others solve problems. Written by Angela Santomero, creator of “Super Why!” and “Blue’s Clues,” whose preschool show “Creative Galaxy” is one of the full series slated to hit Amazon Prime Instant Video in 2014.