Amazon has announced their third season lineup of pilots, and the book bully’s original programming is getting strangely close to something people are really going to have to take seriously soon. Their second pilot season was impressive (with a few glaring exceptions), and all but the biggest turd of the bunch were picked up for full seasons. Those will air on Amazon this fall, but before that, on August 28th, we’ll get five new pilots. Like the last season, they’re mostly comedies, with a drama and supernatural thriller thrown in. And all of them have bigger stars than you’d expect from a book selling website. (That is, if you, like me, are still stubbornly stuck in your AOL chatroom mindset and haven’t yet accepted the idea that this shift is possible.) Amazon will be continuing with the American Idol-style of television production, and we the viewers will vote on what we want to see picked up.
Here they are:
Hand of God
The Premise: A plays-by-his-own-rules judge believes he’s getting messages from God through his comatose son, sending him on a vigilante mission.
The Cast: Ron Perlman, Dana Delaney, Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Andre Royo (AKA Bubbles from The Wire), Alona Tal (Veronica Mars)
The Premise: An American ex-pats in Paris rom-com.
The Cast: Chloë Sevigny and Adam Brody
The Premise: A mysterious epidemic sweeps a girls’ competitive dance team. Dr. Mena Suvari is the neurologist who must return home to investigate the contagion, while suspecting ties to her past.
The Cast: Mena Suvari. Also Laura San Giacomo.
The Premise: An “honest” look at marriage and friendship, set in suburban Chicago.
The Cast: Sarah Chalke, Jay Chandrasekhar, Selma Blair, Travis Schuldt (Scrubs), and Rob F*cking Delaney
The Premise: A Steven Soderbergh-produced coming-of-age tennis comedy.
The Cast: Paul Reiser, Jennifer Grey, Luka Jones (Submarine)
Via TV Line.