Amazon Studios has announced the lineup for its first 2015 pilot season, which boasts projects from the likes of Ridley Scott, Carlton Cuse, Shawn Ryan and Frank Spotnitz.
The seven pilots are the hour-long series Cocked, Mad Dogs, The Man in the High Castle and Point of Honor; the half-hour Down Dog and Salem Rogers; and the documentary series The New Yorker Presents.
Cocked, created by Sam Baum and Sam Shaw, will star True Blood’s Sam Trammell as a corporate-minded liberal forced to move back to rural West Virginia to help run his family’s gun store. My Name is Earl lead Jason Lee will play his brother in the dark comedy.
Mad Dogs, an adaptation of a U.K. series, comes from creator Cris Cole and counts The Shield’s Shawn Ryan as an executive producer. The show reunites a group of disparate, underachieving 40-something friends — Steve Zahn, Billy Zane, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli and Ben Chaplin — at an early retirement party. Murder puts these already strained relationships to the test.
The Man in the High Castle adapts Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel that shows what the world might have been like had the Allies lost World War II. Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joel De La Fuente, Rufus Sewell and DJ Qualls all star in the drama from writer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) and executive producer Ridley Scott.
Another historical drama, Point of Honor, will take place at the start of the Civil War and star True Blood’s Nathan Parsons as a Confederate soldier who frees his slaves while still fighting on the South’s side. The pilot was directed by Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace and written by Lost’s Carlton Cuse; the series stars Annabelle Stephenson, Riley Voelkel, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Patrick Heusinger, Luke Benward, Adrienne Warren, Lucien Laviscount and James Harvey Ward.
The half-hour Down Dog pilot comes from writer Robin Schiff, producers Bob Cooper and Michael Fuchs and director Bradley Silberling. The series will follow lead Josh Casaubon as a Santa Monica yoga teacher who faces a late-30s crisis when he breaks up with his girlfriend, played by Paget Brewster. Lyndsy Fonseca, Will Greenberg, Andrea Savage, Amir Talai, Kris Kristofferson and Alysia Reiner also star.
About a Boy’s Leslie Bibb will star in the half-hour comedy Salem Rogers as the titular character, an ex-supermodel forced to adjust to life in the real world following a lengthy stint in rehab. With the help of her former assistant (Rachel Dratch), Bibb’s character will try to step back into the spotlight. The series comes from writer Lindsey Stoddart and will also star Jane Kaczmarek, Brad Morris, Harry Hamlin, Toks Olagundoye and Scott Adsit.
Lastly, the documentary series The New Yorker Presents promises to adapt the magazine’s sensibilities to television with short films, poems, documentary segments and more. The pilot will contain work from Alan Cumming, Brett Gelman, Jonathan Demme and Marina Abramovic. The series is executive produced by Academy Award winner Alex Gibey, along with Dave Snyder and Dawn Ostroff.
The pilots will debut in early 2015 exclusively on Amazon Instant Video in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.
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