Amazon is jumping into original content in a big way. Fans of the company that are still upset over the Amazon Prime price increase will get six new shows the studio picked up after the pilot season. “We had a tremendous response to Amazon Studios’ latest pilots-in fact, double the number of customers watched these pilots compared to our first season and they posted thousands of heartfelt reviews with pleas for us to continue these shows,” Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Now the fun really begins – Amazon will be working with some of the most talented casts and creators in the business to bring six new shows exclusively to tens of millions of Prime members worldwide. These series, along with our summer kids programming, will give customers a lot of viewing choices.”
In a move to counter Netflix’s continued push into original programming, Amazon is offering up a show for just about any taste. One of the big stories is the pick-up to series of Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. A live-action adventure show, it was created by David Anaxagoras. He is a first-time writer, who was discovered though Amazon’s open submission.
The After is Amazon’s big show that was picked up. Created by Chris Carter, the man behind X-Files, it follows eight people as they struggle to survive in newly violent world. It has the most recognizable cast out of the six, and includes former Heroes star Adrian Pasdar.
Mozart in the Jungle also made the cut from Amazon Studios, and is a half-hour comedy about the life behind the scenes of a symphony. Sex, drugs and a cello? Why not I suppose.
Michael Connelly’s best-selling series is making the leap to televisions in Bosch, a drama that follows a LAPD detective investigating the murder of a 13-year old boy, while on trial for murdering the serial killer.
Other shows picked up include Transparent and Wishenpoof. Amazon also renewed Alpha House, the show that follows four Senators who rent a house together in Washington DC. The series was Amazon’s first foray into original content.
Below is Amazon’s promo reel for some of the new shows picked up.