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Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green collaborate on Amazon's final 2014 pilot

Clearly, “retirement” means something else in Soderberghland.

Though the Academy Award-winning director has stuck to his promise to stop directing feature films since 2012 (when he shot Behind the Candelabra), Soderbergh has hardly stopped making art in the intervening years. Recent projects include directing Cinemax’s 10-episode period drama The Knick (premiering this summer), helming an Off-Broadway play starring Chloe Grace Moretz, editing together a mashup of Hitchcock’s Psycho and Gus Van Sant’s Psycho, executive producing a TV series based on his 2009 indie film The Girlfriend Experience for Starz—and, now, overseeing another TV show, this time for Amazon.

The retail giant announced today that it has added a fifth and final series to its third pilot season: the ’80s-set coming-of-age comedy Red Oaks, executive produced by Soderbergh and directed by David Gordon Green (of Eastbound & Down and Pineapple Express fame).

Red Oaks follows a college student (Craig Roberts, Submarine) who meets a cast of colorful characters during his summer job at the eponymous country club. Those characters include a “corporate raider” played by Mad About You‘s Paul Reiser and his daughter, an “alluring” art student (Alexandra Socha, Royal Pains). Richard Kind (A Serious Man), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), and Oliver Cooper (Californication) also star in the pilot.

Like the rest of Amazon’s productions, Red Oaks will debut on Prime Instant Video later this year; customer feedback will determine which pilots are picked up and developed into full series.

Amazon will debut a pilot for the Sarah Chalke-Jay Chandrasekhar sitcom 'Really'

Following news that a Netflix-produced comedy series has started to win awards, Amazon has begun to reveal more of its own scripted materials.

In a press release, Amazon announced that will debut the pilot for Really, a half-hour comedy series, created and written by Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers) and starring Chandrasekhar and Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) as a young couple in suburban Chicago.  Really will follow Chalke and Chandrasekhar, and a close-knit group of friends including Selma Blair (Anger Management), Travis Shuldt (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Lindsay Sloane (Pysch)The series comes from executive producer Jamie Tarses of Happy Endings, and sounds like an update on the former ABC hangout sitcom—or a take on How I Met Your Mother, if it took place after the mother was met.

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HBO makes huge Amazon Prime deal: See which shows are going online

Big news for HBO fans: You can now watch many shows from the pay cable service without actually paying for cable, or buying the DVDs (or pirating the shows).

HBO has made a major deal with Amazon that gives Amazon Prime members unlimited streaming access to past seasons of shows like The Sopranos and Deadwood, as well as select seasons of current series such as True Blood and Boardwalk Empire. (See the full list below.) This is HBO’s first deal licensing its content to a streaming service. On average, the deal covers content that is at least three years old. For newer seasons, sorry — HBO still requires you get a subscription with a cable or satellite provider.

The network has previously licensed some content to basic cable networks, a move that’s actually keeping a few shows off Amazon Prime for the time being since they’re tied up in other deals (namely, Sex and the City, Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm). READ FULL STORY

Amazon greenlights new pilot 'The Cosmopolitans,' starring Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny

Amazon Studios continues to curate original programming featuring big-name stars with the announcement that it has greenlit two new pilots: the half-hour dramatic comedy The Cosmopolitans and the hour-long drama Hand of God. READ FULL STORY

Amazon unveils Fire TV, a streaming device to rival Apple TV and Chromecast

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Amazon wants its consumers to keep their media streaming all in the family.

The online behemoth unveiled Fire TV on Wednesday, the company’s own device set to rival Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku in the online streaming game. That’s right — you can now watch an Amazon original series, exclusive to Amazon Prime Instant Video, via Amazon hardware.

Fire TV retails for $99, the same cost as Apple TV (Chromecast, meanwhile, is $35, while Roku starts at $49.99). For the price tag, you get access to Amazon’s catalog of more than 200,000 movies and TV shows, with even more titles available to Prime members (who pay a soon-to-be $99 annual subscription fee). Fire TV owners can also access other subscription streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, on the device. READ FULL STORY

Amazon picks up six pilots, second season of 'Alpha House'

The Amazon original Alpha House garnered over 6,000 five-star reviews during its first season, and it’s not stopping now: Amazon announced today that the political comedy is getting a second season.

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'Orphan Black' to stream exclusively on Amazon Instant Video

It’s no secret that the Clone Club is taking over the world, one Tatiana Maslany at a time — and this news only cements that fact. BBC Worldwide North America announced today that it has secured a deal with Amazon.com, Inc., which will allow the retailer to stream the first season (as well as future seasons) of the popular sci-fi series exclusively on Prime Instant Video.

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Amazon denies plans to launch live-TV streaming service -- UPDATED

UPDATE: Amazon has denied reports that it is in the very early stages of developing a service that would enable paid subscribers to stream live TV channels that are currently offered through cable and satellite providers.

“We continue to build selection for Prime Instant Video and create original shows at Amazon Studios, but we are not planning to license television channels or offer a pay-TV service,” a spokesperson for Amazon said in a statement to EW.

Earlier, a report by the Wall Street Journal claimed that Amazon had already met with three major entertainment companies about licensing the television channels they offer.

Even though Amazon is apparently out of this particular quest, others — like Sony and Google Inc. — continue to publicly explore the opportunity to bring live TV to the streaming audience. But, WSJ pointed out, all face an uphill battle as carrier fees are a major moneymaker for big media companies who license their channels.

Amazon re-introduces 'Alpha House,' explains distribution strategy -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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Amazon enters the original programming game Nov. 15, when the first few episodes of Alpha House — a foul-mouthed political comedy from the mind of Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau — officially premiere on the retailer’s main site. The series stars John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Matt Malloy, and Clark Johnson as four Republican senators who share the same D.C. rental. Bill Murray makes a memorable cameo in Alpha‘s pilot, already available for free viewing on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video; future episodes will feature even more boldfaced names, including Cynthia Nixon and Wanda Sykes as a pair of formidable Democratic senators, Amy Sedaris as the wife of Malloy’s Nevada senator, and Haley Joel Osment as a reporter from Reno.

Though Amazon’s chief rival Netflix famously follows a simultaneous release model for its original series, Amazon has a different distribution strategy. As of the 15th, the website will offer the first three episodes of Alpha for free. Subsequent episodes will be released week by week — and available only to Prime Instant Video subscribers.

Why stretch out distribution in this manner? “Releasing all episodes at once delays launch and doesn’t allow customers to binge view any sooner,” Amazon Studios head Roy Price explains to EW via email. “Also, it makes it hard to talk about a show with your friends because you never know how many episodes they’ve watched — and that’s part of the fun of a TV show. On the latter point, at first it was a hunch but then we confirmed it by looking at social conversation on Twitter and Facebook: shows that are binge-released tend to have unusually rapid, sometimes precipitous declines in public conversation.”
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'Falling Skies' season 3 to stream exclusively on Amazon

The sky is falling — but only on Amazon Prime.

The retailer announced today that beginning Saturday, Nov. 2, the third season of TNT’s post-apocalyptic drama will begin streaming exclusively on Amazon. Member’s of the site’s Prime service can watch all 10 episodes at no additional cost; Amazon is also the only online subscription service that carries Falling Skies‘s first and second seasons.

Falling Skies revolves around professor-turned-militia-leader-turned-U.S.-president Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), who leads a gang of scrappy survivors after an alien invasion. The series wrapped its third season in August, and has been renewed for a fourth earlier this year.

Amazon Instant Video greenlights three new half-hour pilots

Amazon Instant Video is ready for round two. After launching its first round of comedy pilots last April, Amazon just announced that it has given the greenlight to launch three new half-hour pilots. Customers will then be invited to watch the pilots and help decide which of the three they want to go into full-season production on Prime Instant Video and Amazon’s LOVEFiLM in the UK in early 2014.

The first of the three pilots, titled Mozart in the Jungle, is written by Oscar-nominated Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), actor Jason Schwartzman (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and Tony-nominated Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher). Based on the memoir by Blair Tindall, it tells the story of what happens backstage at the symphony. Sex, drugs, and … classical music? You better believe it.

The second pilot, The Outlaws, is written by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) and Jon Weinbach and goes behind-the-scenes of a professional football team, both from the perspectives of the players and those sitting in the office. Former NFL player (and host of Live! with Kelly and Michael) is also attached as part of the creative team.
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