Call it the Apopcalypse: Pop culture’s continuing fascination with the end of the world as we know it. The latest work of epic eschatology is The After, a new mid-apocalyptic pilot from Chris Carter, the man behind shows like The X-Files and Millennium. The show will debut as part of Amazon Studios’ second-ever pilot season—with an exact premiere date still TBA—and viewers will get to decide whether they want a full season to find out what brought human civilization to a grinding halt. It looks a bit Lost-y in how it keeps most of its plot points in a mystery box, as eight (possibly connected) strangers are trapped together following an unexplained event. Check out the trailer below. READ FULL STORY
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All this time, Cristina Yang had a 20-something daughter?!
Okay, not really. Still, after 10 seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, it’s still a little jarring to see Sandra Oh in street clothes — and even more jarring to learn that soon, she’ll be playing someone’s mom. (Meredith, of course, probably encouraged her to take the part. Because Meredith and Cristina are real, right?)
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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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.
Further proof that TV lovers won’t fuhgeddabout the late James Gandolfini anytime soon: Since the three-time Emmy winner’s untimely demise, sales of The Sopranos on DVD and digital download have risen dramatically on Amazon and iTunes, two of the only venues through which the show — off the air since 2007 — can be viewed today. (A&E began airing edited versions of Sopranos episodes in 2007, but the show no longer appears on the cable net’s schedule. Though the show is also available via HBO Go, HBO declines to share numbers for its streaming service.)
A $124.99, 30-disc set that contains the award-winning HBO series in its entirety has shot to the top of Amazon’s Movies & TV Best Sellers list, ranking only behind an instantly watchable version of the latest episode of Mad Men. The Sopranos: The Complete Series also tops Amazon’s DVD Best Sellers list, while The Sopranos: The Complete First Season ranks seventh and The Sopranos: Season 6, Part 2 (the series’ last set of episodes) ranks 10th. Season 6: Part 1 appears on the chart as well, at No. 14.
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It’s all Greek to Amazon — at least when it comes to the retail site’s first original series for adults.
The company announced today that it has chosen five of the 14 pilots it posted online in April to become full-blown series: Alpha House, a political comedy created by Doonesbury‘s Garry Trudeau that stars John Goodman (and features a cameo by Bill Murray); Betas, a Silicon Valley-set comedy starring Ed Begley Jr.; and Annebots, Creative Galaxy, and Tumbleaf, three series aimed at kids.
Each show proved popular with Amazon customers, whose feedback was taken into account during the selection process. Amazon says that full series of all five will air exclusively on Prime Instant Video late this year and in early 2014, though no specific premiere dates have been set yet. READ FULL STORY
It’s a sad day in Zombieland-land: Franchise creator Rhett Reese — who co-wrote both the 2009 movie and the Amazon pilot that that movie has become with Paul Wernick — tweeted that the series “will not be moving forward on Amazon. Sad for everyone involved.”
The pilot has been available online for a month. Our Chris Nashawaty said, “There are a few yuks and also a pleasantly high body count. [But] the actors feel like bargain-basement knockoffs of Harrelson, et al. … You feel like you’re watching a smudged Xerox of what was a pretty hilarious movie.”
Amazon Studios’ inaugural slate of 14 pilots are now available at Amazon Instant Video, through any Amazon Instant Video app and at amazonoriginals.com. All of the pilots can be accessed for free, and customer feedback provided after each pilot is viewed will help determine which shows Amazon Studios will order to series.
Among the prospective shows are eight adult comedies and six children’s programs. Amazon’s comedy roster, in particular, is packed with stars. Alpha House stars John Goodman and Mark Consuelos with an appearance by Bill Murray, the musical Browsers features Tony-winner Bebe Neuwirth, and Jeffrey Tambor is part of the Onion News Empire ensemble. READ FULL STORY
You already got a glimpse at the apocalyptic survivors in Amazon’s new Zombieland pilot, now we’ve got your first look at the zombies out to get them.
In the still above, Columbus (Tyler Ross) and Wichita (Maiara Walsh) try to avoid getting eaten by a zombiefied old lady. She’s one of many un-dead attackers they’ll encounter in the pilot.
“You will see plenty of violence and blood and gore like you did in the movie,” says Paul Wernick, who, along with co-writer Rhett Reese, penned the film and now pilot. “People can expect a lot of zombie attacks in Zombieland for sure.” READ FULL STORY
That news you first heard about Amazon reviving Zombieland with a pilot? It’s coming back to life a little quicker than you expected.
The website released two images for the series, which will continue the adventures of our intrepid apocalypse survivors, now played by Kirk Ward, Tyler Ross, Maiara Walsh, and Izabela Vidovic. We don’t learn much from either, except that things are basically as we left them back in 2009: cities still burning, undead still roving, and guns still loaded. It’s not not nothing, right?
Zombieland will premiere alongside Amazon’s dozen other projects, after which customers will be invited to review each one and help determine what goes to series. Take a look at the poster, and a photo of the foursome, after the jump
Amazon is adding a pilot based on 2009’s hit action-adventure-rom-com Zombieland to its slate of original programming. The film’s writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, are writing the pilot; producer Gavin Polone is also returning. Filling in the roles of Woody Harrelson et al. are Kirk Ward, Tyler Ross, Maiara Walsh, and Izabela Vidovic. A statement from Amazon says that the show will follow in the same storytelling footsteps of the film, “and finds four survivors outwitting zombies and searching for a place to call home.” READ FULL STORY
Make room, Netfix! Amazon is the latest streaming service trying its hand at original content. The mega-retailer plans to debut 12 pilots — six children’s series and six comedies — this spring, including Alpha House featuring John Goodman, and Onion News Empire with Jeffrey Tambor. We’ve got your first look at both below. READ FULL STORY
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