Amazon has had a long history of releasing Pilot Seasons where they ask for feedback on single episode TV pilots to help decide which shows to turn into a full season run. It has been an unusual practice that other studios don’t do and now it has come to an end, according to Entertainment Weekly. Amazon Studio head Jennifer Salke told reporters “we’ll use our own testing barometers and some user data but the public voting process has been set aside for now.” The season for the change is not to eliminate the feedback, but to speed up the time to release by eliminating pilots. By making decisions internally on shows, like the rest of the industry, and going straight to series, it should help get seasons done sooner and out to customers.
Season 3 of Transparent, Amazon’s most successful show, is now available to stream in its entirety on Prime Video. The show just won 3 Emmy awards to add to its numerous other awards. If you’re looking for something new to watch, but Transparent doesn’t interest you, take a look at Fleabag, which debuted its first season last week, or mark your calendar for Woody Allen’s first TV show Crisis in Six Scenes, which will debut in a week on Spetember 30th.
Amazon’s original programming was nominated for 16 Emmy Awards this year and they managed to win 6 of those nominations in the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. Amazon’s biggest winner of the night was Transparent, which took home 3 wins. The shows creator, Jill Soloway, and the show’s lead actor, Jeffrey Tambor, repeated their wins from last year by again taking home the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series respectively. Transparent, which will release its third season this Friday, also won an Emmy for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program.
Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle won two of its four nominations this year. The first win went to James Hawkinson for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series, and the show also won an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design. Amazon’s final Emmy win went to Mozart in the Jungle for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series. The Man in the High Castle and Mozart in the Jungle will both release their new seasons in December.
Amazon’s original movie Elvis & Nixon is now available on Prime Video. This is Amazon’s largest box office movie to date and they’re bringing it to Prime members just 4 months after its theatrical release. Amazon’s other two movies, Chi-Raq and Creative Control, made their way to Prime Video 3 months and 2 months after their big screen premiere, so it seems like the more popular the movie, the longer Amazon leaves it in theaters. Still, a 4 month turn round from theater to streaming is far shorter than the 10 month average it usually takes movies to come to streaming services.
Amazon is bringing Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character to TV, according to a report by Deadline. A series commitment with a 10-episode straight-to-series order has been greenlit with John Krasinski taking the lead role. If you’re not familiar with the popular book series, you’ve probably heard of the character from one of four Jack Ryan movies that have been release, starting with The Hunt For Red October in 1993 and ending recently with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in 2014. The show will follow “an up-and-coming CIA analyst as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.”
Amazon had a busy day yesterday at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills where stars, producers, directors, and executives spent the day talking to press about Amazon’s upcoming original shows. In addition to confirming the title of Woody Allen’s highly-anticipated first TV show to be Crisis in Six Scenes, they revealed their full fall lineup of original shows, along with their premiere dates. September is looking to be a month of comedies for Amazon, with One Mississippi, Fleabag, and the third season of Transparent all premiering in September. October will premiere shows with a more serious tone, like Goliath and Good Girls Revolt, with the second season of The Man In the High Castle premiering near the end of the year on December 16, where Amazon says the mysterious figure known only as “the man in the high castle” will be revealed. Read on for the full list of upcoming shows and premiere dates, as well as new trailers and sneak peak videos that have just been released. Read more ›
Amazon has announced their next lineup of pilots to gauge audience interest in new shows. Three half-hour pilots will debut August 19 in what Amazon is calling their 2016 Comedy Pilot Season. The first pilot is I Love Dick, based on the book of the same name, which is a romantic comedy staring Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon. Second is an action comedy called Jean-Claude Van Johnson, where Jean-Claude Van Damme will be staring in his first TV role. The martial arts movie icon plays a character not much unlike himself, a global martial arts and film sensation, but the character is also the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world. The final pilot is The Tick, a new take on the short lived Fox comedy that has become a bit of a cult classic. Ben Edlund, creator of both the original live action comedy and 1994 animated series, is back as writer and executive producer. The show stars Peter Serafinowicz, as The Tick, and Griffin Newman. Read on if you’d like to know more about each show. Read more ›
The Amazon original movie Elvis & Nixon is set to arrive on Prime Video next month on August 25. The movie premiered in theaters in April, giving it just a 4 month turnaround time from big screen to Prime Video. When Amazon first announced they’d start making original movies last year, they said they’d be bringing their movies to Prime much quicker than the 10 month average it usual takes movies to make their way to subscription services. So far they’ve made good on that promise with their first two movie releases, Chi-Raq and Creative Control, which made their way to Prime members in 3 months and 2 months.
Due to Amazon’s recent buying spree at Sundance, we can probably expect to see a new original movie come to Prime once a month. Love & Friendship premiered in theaters in May, The Neon Demon debuted in June, and Woody Allen’s Café Society just premiered last week. All three should make their way to Prime Video later this year.
This year’s Primetime Emmy Award nominations have been announced and Amazon has landed 16 nominations for their original series. Transparent, which took home 5 Emmy wins last year, has received the majority of Amazon’s nominations with 10 total. It is up for best comedy series and show star Jeffrey Tambos has been nominated for lead actor in a comedy. Tambor’s co-stars Judith Light and Gaby Hoffmann are both in the running for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy, while Bradley Whitford and Melora Hardin have been nominated for outstanding guest actor and actress in a comedy. Transparent has also received nods for production design, casting, costumes, and outstanding directing for a comedy by Dave Mandel.
The Man in the High Castle has been recognized for special effects, production design, cinematography, and main title design. Mozart in the Jungle is in the running for outstanding sound mixing for a comedy and Catastrophe has been nominated for outstandin writing for a comedy. The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will held September 18th, and it’s worth noting that if Amazon wins an Emmy, there’s a good chance they’ll have a one day sale the following week that offers Prime membership for $68, like they did after last year’s win.
Amazon’s original series Catastrophe has been renewed for two additional seasons, according to TVLine. The show’s positively reviewed second season premiered in April. The third season will begin production later this year and be released in 2017. Since Catastrophe is a british series, made by UK’s Channel 4, you can expect the new seasons to be available overseas first before making their way to US viewers.