Amazon’s latest Pilot Season has been a flop. All three shows will not be greenlit for a full season, according to Deadline. Pilots for Sea Oak, The Climb, and Love You More didn’t have what it takes. Those might be the last pilots we ever see if Amazon decides to select shows in a more conventional way and end their pilot seasons.
Amazon is making a shift away from not only pilots, but niche shows in general. Lately, they’ve been signing more straight-to-series orders for shows with big names behind them, as they search for big drama series to compete with what HBO and Netflix are producing. Their recent deal for a Lord of the Rings series is a prime example of that new shift in content.
Ian McKellen has shown interest in reprising his role as Gandalf in Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings series. He says he hasn’t been asked yet, but can’t see anyone else playing the role. If Amazon is attracting talent like Ian McKellen without even asking, I guess they must be doing something right.