You're always complaining about how the television development process always excludes your vote and how when you barge into network headquarters to greenlight a new sci-fi epic you get arrested. Well "new media" is here to make your life less arrested, as Amazon has posted 10 new pilots that regular folk like you and me can vote on to determine whether they deserve a series order or not. This is Amazon's second round of viewer-voting on pilots, following the company's initial crop of comedies and kids' shows last year.
This time around, there are five adult programs and five children's shows (Amazon loves youths) to watch online (as long as you have an established Amazon Prime account or free trial), with the mature series ranging from an apocalyptic thriller from the creator of The X-Files to a goofball comedy about a widow who takes over her dead husband's football team. Let's run down the five non-kids programs, one by one:
Written and directed by The X-Files creator Chris Carter, The After (pictured above) follows eight strangers who are thrown together after the world descends into chaos for mysterious reasons. Think present-apocalyptic FlashForward with cliffhangers, lots of panic, and tons of unanswered questions. Aldis Hodge, Jamie Kennedy, Arielle Kebbel, and Adrian Pasdar star.
This unusual twist on the crime drama centers on Bosch, an LAPD detective who's investigating the murder of a 13-year-old boy. Sounds pretty straight, right? Except Bosch is currently on trial for murder! Whaaaaaat? His victim was a serial killer, but still. Whaaaaaat? Titus Welliver is awesome, and he stars as Bosch. Also, the show is based on the books by Michael Connelly. Annie Wersching, Amy-Price Francis, and Jamie Hector also star.
MOZART IN THE JUNGLE
This one sounds interesting! Based on the memoir of the same name, Mozart in the Jungle is a dramedy that promises to reveal a side of the classical-music scene that you didn't know existed: the side with a lot of sex and drugs. Mozart in the Jungle goes behind the scenes of a symphony where more than horns are blown. I'm talking about lines of cocaine and maybe genitals. Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Alex Timbers wrote it, and Gael Garcia Bernal, Lola Kirke (Jemima's sister), Saffron Burrows, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters, and Peter Vack star.
This is a dark comedy about a family in Los Angeles with serious boundary issues, according to the logline. And when someone makes a shocking admission, everyone's secrets come gushing out. But it's got a helluva cast! Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass star.
What happens when the owner of a professional football team dies and leaves the team in the hands of his widow? Awkward "women don't know football" jokes, I'm assuming! Natalie Zea stars as the new owner of the team in this sports comedy.
On the kids' side, Amazon is offering five shows with names that only kids will love: Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, The Jo B. and G. Raff Show, Hardboiled Eggheads, Maker Shack Agency, and Wishenpoof!.
Which of these pilots sound good to you?