You Can Now Watch and Vote on Five New Amazon Pilots, Starring Ron Perlman, Sarah Chalke, Mena Suvari, and More

Remember that time you kicked open the door to an NBC exec meeting and demanded that the network pick up Wonder Woman, only to have everyone call you crazy before security threw you out on you keester? Well, a) you are crazy, and b) you are a nobody who isn't part of the exclusive television development process. 

Or maybe you aren't crazy and you just kicked open the wrong door. Amazon wants you—yes, YOU—to have a say in its greenlighting process and has released another round of TV pilots to be watched and judged by the public, with your input having an influence over which ones grow up to become TV series. The company has done this before, a couple times actually, and even if Amazon never really explains exactly how much it listens to the feedback it receives, it's still a lot of fun to watch these pilots. 

Let's take a quick look at the offerings in this round:


HAND OF GOD


This is the one I'm most excited about! Ron Perlman (yes!) stars as a corrupt judge who thinks God is telling him set out on a path of vigilante justice. "Ron Perlman," "corrupt," and "vigilante justice" all in the same sentence? Yep, that sounds about right. Dana Delaney, Alona Tal, Garret Dillahunt, and Andre Royo (Bubbles!) also star. Watch it here


RED OAKS

This coming-of-age story directed by David Gordon Green (Prince AvalanchePineapple Express) is set in the 1980s and follows a college student who's trying to enjoy the last days of summer before his life gets serious. Jennifer Grey, Richard Kind, and Paul Reiser star. Watch it here.


THE COSMOPOLITANS

A bunch of American ex-pats living in Paris do the searching-for-love-and friendship thing while trying to forget their pasts. This is a Whit Stillman (MetropolitanBarcelona) joint, so expect plenty of talking and preppy Ivy Leaguers moaning about how their lives are so hard. Adam Brody, Dree Hemingway, Adriana Giannini, and Carrie MacLemore star, with Chloe Sevigny dropping by for a guest visit. Watch it here


HYSTERIA

Amazon describes this one as "an investigative thriller about a haunted young doctor who is summoned back to her hometown to investigate an epidemic that may be linked to social media—and her own tragic past." Ummm, what? Mena Suvari, T.R. Knight, and Laura San Giacomo star. Watch it here


REALLY

Jay Chandrashekar (Broken Lizard, Super Troopers) directed, wrote, and starred in this comedy about being married and having kids and all the fun and baggage that comes with being married and having kids. Sarah Chalke plays his wife. Watch it by clicking this link right here


Your homework: Watch 'em all and tell US what you think!


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I can never figure out what I get for free with my Prime. Are these free?
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Yea
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Tim, why isn't this thread on the home page? Won't there be people watching these shows and talking about them? Or are they too busy tuning in to The Amazing Race?

Yes, the comedies are good, and I nailed the order of goodness, and the dramas suck, see below. But my reviews are better. Oh, and I forgot to add that the French guy in The Cosmopolitans is gorgeous. Are the two actors related to Adrien Brody and the Hemingways? Is the blond guy from Silicon Valley?

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/aug/29/amazon-pilot-tv-chloe-sevigny-the-cosmopolitans
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As usual, uneven fare, but no contest on the comedies:

The Cosmopolitans is the clear winner. Can it sustain the uniqueness factor, given the budge of filming in Paris --------- or, did they just film in Oshkosh, with a green screen? Good writing, acting, and geography. Not funny, but then Louie isn't funny either, and except for the morons who complain that Louie isn't funny, this comedy is pretty darned good.

Red Oaks - inventive, well written, funny, good acting, even given that Sodaberg is screwing up The Knick. If there are budget issues, New Joisey is a helluva lot cheaper than Paris. And who can complain if Paul Reiser - yes, older, fatter - and Richard Kind are in the program. Besides, the lead Craig Roberts is excellent and so is his boss Ennis Elmer. Yes, Ennis Elmer, from Canada and sadly overlooked for how many years?

Really - REALLY? You even bothered to put money into a dog like this whose pilot is purely, simply, absolutely, and completely about blow jobs? Let me guess, a bunch of blue balled men wrote, directed, and produced this show. And they won't get a blow job until all the women in the world go deaf, dumb, and blind. Sad that there are some decent actors in this crapfest.

I wonder if Amazon will accept this review? I'll have to try it.

The dramas are getting such bad reviews that I have zero interest in the dramas.
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Just how do you watch Amazon programming? Is it a website that you go to and pay per episode?
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If you have Amazon Prime, you go into Amazon Instant Video and they are there.

Not sure if you can watch them if you don't have Amazon Prime.
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Are they free ?
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i have watched 3 shows so far and nothing i would recommend to anyone..still to watch Hysteria and hand of God
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Had a look at Hysteria. WTF if you go in cold every you think every 10 minutes you're in a different show. It sort of comes together at the end, but it has a very weird pacing and I'm not sure if it is straight or supernatural. If it's straight it's ridiculous.
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First where are all the shows we voted for last time? It has been over 6 months and we have yet to hear a release date for any of the shows picked? If there are dates please send me the link.
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That's a terrifying picture of Ron Perlman. I'm not really interested in any of these though.
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About The Cosmopolitans, hyphenating "ex-pats" suggest they are former "pats," whatever that would be. They're not, they're "expatriates," not former "patriates."
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what about the one with the cliche characters in LA after the power goes out ... that involves demons or something
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"The After"

It's due next year

It's more than power outages though... it's apparently the end of the world. And it wasn't that bad.
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No, no, no. That was with the last round of pilots. They already decided which of that lot is going to series, and you'll be happy to know The After with its cliches, power outages, and possible demons was picked up!
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Ooooh, I thought all 5 New Amazon Pilots, starred Ron Perlman. :-(
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As I suspected, Canadians can't watch these pilots. Sad.
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Well, that stinks, since Red Oaks has a very good actor I've never seen before, Ennis Esmer, and he's Canadian.

Even if you have Amazon Prime, you can't watch?
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Shouldn't Canadians be used to being unable to watch good programming?
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Canadians see them all when they begin airing in their normal time slots. The networks here all pick up the American shows....all of them. But no previews online.
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That's still just so bizarre to me. All of the internet should be region-free.
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they are all available online in various forms
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Red Oaks: "Jennifer Grey, Richard Kind, and Paul Reiser star."
So, is the lead actor not worth mentioning?
For those who care he's Craig Roberts, a Welsh lad who starred in Submarine, Being Human and a little film called 21 Jump Street. Oh yeah, it's also produced by Steven Soderbergh and for the Teen Wolf fans out there Gage Golightly (Erica) also stars in it. Not that any of that makes the premise sound more exciting, which is a shame!

Still, I'm looking forward to giving these pilots a go, not that they listerned to me last time. I liked The Rebels and thought Transparent was load of miserable pretentious twaddle, but at least Amazon are trying to do things differently. I have to agree that Hand of God looks the most promising from this batch, Perlman is great and it'll be good to see him in a regular TV series again since the late '80s Beauty and the Beast (I should probably point out that I haven't started Son's of Anarchy yet!).

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I've been excited about Hand of God for a while because of Ron Pearlman mainly - The rest look, perhaps not as promising, but who knows... Certainly they sound fresher than the average network fall serving IMO....
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Hand of God better make it. Will check it out later today. The rest of them sound unimpressive to say the least.
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They don't sound very exciting at first glance.
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"You Can Now Watch and Vote on Five New Amazon Pilots..."

Well, yes, you can if you live in the US. It looks like I need to move to the US to be able to feed my TV addiction. Why do all great things happen in the US?
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Because apparently the US is the only place that's taking TV viewership seriously. So serious in fact, they're stealing shows and actors from other countries and making better use of them here! The world may have better ideas and better talent to offer, but we have more money to take them all, Muahahahaha!
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Try Hola Unblocker.
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Yes, what did happen to the first round of pilots? Didn't they debut on Amazon almost a year ago? Isn't Transparent with Jeffrey Tambor supposed to become a show? How the hell long does it take to put a show out? FX does it in a day and a half.
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Re: Transparent, Amazon just announced a premiere date and released a trailer this week!

http://www.tv.com/news/transparent-trailer-premiere-date-140916126540/
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I am going to try Hand of God. The rest does not really sound interesting enough. One thing about viewers voting is that many may not have the time or interest to even watch all of them. They will probably vote for that one show they do watch if it does not suck.

What happened to the last round of voting. Any news about any of them such as Bosch becoming a full series?
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If I remember correctly, all but one of the pilots were picked up. "Bosch" and "The After" definitely were. Those are the only two I cared about.
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Yeah, I think Rebels was the only show not picked up. This was kinda sad for me, since I thought the premise sounded truly awful, but I found the pilot very funny and entertaining.
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I didn't watch that one, but now that you say it was good, then I'm glad I didn't see it, so I can't be upset about it :)
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That is good news. I saw Titus Welliver on so many shows (latest was The Last Ship) I wonder if he was still playing Bosch.
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I agree, I love Titus Welliver. He does seem to be on almost everything these days. I was thrilled to see him on The Last Ship, but even more thrilled to see him have his own show. I really enjoyed the pilot for Bosch.
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