You Can Now Watch and Vote On 10 New Amazon Pilots, Starring Titus Welliver, Jeffrey Tambor, Natalie Zea, and More


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:


THE AFTER


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. 


BOSCH

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.  


TRANSPARENT

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. 


THE REBELS

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?


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Feb 16, 2014
Please dont cancel The after,its the best one out of all the recent ones,although some better CGI wouldnt hurt.
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Feb 11, 2014
Lots of Great Series out there in recent times:
Banshee; Breaking Bad; Game of Thrones; House of Cards; The Walking Dead; Spartacus; Vikings; True Detective; Black Sails; Strike Back; Homeland; Ray Donovan; Almost Human; Arrow; The Blacklist; Defiance; Helix; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; even 24 is coming back for another season! The list goes on... The Red Road; The Last Ship; Penny Dreadful; Extant...

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Feb 11, 2014
1. The After
2. The Rebels
3. Bosch
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Feb 10, 2014
I jusrt saw the After pretty damn good well acted and intriguing.
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Feb 10, 2014
Anything is better than Network TV!
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Feb 09, 2014
I enjoyed the After up until the final scene, wtf was that? But if it gets picked up I will no doubt watch it and try to figure it out.

And the Irish guy really irritated me, he's just an overdone, angry, alcoholic, foul mouthed Irish stereotype - being Irish I am really not impressed with the writing of him!
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Feb 08, 2014
The After
The writing and acting were very spotty. Quite a bit of bad acting and accents... and quite a bit of bad dialogue. The mystery is interesting, though, and that should keep me into the show. I like the cast, but I guess I was surprised at people like Sharon Lawrence and Arielle Kebbel not acting as well as they usually do (Kebbel's accent was terrible). Also, I guess it speaks to how long it's been since I seen him in anything, but Jamie Kennedy's chubbiness really shocked me for a second.

The Rebels
Not too bad. It wasn't that funny and seeing how stupid some of those athletes were was a bit much... but then again, athletes can be pretty stupid, so who am I to judge how stupid is too stupid. But despite some of the standardly-lame "a woman doesn't know sports" jokes, it was okay and I think Natalie Zea did a good job with what she had.


I wouldn't mind either of them being "picked up", but I can see both being pretty bad... or kinda decent. I certainly don't anticipate either being great... but I think being Amazon shows makes me a little less harsh on them, heh.
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Feb 09, 2014
"...Sharon Lawrence and Arielle Kebbel not acting as well as they usually do..."

I don't recall seing Sharon Lawrence in anything since NYPD Blue (even though I must have seen her episodes of Monk). She was certainly better there. I think she's too young for this role. (She's 53).

Aldis Hodge (the hacker from Leverage) was a disappointment as well. His character is a stereotypical angry black man, but he's not quite pulling it off. Of course, the dialogue isn't making it any easier.

The angry guy with the accent is too annoying and too belligerent to be realistic. I think the actor is OK, but he looks bad because of the bad writing.

Adrian Pasdar is the one that irritates me the least. But it took some awful writing to break his leg.
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Feb 08, 2014
I just watched Transparent... it was... okay... but not AT ALL funny. Why bother calling it a dark comedy, just call it a drama.
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Feb 08, 2014
really only The After sounds remotely interesting but after those last Amazon tv shows, I won't bother.. they all seemed super low budget even for a web pilot.
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Feb 09, 2014
Bosch doesn't look that way. Almost everyone you see is someone you recognize. The witch from Being Human, "Marlo Stanfield" from The Wire, "Hershel" from The Walking Dead, "Renee" from 24, the guy who was working with that politician in The Killing, Abraham Benrubi, Valerie Cruz, Lance Reddick,...
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Feb 10, 2014
Yeah, liked the Connolly books, could see me watching more Bosch despite imagining a bulkier guy than Tolliver as the lead but it was done well, little preachy in the bar scene but I got to see Bosch eyeball a coyote so book-to-film wish fulfilled.
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Feb 08, 2014
I just saw The After. I was very disappointed. It looked cheap and dumb. The dialogue was bad enough to make the actors seem much worse than they really are, and I suspect that most of them would have looked bad even if the writing had been good. The characters are all pretty useless. Officer Munez seriously made me wish that officer Linda had been there instead.

I like it when a show or a movie starts with a big mysterious event, but I don't like it when everything just makes less and less sense after that. It's perhaps too early to tell, but I think that several things in this episode suggest pretty strongly that the story is just going to continue to make less sense.

I can't say much more without spoilers, but I'll say that this is definitely not a sci-fi mystery show like Flash Forward. It's a supernatural show.
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Feb 08, 2014
BOSCH!!! No doubt in my mind!
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Feb 09, 2014
Yes, unlike The After, Bosh looks like an actual TV show. The actors are good and the murder story is interesting enough.
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Feb 07, 2014
The After
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Feb 07, 2014
The After sounds interesting, Rebels sounds terrible & the rest somewhere between OK and pretty good.
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Feb 07, 2014
All 5 of them sounds watchable. Very happy that Natalie Zea might finally get her own series!

Beta turned up to be a great comedy from the 1st round.
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Feb 07, 2014
Bosch. Bosch. Bosch.Bosch.Bosch!
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Feb 07, 2014
"The after" sounds intriguing in theory but after watching the pilot I wasn't really impressed. Chances are it will turn out to be something like "under the dome".

Bosch on the other hand was great. Being a fan of the books I can say there's a lot of potential in there.
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Feb 07, 2014
The After from the dude who gave us The X-Files.

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Feb 07, 2014
The After sounds great.

Bosch sounds like the usual boring procedural with yet another detective with a "dark side" or something. It's not that original.

Mozart in the Jungle sounds disgusting and boring. Definitely not interesting.

Transparent sounds mildly interesting until I know a more detailed description.

The Rebels sounds OK, but ordinary and not as good as Back in the Game and that got canceled.

And not only kids love those names...
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Feb 07, 2014
actually, bosch is pretty serialized, with the whole case spread over 12 episodes...
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Feb 07, 2014
I saw The After and the pilot is a 7/10, its interesting enough for me to keep watching but the characters arent all that great especially the main character.
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Feb 07, 2014
Has anyone been watching Betas or Alpha House? I'd be interested in knowing how those series are going, quality wise, since they were the first two adult series for Amazon to pick up.
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Feb 08, 2014
Beta is suprisingly good. I finished the whole series despite having so much on my plate already.
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Feb 08, 2014
I'm basically the exact opposite of that guy with a username, ThatGuyWIthAUsername. I watched both but gave up on Betas after 4 episodes. I kept watching Alpha House, though, and I kinda enjoy it. It's pretty funny, despite the fact that I couldn't care less about politics.
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Feb 08, 2014
I started watching both. I gave up on Alpha House about 4 episodes in, but Betas turned out to be a really fantastic show. It has a nice mix of both comedy and drama and managed to pull off a few things I'm sure major networks would be a little hesitant to tackle. I'm really hoping Amazon picks up Betas for a second season.
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Feb 08, 2014
Good to hear, after the first lot of Amazon Pilots Betas was my favourite, whereas I seemed to recall thinking the only reason that they'd pick-up Alpha House was because of John Goodman's star-power.
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Feb 07, 2014
Oh, exciting stuff. I'll probably check all of the adult series out just so I can get a full perspective of what's on offer, but only The After and Bosch sound like they'd be shows I'd normally watch (so I guess I probably already made my mind up on what I'd vote for, really).
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Feb 07, 2014
Man I hate this stuff. You either watch something good and then gets bumed when it doesn't get pick up... Or you just watch crap.


Why don't they go to kickstarter? Where shows don't really need to compete with each other and you can flat out see which one people would be willing to buy.
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Feb 07, 2014
First off, Jamie Kennedy on a show is instantly "no", sorry.

Bosch sounds fairly interesting, and Welliver can really bring a lot to this, I will definitely watch this pilot.

Transparent probably won't work, but Tambor is always going to get my attention.

Annnnnd that's it.
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Feb 07, 2014
The only one that sounds remotely interesting is The After. And the only reason is Chris Carter.
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Feb 07, 2014
The symphony one MIGHT be interesting but that means they probably won't pick it, right?
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Feb 07, 2014
Okay, and now I watched it and it looks good, so it bums me that it probably won't be picked. I really dislike this method of determining which shows get made - I think it's more disappointing than when faceless execs choose.
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Feb 07, 2014
Are any written by Price, Lily, and Ryan? No? Then Fuck You Amazon.
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Feb 07, 2014
Everything look like crap
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Feb 07, 2014
I only saw The After. I liked the pilot, but got to admit that it was just an introduction of the main characters and plot line. And I'm a sucker for sci-fi thrillers and horror/mystery. And Christ Carter. Anyway, looks really promising,
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Feb 07, 2014
The after I think very interesting and Bosch!!
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Feb 07, 2014
i greatly enjoy the bosch novels, i am just unsure of how well they can turn that into a tv series.
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Feb 07, 2014
The After was good. It definitely felt like Flash Forward and The X-Files in one. Coulde be amazing. Acting could be better though.
Bosch was outstanding. 5 stars
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Feb 07, 2014
Bosch (seems like a twisted Criminal Minds), Mozart In The Jungle (About time classical music got more popular)
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Feb 07, 2014
"The After" time for more Chris Carter!
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Feb 07, 2014
NOP, thanks !
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Feb 07, 2014
Have to give The After, Mozart (for Maccy D) and may be Tambor's latest child maintenance payment project a go. I would go for Zea too but I'm guessing all I'd really be thinking about would be her and pig skin jokes.
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Feb 07, 2014
The After was really good; I will check the others out when I have time.
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Feb 07, 2014
The only one that looks interesting is The After. I'll be checking that out tomorrow!
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Feb 07, 2014
The After would please me. I would catch a glimpse of Mozart because I haven't seen a story line like that before.
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Feb 07, 2014
The After & Bosch sound good.
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Feb 07, 2014
Since they didn't pick up Price's show, what's the point?
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Feb 07, 2014
Just give us "The After"! Chris Carter baby!
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Feb 07, 2014
Not bloody likely, I got my hopes up last time and they didn't pick up a single thing I was even remotely interested in. I just wanted them to make the teacher one and I would have been happy.
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Feb 07, 2014
Bosch and The After sound pretty good, pass on the rest.
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Feb 06, 2014
Wow, I just watched The After, and I absolutely loved it! If one of these shows will be made to a full series, I hope they pick The After!
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Feb 06, 2014
The Rebels sounds like something ripped off from the movie Major League.
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Feb 06, 2014
I'd been looking forward to seeing Bosch. Not only do I like Titus Welliver, I've read all the Bosch books too. I'm gonna give all five of these a shot.

And on a related note, from last year's crop, I actually quite liked Alpha House.
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Feb 06, 2014
I watched The After, it wasn't bad per say, it just pretty much nailed every trope in the proverbial apocalypse. However, one of my hard rules about tv and movie watching is no Jaimie Kennedy ever, and that rule has never steered me wrong.
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Feb 07, 2014
Yes but the awesomeness of Adrian Pasdar should cancel out the Jamie Kennedy factor.
First season Heroes vs Son of the Mask? :)
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Feb 07, 2014
SPOILERS****

Never saw Heroes. Couldn't make it through the first 10 minutes of Son of the Mask. However, Pasdar's character has a compound fracture of the tibia and likely fibula (which is weird because he just tripped) in a world where there isn't likely anymore doctors. And he has a few hours maybe before infection sets in and kills him. And then you have the need for months of healing and rehab, despite them likely going to be on the run. Is he signed on for more than the pilot if it gets picked up? Because if so that is a pretty dumb thing to do to your strongest character.

I do have to say that at least Kennedy is playing a fitting role in the clown.


Any thoughts on the thing they found at the end?
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Feb 09, 2014
POTENTIAL SPOILERS
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reminds me of how demons are portrayed in art. I'm guessing demon but won't rule out alien or mutant;-) I think that (demon, alien, mutant) covers many possibilities. Maybe something that slip through a portal from an alternative universe ...
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Feb 10, 2014
@Vicky8675309

Who knows, to me it is all myth and depends on who is telling the story. I agree it has something to do with the christian mythology. But I have no idea how.

I have no idea about the date either or the tattoo. Mostly because I don't want to go back and look at what it was. I know that it was some type of circle and that it was conveniently on the whatever the thing was.

I just don't know if it is going to go any further than the pilot.
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Feb 10, 2014
@Mate
I'm not an expert in bibles and religions. I typically think of angels as badass warriors a'la Christopher Walken (The Prophecy) but not as demon faced things that can twist their joints and crawl backwards in a crab like appearance (kind of a Lovecraft vibe). I thought nephilim meant giants. I'm not an expert on religion/mythology so I may be completely wrong~I wouldn't be surprised.
Also the prostitute mentioned the Book of Revelations which I think has significance.
I wonder if all of them have tattoos~sort of like how they all have the same birthday. I'm too lazy to look up that date to see if there is any meaning behind the numbers.
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Feb 09, 2014
SPOILERS


I was thinking angels or nephilim. Mostly because of the symbols on it. And the symbol matching whatever was tattooed on the Irish guy's hand.
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Feb 06, 2014
I'd say yes to Bosch. For the rest Imwould need the 4-Episode-Test.
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Feb 06, 2014
Just watched THE AFTER tonight! Seems very very interesting. Chris Carter's back baby!
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Feb 06, 2014
The first three sound interesting enough, the last two, eh. Though, as a professional classical musician, I will have to try and take "Mozart in the Jungle" with a grain of salt otherwise I'm pretty sure that I will hate it.
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Feb 06, 2014
In The REbels, I'm guessing the woman turns out to be a complete incompetent, ends selling the team and the message of the show is that women should stay out of sports adminsitration. Well, someting like that.

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