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Amazon’s new pilot season debuts on 17 June on Amazon Video
MUMBAI: US online retail major and content creator Amazon has announced the lineup for its next pilot season. This is a development process that gives all customers an opportunity to stream and review pilots in order to help choose the next Amazon original series that are then available to Prime members.
These new shows, including two one-hour pilots and six kids pilots, are scheduled to debut on 17 June exclusively on Amazon Video in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan.
New one hour-pilots, ‘The Last Tycoon’ and ‘The Interestings’, which will be available in 4K Ultra HD and HDR, will be joined by new kids pilots including live-action show ‘Sigmund and the Sea Monsters’ and animated pilots ‘The Curious Kitty and Friends,’ ‘Jazz Duck’, ‘Morris’ and the Cow, Toasty Tales and ‘Little Big Awesome’.
All pilots will be available via the Amazon Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/amazonvideo.
“We’re focused on bringing customers compelling, must-see TV and we accomplish this by going directly to them for input. Our process has proven to work time and time again. Their feedback has helped create series that have become fan favourites among critics and customers,” said Amazon Studios, digital video VP Roy Price.
The new one hour pilots come from creative talent such as Academy Award nominee Billy Ray ‘Captain Phillips’, Mike Newell ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, Michael De Luca ‘The Social Network’, Lyn Greene and Richard Levine‘Masters of Sex’, and star Matt Bomer ‘White Collar’, Kelsey Grammer ‘Frasier’, Lauren Ambrose ‘Six Feet Under’,David Krumholtz ‘New Girl’ and Jessica Pare ‘Mad Men’.
Creative talent helming the new kids pilots include Tsuneo Goda ‘Godo’, Jonathan Judge ‘The Thundermans’, Andreas Trolf ‘Sanjay and Craig’, Ben Gruber ‘Spongebob Squarepants’, Thomas Borowski and Caroline Foley ‘Rick and Morty’, actor David Arquette ‘Scream’and voice talent, including Thomas Lennon ‘Bob’s Burgers’, Zoë Kravitz ‘Divergent’,Michael Peña ‘Ant Man’, and Erik Griffin ‘Workaholics’.
Amazon’s next pilot season includes the following one hour shows:
‘The Interestings’ follows a group of artistic teenagers who meet at summer camp in 1974. As they transition into adulthood over the course of the next few decades, their friendships are tested by tragedy, success, failure and secrecy.
At the heart is Ambrose as Jules Jacobson, an aspiring actress who uses her wit to compensate for what she is lacking in glamour, money and the talent her other friends seem to have in spades. Newell directed the pilot.
The Last Tycoon
An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last work, it follows Hollywood’s Golden Boy Monroe Stahr (played by Bomer), as he battles father figure and boss Pat Brady (played by Grammer) for the soul of their studio.
In a world darkened by the Great Depression and the growing international influence of Hitler’s Germany, ‘The Last Tycoon’ illuminates the passions, violence, and towering ambition of 1930’s Hollywood. Lily Collins stars as Cecelia Brady and noted Pulitzer-winning Fitzgerald scholar A. Scott Berg serves as consulting producer.
Amazon’s next pilot season includes the following kids shows:
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (for children ages 6-11; live-action)
This is a live action show for children ages 6 to 11, based on their classic Saturday morning series from the 1970s. The show is centered on two brothers, Johnny and Scotty, who discover and befriend Sigmund, a friendly young sea-monster who escapes from his old life and his comically dysfunctional brothers Slurp and Blurp. Now, using a Clubhouse as their hiding place, the boys must keep Sigmund safe from an ambitious sea-monster hunter Captain Barnabas. It stars Arquette.
Little Big Awesome
This is a comedy for kids aged 6-11 that combines 2D animation, puppetry, and real live action footage as we explore the whimsically weird world of Ballopolis. Our show follows Gluko, a jelly giant, and Lennon, a small kid-like creature with a fuzzy hat, who are inseparable buddies. They adventure through a universe where sea turtles fly, flowers talk, and tear drops splash around on a hot summer day. Gluko and Lennon’s desire to help those around them can, at times, lead them to epically outlandish places, but at the end of the day, this show is about two best buds making their own fun and enjoying the wonderfully strange world around them.
Morris and the Cow
This is an animated comedy for 6 to 11 year-olds. It follows Morris, a 10-year-old determined to follow his passion and become a cowboy. Wearing homemade chaps and joined by his best friend, a talking cow named Florence, the duo explores the city of South Krumpton while confronting everyday problems with a mix of grit, determination, and country wisdom.
This is in an animated comedy for kids ages 6-11, featuring Waffle, Burger and Pants– three best friends who happen to be Marshmallows living in the long forgotten Move-Along National Park. Every day is a new adventure filled with strange creatures, perilous excursions, and epic tomfoolery, always served with a side of pancakes, hot off the griddle! Together, the trio explore the mysteries of Move-Along, and spin tall tales that maybe…just maybe…. have a hint of truth.
The Curious Kitty and Friends (for preschool-aged children)
This is a preschool stop-motion animated show, where we will join the upbeat and colorful adventures of kitty cat Komaneko as she explores the wonderful world with her friends Mimmi Bear, Radibo, and Yeti. With her trusty video camera and knapsack in tow, creative and curious Komaneko makes her own movies, usually starring her two favorite dolls, Wink and Ink. This playful show is produced by Dwarf Studios and comes from the mind of Tsuneo Goda, the creator and director of the world-famous DOMO among other numerous characters and award-winning films and series.
This is an animated series that encourages preschoolers to listen and express themselves as they explore the sounds and musical potential of their world! Jazz Duck is part duck, part saxophone, and loads of physical fun. With the friendship of the narrator and his animal friends, he embarks on adventures through the noisy Big City that culminate in a musical jam.