Amazon has listened to members of their streaming service and is picking up six new series for the upcoming TV season. The programs are from the creative minds of such past Emmy favorites as “The X-Files,” “Six Feet Under,” and “The Wire,” as well as award-winning films “About a Boy” and “Moonrise Kingdom.”
Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, said, “We had a tremendous response to Amazon Studios’ latest pilots — in fact, double the number of customers watched these pilots compared to our first season and they posted thousands of heartfelt reviews with pleas for us to continue these shows.” He added, “Now the fun really begins. Amazon will be working with some of the most talented casts and creators in the business to bring six new shows exclusively to tens of millions of Prime members worldwide. These series, along with our summer kids programming, will give customers a lot of viewing choices.”
Below, a brief synopsis of each of these new shows.
Eight-time Emmy nominee Chris Carter (“The X-Files”) offers the hour-long drama “The After.” It follows eight strangers who must survive in a violent world after mysterious forces bring them together. It stars Aldis Hodge, Jamie Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, and Adrian Pasdar.
“Transparent” is a dramedy about a Los Angeles family with boundary issues and secrets spilling out. “Six Feet Under” producer Jill Soloway oversees the show, which stars Emmy champ Jeffrey Tambor, two-time Tony winner Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass.
The half-hour dramedy “Mozart in the Jungle” is about sex, drugs, and classical music with a behind-the-scenes look at what really happens when the curtains close. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Roman Coppola (“Moonrise Kingdom”), actor Jason Schwartzman (“Saving Mr. Banks“), Tony nominee Alex Timbers (“Peter and the Starcatcher”), and Oscar nominee Paul Weitz (“About a Boy”) are the producers. The cast includes Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Malcolm McDowell, and Bernadette Peters.
Best-selling author Michael Connelly is working with Eric Overmyer (“The Wire”) on the drama series “Bosch,” based on his books about a relentless Los Angeles homicide detective. It stars Titus Welliver and Annie Wersching.
Two children’s programs are also in development.
“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” is aimed at ages 6-11 and is a live action show.
“Wishenpoof!” is an animated show for preschoolers.