Amazon announced today that it has greenlighted production of its first two hour-long drama pilots: "Bosch," based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch series, and "The After," from "X Files" creator Chris Carter.
The web giant’s Instant Video service will host pilot episodes of the shows, and will weigh viewer response to help decide whether the shows will get full-season orders.
"Bosch" will be written by two-time Emmy nominee Eric Overmyer ("Homicide: The Movie," "Law & Order"). Carter, who was a part of eight Emmy nominations during his run on "The X Files," will write and direct "The After."
"Customers will be invited to watch the pilots on Amazon Instant Video at no cost and can provide feedback that will help determine which pilots should be produced as series to air exclusively on Prime Instant Video and Amazon’s LOVEFiLM in the UK in early 2014," the company said in its announcement.
Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios, commented: “We are very excited to be working with creators like Michael Connelly and Chris Carter, both epic storytellers in their own right. For the first time we are bringing Amazon customers hour-long programming and we can’t wait to hear what they think of these new stories.”
Commenting on "Bosch," author Connelly said: “Sharing this story with television audiences is very exciting, something that’s been twenty years in the making. It is amazing to have it come together with the synergy of Amazon — the world’s largest bookstore — along with accomplished creator and showrunner Eric Overmyer, and Fabrik, a production company dedicated to loyalty to the books. Harry Bosch can be in no better hands.”
Carter had this to say about "The After": “I’m very superstitious about talking about what I’m working on before it’s finished, and it’s more fun if it’s kept a mystery! So let me just say that this is a show that explores human frailty, possibility, terror, and the triumph of the human spirit. I’m so excited to be telling this story with Amazon in this new frontier of television.”