Amazon is ramping up its move into original programming, and is “officially an original drama series player,” reports Nellie Andreeva, writing on Deadline.com.
The company uploaded two drama pilots and three comedy pilots last month, and now has notified four of them that they’re going to series. That means Amazon will be ordering its first dramas, Andreeva notes.
One of the dramas is “The After,” from Chris Carter of “The X-Files,” while the other is “Bosch,” starring Titus Welliver.
“The After,” which marks Carter’s return to series television, is about eight strangers who have to survive in a violent world, the story notes. Its stars include Sharon Lawrence and Adrian Pasdar.
“Bosch” is based on Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series about a Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective who is tracking the killer of a 13-year-old boy. Welliver, known for “Argo" and for playing the Man in Black on "Lost,” will play Bosch.
On the comedy side Amazon ordered “Mozart in the Jungle,” which is from Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman and stars Gael Garcia Bernal, and Jill Soloway’s semi-autobiographical “Transparent,” the story notes.
The fifth pilot, “The Rebels,” is being put on hold.
“Five pilots yielding four series represents a much higher batting average than Amazon’s first pilot season, when it tested eight comedy pilots, picking up two — ‘Alpha House’ and ‘Betas’ — to series,” the story notes.