Amazon Orders “Mad Dogs,” “High Castle” Series

Following their pilot season, Amazon Studios has officially given series orders for five new original shows along with renewing its classical music scene drama “Mozart in the Jungle” for a second season to premiere early 2016.

The five shows include two scripted series, the docu-series “The New Yorker Presents”, and the kids shows “Just Add Magic” and “The Stinky & Dirty Show”. Those two scripted series are of particular note.

The first is “The Man in the High Castle,” a TV series adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s 1962 alternative history novel. Set in the 1960s in a world in which the Allies lost World War II. The story unfolds across a United States half controlled by the Nazis, the other half by Japan and tensions between the two superpowers rise.

The second is “Mad Dogs,” the remake of the British dark comedy which itself was more a surreal and dramatic crime variation of “The Hangover”. The story follows four underachieving 40-something friends who reunite at a Belizean villa, only to become caught up in a surreal tale of drugs and murder.

Missing out on pickups from the recent pilot run were Carlton Cuse’s Civil War-era drama “Point of Honor,” and three comedies which dealt with characters ranging from yoga instructors to former supermodels.

Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios, says that “The Man in the High Castle” was the streaming service’s most watched pilot ever, making its pickup a foregone conclusion.

The shows will premiere exclusively to Prime members in the U.S., U.K. and Germany later this year and in 2016 on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service.

Source: Variety