Amazon Studios has announced a January 15th premiere date for its first batch of 2015 pilots. As usual, the company will make series greenlight decisions based on viewer feedback.
Four dramas and two comedies are on offer, most notably the remake of British black comedy series “Mad Dogs” which Shawn Ryan (“The Shield,” “Last Resort”) is producing. Steve Zahn, Billy Zane, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli and Ben Chaplin star in this version of the show about a group of underachieving forty-something friends who visit a friend’s Belize villa – a holiday that turns into a nightmare of lies, deception and murder.
Another high-profile title is a pilot for a series based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history story “The Man in the High Castle”. Set twenty years after the Nazis won World War II, the U.S. is now divided between Japan and Germany and tensions between the two are mounting in the western half of the country.
Also on the way are the documentary series “The New Yorker Presents” which boasts short films based on articles from the mag, the half-hour comedy “Salem Rogers” starring Leslie Bibb as a former supermodel forced to re-enter the real world, the early Civil War-set family plantation drama “Point of Honor,” the comedy “Cocked” about a man (Sam Trammell) who returns to his rural Colorado home to help his family’s gun business, and the romantic drama “Down Dog” about a South Cali yoga teacher’s complicated love life.