Amazon is gearing up for its third pilot season, in which it will present five new shows for users to watch, rate, and review. Starting on August 28, three half-hour comedies and two hour-long dramas will be made available on Amazon Instant Video in both the U.S. and the UK. Users will be able to watch the pilots, rate them, and even comment on them. By the end of the pilot season, that feedback helps choose which shows become an Amazon Original series.
Here’s a quick rundown of this year’s pilots:
Hand of God: An hour-long drama, Hand of God marks the television debut of filmmaker Marc Foster (Monster’s Ball). Written by Ben Watkins, the show stars Ron Perlman as a judge and Dana Delany as his wife. Garret Dillahunt joins the cast as a “born-again sociopath,” with Andre Royo playing a “smart, gregarious, and greedy mayor.” Rounding out the cast is Alona Tal, Julian Morris, Elizabeth McLaughlin, and Emayatzy. The show will follow Perlman as Judge Pernell Harris, “a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on ‘visions’ and ‘messages’ he believes are being sent by God through Pernell’s ventilator-bound son.”
Hysteria: The other hour-long drama in the mix, Hysteria, is set in Austin, Texas, where members of a girls’ competitive dance team come down with a “strange, psycho-physiological illness that manifests itself in violent fits and spasms and then begins spreading in the community through technology.” Mena Suvari stars as Logan Harlen, a neurologist who returns home to investigate only to discover that the “hysteria surrounding the girls might actually be linked to social media and her own tragic past.” Hysteria is written by Shaun Cassidy and also stars James McDaniel, Josh Stewart, Adan Canto, Laura San Giacomo, and T.R. Knight.
The Cosmopolitans: This half-hour comedy stars Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Åsblom, Jordan Rountree, and Adriano Giannini as “a group of young American expatriates contemporary Paris searching for love and friendship in a foreign city.” The show, which is described as a “romantic comedy pilot” was written, directed and produced by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman.
Really: Written, directed by, and starring Jay Chandrasekhar, Really is a half-hour comedy that provides a “behind-the-curtain look at the complexities of marriage and the charged dynamics of a tight-knit group of friends.” Specifically, Really follows “four hard-charging suburban Chicago couples trying to grasp on-to their dwindling youth.” Sarah Chalke stars alongside Chandrasekhar, with Selma Blair, Travis Schuldt, Hayes MacArthur, Collette Wolfe, Luka Jones, Lindsay Sloane, and Rob Delaney rounding out the pilot cast.
Red Oaks: Lastly, Red Oaks is a half-hour comedy directed by David Gordon Green (Eastbound and Down) and produced by Steven Soderbergh. Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts as David Myers, “an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985, who is both reeling from his father’s heart attack and conflicted about what major to declare in the fall.” From there, David meets a group of misfits who help complete this “coming-of-age comedy” about “enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end.” Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser, Oliver Cooper, Gage Golightly, and Ennis Esmer also star, with Alexandra Socha appearing as a guest star.