Transparent trailer

Amazon has made no secret of the fact that it wants to compete with Netflix, but so far it hasn’t offered much of a challenge on the original programming front. Though the web retailer has debuted several new shows already, none have attracted nearly the attention of a House of Cards or an Orange Is the New Black.

But that could change with Transparent. The “psychosexual comedy” stars Jeffrey Tambor as a father who comes out as a trans woman late in his life, rocking the lives of his family including his ex-wife (Judith Light) and their three adult children (Amy LandeckerJay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffmann).

The dramedy pilot earned some very strong buzz when Amazon debuted it later this year. And if the first Transparent trailer is any indication, it’s likely to get even more once the full first season debuts next fall. Check out the Transparent trailer after the jump.

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HBO Shows Coming to Amazon Prime

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Standalone HBO Go subscriptions still aren’t a thing, but an Amazon Prime account could turn out to be the next best thing. Amazon announced this week that it had struck a multi-year deal to add several of HBO’s shows to the Amazon Prime catalog, including The Sopranos, The Wire, and Deadwood.

Don’t go throwing away your sister’s boyfriend’s roommate’s HBO Go password just yet, though. Current seasons of ongoing series won’t be available for another few years, and megahit Game of Thrones isn’t part of the agreement at all. Hit the jump for more details.

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Wonder Woman Origin Series ‘Amazon’ Canceled at CW

Wonder Woman

As things pick up for Wonder Woman in one realm, they’re shutting down elsewhere. While Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel will introduce the first big screen incarnation of Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, the character won’t get new life on the small screen after all. Read More »

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman has had an absurdly difficult time making it to the screen, but as long as she remains a pop culture icon there will always be someone, somewhere, trying to make it happen. Right now, that someone is The CW.

Last year, the network began developing Amazon, a Smallville-style origin story around the DC heroine. While the first script, by Allan Heinberg, didn’t pass muster with network brass, The CW is now taking another shot with Heroes writer Aron Eli Coleite. Hopefully this will be the guy who succeeds where so, so many others have failed. Hit the jump for more details.

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Amazon Planning to Release Its Own Set-Top Box?

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Amazon took its first stab at original programming last weekend with 14 new pilots. By the time those shows actually make it to series, customers may also have a new box to watch them on. According to a recent report, the e-tailer is working on a streaming device to compete with Apple TV, Roku, and Boxee, and the like, with plans to introduce it this fall.

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Watch All 14 Amazon Pilots Online Now

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With the openings of Oblivion and The Lords of Salem, the expansion of The Place Beyond the Pines, and the Netflix premiere of Hemlock Grove today — not to mention new episodes of Mad Men and Game of Thrones this Sunday — film and TV lovers are already spoiled for choice when it comes to stuff to watch this weekend. But if none of those suit your fancy, or if you still have some hours left to fill, Amazon also has fourteen comedy and children’s pilots ready for viewing right now on their site.

The highest-profile of the crop by far is Zombieland, but there are also new shows involving The Onion, Kristen Schaal, John Goodman, and many more. And if you like what you see, you can actively help your favorites live on. Amazon will decide which of the pilots get picked up to series based on their popularity with viewers.

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Zombieland TV series header

After Zombieland hit in 2009, there was much talk of a sequel. Unfortunately, it didn’t move as fast as it could have. As the cast and crew moved on the project fizzled altogether. But then, like the horrifying monsters that give the movie its name, it came back from the dead in a slightly different form.

Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick reworked the idea as a TV series, found a distributor in Amazon, and snatched up Tyler Ross, Kirk Ward, Maiara Walsh, and Izabela Vidovic to play the new Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock. Now the pilot is finished, and Amazon wants fans to check it out and help decide whether it gets greenlit to series. Get more details and watch a trailer after the jump.

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Zombieland TV Show

Many Zombieland fans know that, before the idea was turned into a successful film, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick conceived Zombieland as a TV show. At the time, that sounded kind of nuts but after the uber success of The Walking Dead (not to mention the hit status of Ruben Fleischer’s film) the show is finally going to take its original form.

Reese and Wernick just finished shooting the pilot for Zombieland the TV show and, above, you have the first look at the new cast: Little Rock (Izabela Vidovic), Tallahassee (Kirk Ward), Wichita (Maiara Walsh), and Columbus (Tyler Ross).

In other good news, Reese and Wernick told us this weekend how fans can assure that the show, which will debut on Amazon, stays alive. Read More »

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