The pilot for Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle deviated in several major respects from Philip K. Dick‘s original novel — about an alternate timeline in which Germany and Japan won WWII, and occupy divided United States territory — but it’s a good hour of television, and a very promising start to the series. Evidently enough people saw it that way, and the show was ranked highly enough for Amazon to order it to series. Along with The Man in the High Castle series order came some other orders, which we’ll run down below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
The current season of Amazon original shows offers up another debut series later this month, when Mozart in the Jungle begins streaming on Amazon Prime. The show, from creators Paul Weitz, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, adapts the memoir by Blair Tindell. The story follows dynamic young conductor Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) as he shakes up a major New York City symphony orchestra. Rodrigo has a nonconformist style and a demanding approach to conducting… and he also seems to have conversations with Mozart. There’s more than that — some sex, some power struggles, and potential new personalities as Rodrigo cleans house in the orchestra — all of which is shown to some degree in this Mozart in the Jungle trailer. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Earlier this year Amazon posted a new round of ten pilots, offering viewers the chance to check them all out before voting on ones they liked best. Five of the pilots were aimed at kids, with the other five geared towards adults. Now four of the five “adult” shows have been ordered to series. Two are particularly notable: the new Chris Carter show The After, and Transparent, in which Jeffrey Tambor plays a father who reveals a truth about his own life, and in so doing really changes the family dynamic.
Also getting orders are Bosch, and Mozart in the Jungle. Details on each is below. Read More »