Despite generally positive reviews, Amazon cancelled their series Good Girls Revolt less than two months after it premiered. Stories of behind-the-scenes trouble with Amazon’s former head of drama and comedy were cited as the death knell for the series, along with poor viewership. Now a newly released report reveals just how poor that viewership was.
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More often than not, TV show pilots aren’t made available to the public until the show has been picked up as a series. But Amazon has bucked tradition and taken to uploading their completed pilots to Amazon Prime Video for everyone to see. This enabled audiences to provide feedback into which pilots they might want to see nab a full series order. But those days may be numbered. Amazon is now considering nixing that idea entirely, and hiding their pilots away the way a miser hides his riches. The era of Amazon pilots might be over.
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The Man in the High Castle, Amazon’s adaptation of a short story by Philip K. Dick, debuted a new clip from season 3 at NYCC today. It reveals the continuing complex mythology of the series, full of multiple worlds. Watch the Man in the High Castle season 3 NYCC clip below.
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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: the rise of political television in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency.)
It started with Nazi symbols strewn across public transportation and billboards across D.C. and New York. No, it wasn’t the alarming rise of anti-Semitic vandalism that had skyrocketed in the first three months of the Trump administration. It was advertising The Man in the High Castle, the dystopian Amazon series based off the 1962 Philip K. Dick novel set in an alternate 1960s where the Axis powers won World War II.
And it was just the beginning in a recent surge in “newly relevant” and timely TV shows that took on new meaning after the election of Donald Trump to the White House. The Man in the High Castle kicked off a spate of fictional TV shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale and American Gods, whose stories were conceived long before the White House was even a glimmer in Trump’s eye. But these science-fiction and fantasy stories, at first cautionary or highly theoretical tales, now take on an eerie prescience as fiction and reality collide on the small screen.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Angie Han
At a time when its premise feels more chillingly relevant than ever, The Man in the High Castle will keep on fighting the good fight against Nazi oppression. Amazon has renewed the Philip K. Dick adaptation for a third season, just a few weeks after the second one hit streaming. Not only that, the series has found new leadership in Eric Overmyer (Bosch, The Affair), who’ll step up as showrunner. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
America’s future is looking awfully murky right now, so why not enjoy a look back at our past? Not our actual past, though — a horrifying alternate version of our past in which the Allies lost World War II, leaving America to be taken over by Japan and Germany. Yep, The Man in the High Castle is on its way back to Amazon Video for season two, and we’ve got the new trailer right here. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The most impressive visual effects are the visual effects you never notice, and television is quickly becoming home to a ton of visual effects you never notice. While some shows get to show office massive CGI dragons, others use computer effects to modify skylines, extend sets, and quietly manipulate environments so they look like another time and place. We recently saw this kind of seamless effects work at work in ABC’s Agent Carter, but a new video explores how Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle uses the same technology to create a far different and more terrifying world. It seem that if computers are good for anything, it’s for crafting Nazi-run science fiction dystopias.
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Today Amazon announced they’re renewing their new hit series, The Man in the High Castle, for a second season. It’s not Amazon’s only show to find success, and they’ve announced what popular shows will be renewed and what they’ve ordered for next year.
After the jump, find out what the Amazon orders and renewals are.
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Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
We’re drowning in fall TV as it is — this week alone marks the premieres of The Leftovers, Homeland, The Flash, iZombie, Arrow, American Horror Story, and more — but don’t expect the deluge to let up anytime soon. Case in point: This November brings the premiere of The Man in the High Castle, Amazon’s Ridley Scott-produced adaptation on the Philip K. Dick novel.
The drama is set in an alternate 1962 where the Axis powers won World War II. A San Francisco woman (Alexa Davalos) comes into possession of a film reel depicting a world where the Allied powers were victorious, which inspires some very dangerous ideas. Luke Kleintank and Rufus Sewell also star. Watch The Man in the High Castle trailer after the jump. Read More »
Amazon is taking viewers to an America run by Nazis. The streaming service has moved forward with a series adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s novel The Man in the High Castle, which depicts North America in the wake of an Axis win during World War II. In the story, land west of the Rockies is occupied by the Japanese; east of the Rockies belongs to Germany. The characters are drawn from all corners of the scenario: resistance fighters, people just trying to make their way in the world, German and Japanese officials, and spies.
Now there’s a new Man in the High Castle trailer, showing off some of the fresh footage for episodes beyond the pilot. Read More »