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Amazon orders original series 'Transparent', 'Bosch,' 'The After', 'Mozart in the Jungle'

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Amazon Studios, the company that develops original content for the streaming entertainment arm of Amazon.com, has ordered four of its original pilots to series, Variety reports. They chose two drama series and two comedy series out of 10 pilots made available on the site last month for viewers to watch and vote for. Shows that got enough support would become series.

The two drama pilots are Bosch, based on Michael Connelly's novels about Los Angeles Police Department homicide investigator Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch, starring Titus Welliver (Deadwood, The Good Wife) as the title character. (Connelly, a bestselling author, has lived in Tampa for about a decade.) And The After, written and created by The X-Files creator Chris Carter, which follows eight strangers who have to help each other survive in a violent world.

Then there are two comedies: Mozart in the Jungle, based on a memoir by Blair Tindall set in the world of classical music, and Transparent, a family dramedy that also happens to be one of the best episodes of anything we've seen all year.

In Transparent, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann, Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light play a Los Angeles family with "serious boundary issues" that have to deal with a big life change in Tambor's character. (I won't spoil it, but it's a wonderful twist.) It's remarkable how much ground the pilot covers in just 30 minutes in terms of character development, while also managing to be sweet and funny and engaging. These fictional people feel lived in. It helps that the show is written and directed by Jill Soloway, who worked on Six Feet Under, so it has that same intimacy and understanding of sibling relationships, something that's underexplored on TV these days.

You should be able to watch all 10 pilots here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2:31pm]

    

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