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Four Amazon Studios Pilots Get Full Series Order (VIDEO)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 31, 2014 at 1:04PM

Of the five pilots Amazon Studios made available for streaming in February, four will get a full first season order. From "Transparent" by Jill Soloway to "Mozart in the Jungle" by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, the lineup reflects the increasing shift of filmmakers to the serialized, streaming content arena.
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Gael Garcia Bernal stars in 'Mozart in the Jungle'
Gael Garcia Bernal stars in 'Mozart in the Jungle'

Of the five pilots Amazon Studios made available for streaming in February, four will get a full first season order. From "Transparent" by Jill Soloway to "Mozart in the Jungle" by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, the lineup reflects the increasing shift of indie filmmakers to the serialized, streaming content arena. (Clips below).

"Mozart in the Jungle" centers on the behind-the-curtain dramas of New York's classical music scene, starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a hot shot conductor, along with Malcolm McDowell, Lola Kirke, Peter Vack and Bernadette Peters. Coppola, Timbers and Schwartzman wrote the first episode, which Paul Weitz ("About a Boy") directed. Exquisitely acted and directed, the pilot on Amazon sings with Coppola's infectious writing. (He cowrote Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Darjeeling Limited.")

Jeffrey Tambor, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffman in "Transparent"
Amazon Jeffrey Tambor, Jay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffman in "Transparent"

Emmy-nominated for her work as a writer and producer on HBO's "Six Feet Under" and nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for 2013 debut feature "Afternoon Delight," Jill Soloway directs Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann and Jay Duplass in "Transparent." It's a touching dramedy about a family whose patriarch (Tambor), while becoming a transsexual, tries to reconnect with his three children.

Also on the docket is "X-Files" creator Chris Carter's "The After," an eight-episode sci-fi series about a group of strangers surviving a post-apocalyptic world. Aldis Hodge and Jamie Kennedy are among the stars. From "Millennium" to "The Lone Gunmen," Carter's "X-Files" spin-offs and other original series have been cult favorites, and eerie "The After" looks to be no exception.

Amazon also picked up "Bosch," a gritty procedural starring Titus Welliver as an LAPD homicide detective working to solve a child killing while standing trial for his own murder of a serial killer. Finally, John Goodman starrer "Alpha House," a comedy about four head-butting Republican congressman, will get a second season.

Read Amazon Studios director Roy Price's Q&A in The Hollywood Reporter. The pilots have now returned to Amazon for Prime Members to stream.

This article is related to: Amazon, Television, Gael García Bernal, Jason Schwartzman, Jill Soloway


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.