Amazon is going the Netflix route adding more original series to its lineup.
Amazon announced two new pilots have been greenlit by its in-house Amazon Studios: “Bosch,” based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch series, and “The After,” from “X-Files” creator Chris Carter.
Both series will be the first hour-long dramas on Amazon Instant Video.
The shows are part of Amazon’s attempt to bring in more content — and viewers — to Amazon Prime Instant Video since adding comedies last April.
More original content from Prime comes on the heels of competitor Netflix’s recent success with its original shows.
Netflix earned 14 Primetime Emmys for its original content earlier this year, winning one Primetime Emmy for political drama “House of Cards.”
Here’s more on the two new shows:
Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch series and written by Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly, Bosch follows a relentless LAPD homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Bosch will be played by Titus Welliver (Argo, The Good Wife) and the pilot will also star Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (The Killing) is producing and Jim McKay will direct.
Written and directed by Emmy-nominee Chris Carter (The X-Files) executive produced by Marc Rosen of Georgeville Television and produced by Gabe Rotter, The After follows eight strangers who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Sharon Lawrence, Jamie Kennedy, Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar, and Louise Monot will star.
The addition of these two hour-long dramas follows news earlier this month of three other half-hour pilots, “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Outlaws,” and “Transparent.”
Unlike Netflix, which releases all episodes of its series at once, season pickup on Amazon is determined according to viewer response to the pilot.
This fall, Amazon will also be releasing what looks like a direct competitor to “House of Cards.” “Alpha House” will be a political dramedy following four senators who live in a rented house in Washington, D.C. The series stars John Goodman, Matt Malloy, Clark Johnson, and Mark Consuelos.
Based on the 2009 Sony movie, the show received many 5-star reviews. — more than any 1, 2, and 3-star reviews combined.
Ultimately, series writer-producer Rhett Reese blamed fans on the show’s failure to get picked up.
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