Amazon takes flight with new pilots

Amazon Studios has unveiled details for its first pilot season of 2015, including a US adaptation of UK series Mad Dogs.

Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios

There are four new dramas among the seven pilots, which will launch on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany next year.

Viewers will again have their say on which should be given full season orders.

Cocked, created by Sam Baum and Sam Shaw, stars Sam Trammell as a family man and corporate lap dog who left his family in rural Virginia 20 years before and vowed never to go back. But after some unfortunate circumstances, he is forced to leave the big city and return home to help his family’s gun business. The cast also includes Jason Lee, Brian Bennehy, Laura Fraser, and Dreama Walker, while Erwin Stoff, Shaw, and Baum are executive producers.

Mad Dogs, based on the UK series, follows the twisted reunion of a group of underachieving 40-something friends – a mixture of single, married and recently divorced – who are all at different crossroads in their lives. The pilot stars Steve Zahn, Billy Zane, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, and Ben Chaplin. It is created by Cris Cole, who executive produces with Shawn Ryan, Marney Hochman, Andy Harries, Suzanne Mackie, and Charles McDougall. Sony Pictures Television is coproducing.

Mag Dogs UK

Mag Dogs UK

The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K Dick’s novel, considers what would have happened if the Allied powers had lost World War Two. It stars Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joel De La Fuente, and DJ Qualls. Writer Frank Spotnitz executive produces with David Semel, Ridley Scott, and David W Zucker, with co-executive producer Jordan Sheehan of Scott Free Productions, and executive producers Stewart Mackinnon and Christian Baute of Headline Pictures. Isa Dick Hackett executive produces and Kalen Egan is co-executive producer for Electric Shepherd, with executive producer Christopher Tricarico.

The final drama pilot, Point of Honor, is set at the start of the Civil War when a Virginia family makes the controversial decision to defend the South while freeing their slaves. It stars Nathan Parsons, Christopher O’Shea, Annabelle Stephenson, Riley Voelkel, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Patrick Heusinger, Luke Benward, Adrienne Warren, Lucien Laviscount, and James Harvey Ward. Writers Carlton Cuse and Randall Wallace executive produce with Barry Jossen. ABC Signature Studios coproduces.