HBO has long been a thorn in the side of streaming media enthusiasts, only licensing its content to be accessed through HBO GO, unlike the Netflix and Amazon Prime models that have become so commonplace in recent years. Now, the pay-cable network struck a surprising Amazon Prime deal to deliver streams of a variety of shows past and present, but don't expect to start that 'Game of Thrones' marathon just yet.
Amazon's John Goodman-led original series, 'Alpha House,' garnered much acclaim during its first season run and even challenged Netflix's premiere model by initially releasing only the first three episodes before transitioning into a weekly release. So far, it's proved successful, and now Amazon has officially given the green light to 'Alpha House' season 2, in addition to series orders for six other programs.
Last year we were somewhat disappointed, if not altogether unsurprised to see that Amazon had rejected the 'Zombieland' pilot in favor to 'Betas' and 'Alpha House,' but the studio's second round of original series has proven much more ambitious. Of five pilots previously made available to stream, Amazon has impressively given series orders to four, including Jeffrey Tambor's critically-lauded 'Transparent,' and 'X-Files' creator Chris Carter's post-apocalyptic drama 'The After.'
Amazon Studios' initial pilot season drew plenty of attention for its concept in letting viewers choose which new series went to production, exciting us all with the concept of a 'Zombieland' continuation, thought the streaming service ultimately opted for the more demure 'Alpha House' and 'Betas.' Round 2 has arrived, as Amazon made available 10 new pilots from the likes of 'X-Files' creator Chris Carter's 'The After' to Jason Schwartzman's 'Mozart in the Jungle'!
It may be a long time coming before Fox Mulder and Dana Scully ever grace the screen for a third installment in the 'X-Files' movie franchise, but series creator Chris Carter is no slouch. Carter has gone deep into working on a follow-up apocalyptic drama pilot to debut on Amazon for its second development season, and we have an epic first look at 'The After' right here!
It's been about a year since we've heard from the proposed 'Barbarella' TV series under ‘Skyfall‘ writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, but at long last the project may have finally gotten off the ground. New reports have emerged that an adaptation of the iconic 1968 Jane Fonda character will land at Amazon Studios on a fast track toward pilot production.
It's been a long time since we heard anything from The CW's potential Wonder Woman prequel series 'Amazon,' the length of which has seen 'Arrow' forming its own likely 'Flash' spinoff while Gal Gadot assumes the role of the Amazonian princess in 2015's 'Batman Vs. Superman,' but it seems the CW's incarnation has been officially grounded.
The efficacy of Netflix's model of releasing entire original series at once has yet to be proven, but it seems Amazon has decided to split the difference when it comes to debuting its first original series 'Alpha House' and 'Betas' over the coming month. Amazon will release several episodes at once before shifting into a weekly format, but when can we see either star-studded effort?
'Arrow' fans and the DC community fanbase at large have barely begun processing the recent news of a Batman/Superman crossover on the big screen, let alone that the Flash will now be introduced in the CW's Green Arrow series, and potentially spun off into his own series. Now, CW president Mark Pedowitz has stepped up to clarify how the Flash will fit into 'Arrow,' what it means for the big screen, and whether or not Wonder Woman is still in the mix.
Amazon proved rather conservative in its initial selection of fan-rated pilots to take to series, choosing only 5 of 17 available offerings to move forward, all either comedies or children's shows. Now, the streaming service has decided to move forward with a pilot production of its first original drama 'Bosch,' based on the Michael Connelly homicide detective novels.