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Old 08-28-2014, 08:25 AM   #1
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5 new Amazon Instant Video pilots begin today

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/w...lots/14650869/

A remarkable collection of actors and directors.

Red Oaks - A coming-of-age comedy set in the "go-go" 80s about a college student enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end--and the future begins. Produced by Steven Soderbergh.
Starring:Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser

Hand of God - A psychological drama about a morally-corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice.
Starring:Ron Perlman, Dana Delany

The Cosmopolitans - A dramatic comedy about a group of young American expats in Paris searching for love and friendship and an ocean of distance from their past.
Starring:Chloe Sevigny, Adam Brody

Hysteria - An investigative thriller about a haunted young doctor who is summoned back to her hometown to investigate an epidemic that may be linked to social media - and her own tragic past.
Starring:Mena Suvari, T.R. Knight

Really - A funny, honest, behind-the-curtain look at the psychological and emotional complexities of marriage and the charged dynamics of a tight-knit group of friends grasping on to what's left of their youth.
Starring:Brittney Alger, Sophia Bui
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:36 PM   #2
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The Cosmopolitans - A dramatic comedy about a group of young American expats in Paris searching for love and friendship and an ocean of distance from their past.
Starring:Chloe Sevigny, Adam Brody
I'll give them all a try except this utter garbage heap. How do I know it's crap, you ask? Chloe Sevigny, I answer.
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:15 PM   #3
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I'll give them all a try except this utter garbage heap. How do I know it's crap, you ask? Chloe Sevigny, I answer.
The reviews are good:

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/t...new_shows.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathan...welcome-drink/

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...28-column.html

There are only a few votes on IMDB but it's currently rated 9.2.
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I like Chloe Sevigny, and she's the reason I will try it. So there.
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:25 AM   #5
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I like Chloe Sevigny, and she's the reason I will try it. So there.
She is first rate actress in my opinion. I don't know whether this show will be worth a hoot but I will watch the pilot and give it a chance.

I did start Hand of God, haven't finished it yet, but will finish it later today.
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:08 AM   #6
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She is first rate actress in my opinion. I don't know whether this show will be worth a hoot but I will watch the pilot and give it a chance.

I did start Hand of God, haven't finished it yet, but will finish it later today.
She only has a guest role...
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:49 PM   #7
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I watched Hysteria. IMO the premise is somewhat farfetched, but I liked it OK and I'd watch a second episode if it became available. It's set in Austin, and I know my way around that place a bit, so that's a plus for me.
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She is first rate actress in my opinion. I don't know whether this show will be worth a hoot but I will watch the pilot and give it a chance.

Agreed. I never cared much for her TV roles but she was excellent in "Shattered Glass".
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Agreed. I never cared much for her TV roles but she was excellent in "Shattered Glass".
I liked her in Big Love and the one where she was a transsexual hit person, Hit & Miss.
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Old 09-01-2014, 07:48 PM   #10
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Only 3 interested me:

Hand of God - Hooked. So hope it makes it.


The Cosmopolitans - Yuck. Wanted to like it but I was glad when my phone rang in the middle of it.


Hysteria - Not terrible. I was turned off by Mena Suvari but the pilot was interesting.
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I finished Hand of God and can't imagine it will make the cut but if it does, I will give it a few more episodes, it has potential. I will try the others soon.
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:17 PM   #12
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I watched Hysteria and liked it. I'll need to check out Hand of God. Nothing else seemed to interest me.
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:15 PM   #13
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I watched all 5.

Only one I would continue to watch is Hand of God.
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Old 09-02-2014, 04:58 AM   #14
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I watched all five. Red Oaks had its moments. I didn't care for the two dramas or the other two comedies.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:18 AM   #15
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I liked her in Big Love and the one where she was a transsexual hit person, Hit & Miss.
A nice shoutout to an excellent series (Hit & Miss). I was really disappointed that it only lasted one season.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2232345/?ref_=nv_sr_1
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:45 PM   #16
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We tried The Cosmopolitans, but we aren't sure if we liked it or not. Didn't really seem to have a plot, just some random storylines. We aren't sure if there is going to be more to it or if it's just going to be an artsy show following these people around.

We did like the Paris skyline (my wife studied abroad in Paris in college, we did our honeymoon there) and the French language and references (my wife's degree is in French).
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We tried The Cosmopolitans, but we aren't sure if we liked it or not. Didn't really seem to have a plot, just some random storylines. We aren't sure if there is going to be more to it or if it's just going to be an artsy show following these people around.



We did like the Paris skyline (my wife studied abroad in Paris in college, we did our honeymoon there) and the French language and references (my wife's degree is in French).
I studied French for 7 years so really wanted to like the show because of the setting as well.
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I didn't read anything about this series of pilots. Are we supposed to vote somehow? Will only one of the five make the cut?
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I didn't read anything about this series of pilots. Are we supposed to vote somehow? Will only one of the five make the cut?
I also couldn't find a voting option after watching a few days ago. Today, Amazon sent me an email asking me to vote.

In the last batch, more than one went to production. I think it is based on ratings, and is not strictly a rank order with x winners.
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I went to www.amazon.com/originals and voted there. Although I guess it's actually a survey.
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Old 09-04-2014, 04:57 AM   #22
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Does this mean that none of the last batch of pilots made the cut? Because the first time I remember voting, several of the series came out (John Goodwin's, that one about the tech startup). After the last batch, nothing. Now there's a new batch. Did I miss a anything here?
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Does this mean that none of the last batch of pilots made the cut? Because the first time I remember voting, several of the series came out (John Goodwin's, that one about the tech startup). After the last batch, nothing. Now there's a new batch. Did I miss a anything here?
http://deadline.com/2014/03/four-ama...n-hold-697645/

Amazon is officially an original drama series player. A month after Amazon Studios uploaded five pilots — two dramas and three comedies — for users to watch and comment on, the company has quietly notified the auspices of four of them that they are being picked up to series. That includes Amazon’s first dramas: The After from Chris Carter, marking The X-Files creator’s return to series television, and Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly’s Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. Newly picked up half-hour comedy series include Gael Garcia Bernal starrer Mozart In The Jungle, from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz, and Jill Soloway’s semi-autobiographical Transparent. Amazon’s fifth pilot, comedy The Rebels, from Ice Cube and Michael Strahan, is being put on hold. Five pilots yielding four series represents a much higher batting average than Amazon’s first pilot season, when it tested eight comedy pilots, picking up two — Alpha House and Betas — to series. Of them, Alpha House has been quietly renewed for a second season to begin film in July, while Betas will not be returning. (UPDATE: Amazon says no final decision on Betas has been made yet.)
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:15 PM   #24
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I mostly watched them all. I quit watching Cosmo half way thru. yuck

I quit watching Hysteria with about 5 minutes left. I realized I just didn't care about what was happening.

I liked the other 3 shows and would probably watch more of them. I have such a backlog of stuff to watch though. Chances are I would never watch any of them.
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Nobody's mentioned the Tick revival? It sounds like they're doing 1 for sure?
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I think I liked Red Oaks more than other people here did - I found it had that Caddyshack vibe. Based on just the pilot, it's hard to tell if it would be able to sustain itself as a funny show. Still, I like the general world and characters they created. It's better than a lot of other sitcoms that are getting greenlit on network television.

When the end credits rolled on The Cosmopolitans, I was very confused. I turned to my fiancee and asked her what the hell just happened. I found the characters insufferable and the show totally pointless as a whole.

I really want to check out Hand of God - that's next on my list. Curious about Hysteria, too, given some of the feedback here, but I wasn't initially. Overall, these shows seem much better than their last batch of pilots.

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i tried to watch Hand of God via my Tivo Premiere amazon app. Couldn't find it. I'm NOT a Prime subscriber. Are these only viewable via 3rd party boxes like Tivo if you have Prime? or was I just not finding it?

Note that i understand these are normally available via Prime, but since these pilots are open to all, and i can watch them online, i figured you'd be able to see them on the other boxes' apps too.
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When Amazon continues a series, does it end up "free" on Prime?

Hand of God, the only one I tried, was watchable.
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