Amazon Unveils Spring 2017 Pilots

by Devon Thomas  |  03.02.2017

Amazon has announced five series that will make up its spring 2017 pilot season. All five pilots will debut on March 17 for Amazon customers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria, and Japan, according to The Wrap.

The streamer determines which shows it will pick up for full season orders through this initiative which heavily relies on viewer feedback from Amazon users.

There are three half-hour series: The New V.I.P.’s, Amazon’s first animated comedy about a group of lowly co-workers who mistakenly murder their boss and take control of a large company; The Legend of Master Legend, a dark comedy about a homemade Las Vegas superhero from the executive producers and writers of Transparent and starring the actor John Hawkes; and 1980s marijuana comedy Budding Prospects.

Amazon’s two hourlong shows include: Oasis, a thriller which focuses on a chaplain sent into space to establish a colony on a distant planet, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a drama about a 1958 housewife who becomes a stand-up comedian, which was written and directed by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will star Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) while Oasis stars Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones) and Haley Joel Osment.

“Pilots continue to be the best way to take risks, find voices and evolve the art form of television,” Joe Lewis, Amazon Studios’ head of comedy, drama, and VR, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to another Amazon Pilot Season and more great customer feedback.”

In Amazon’s Fall 2016 pilot season, the media giant ultimately picked up all three comedy pilots that it showcased: Jean-Claude Van Johnson, The Tick and I Love Dick.

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