Amazon has been playing a different game with its streaming services up to now. In 2010, which was its first year, Amazon Studios poruced many pilots and put them online to see the reaction given by the audience and made pickup decisions based on that.
Only a few shows survived that pickup session and only John Goodman’s comedy Alpha House lasted more than a year. Lately, though, Amazon is on the rise with the likes of Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Bosch and The Man in the High Castle. The studio added Woodey Allen and Miley Cyrus’ Crisis in Six Scenes and Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi to its portfolio while renewing Transparent for another year. Three more shows are coming from Amazon: the adaptation of The Tick, Jean Claude Van Damme’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson and I Love Dick Kevin Bacon & Kathryn Hahn dramedy. These shows will all have full pilot seasons for Amazon Prime subscribers to watch.
Joe Lewis, Head of Half-Hour Series at Amazon Studios made the following statement about the subject:
“These pilots were vast in scope, disruptive in tone, challenging in story and sometimes even funny. It’s rewarding to see customers embrace them in such a huge way. We can’t wait to premiere these series next year on Prime Video.”