Amazon Prime: 5 New Original TV Shows Coming in 2016
Amazon Prime is launching several new original series in 2016 to join the latest seasons of critically acclaimed favorites like Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle. Here’s a look at at five new Amazon comedies and dramas that will premiere online over the next year:
1. Mad Dogs, January 22
The hour-long thriller takes place during the reunion of four college friends (Steve Zahn, Michael Imperioli, Romany Malco, and Ben Chaplin) who now are in their 40s and at very different places in their lives. They are brought together for an exotic vacation to celebrate the early retirement of their wealthy friend Milo (Billy Zane). But the party quickly becomes a nightmare of deception, lies, and murder, and the four are eventually forced to question whether they can really trust each other. The first episode is available to Prime users now, while the rest of the season will become available next year.
The upcoming legal drama stars Billy Bob Thornton as a “down-and-out lawyer who seeks redemption.” His one shot depends on getting justice in a legal system where truth has become a commodity, and the scales of justice have never been more heavily weighted toward the rich and powerful. The series is described as “the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st-century American legal system.” William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello, and Molly Parker co-star in the show, which was co-written by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) and Jonathan Shapiro (The Practice). The series was green-lit for a 10-episode order, bypassing the streaming service’s pilot process. It’s expected to premiere sometime next year.
3. Woody Allen series
Early this year, Amazon announced that the acclaimed director would create a new show for its streaming platform. No details about the contents of the series have been released, other than it will be a half-hour long and that Allen will write and direct episodes. In May, the director revealed that he regretted signing on for the project, as progress has been slow. But it seems things picked up soon after, as Amazon Studios head Roy Price later stated that scripts for the first season are “just about done” and that the show is expected to start production in early January, with a premiere later in 2016.
4. Jeremy Clarkson motoring series
Top Gear‘s Clarkson and former cohorts Richard Hammond and James May signed on for a new motoring show on Amazon in August. The new car show is still unnamed, but has been pre-emptively green-lit by the streaming service for three seasons. The project will be produced by Top Gear‘s longtime executive producer, Andy Wilman. According to Amazon, the show is expected to premiere in fall of 2016.
5. Sneaky Pete
The Bryan Cranston-produced drama stars Giovanni Ribi as a con man, who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself and discovering a family life he’s never had. The pilot episode of Sneaky Pete became available on Amazon Prime in August, and the show has since been picked up for a full season, which will be available later in 2016.