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Amazon eyes Netflix with latest TV show pilots

Retailer has 10 more shows on trial
Fri Feb 07 2014, 11:38
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ONLINE RETAILER Amazon is testing 10 TV show pilots that might turn into full-fledged series at on-demand streaming service Lovefilm.

Amazon has been here before and made pilots for such TV shows as a Zombieland spinoff. It is following the lead of outfits like Netflix where homegrown output like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black have won critics' plaudits and TV industry gongs.

There are 10 shows, and five are aimed at adults while five are aimed at kids. Adults get a mix of mystery, drama, comedy and one about sex, drugs and Mozart, and kids get Wishenpoof!, Hardboiled Eggheads and Maker Shack Agency, which will teach them how to make kid empowering gadgets.

You can watch them now, if you have Lovefilm or an Amazon Prime account. We can tell you that we had a quick look at the kids' shows, and at least one includes a cartoon giraffe that can swim underwater.

More rooted in reality, perhaps, is Bosch, which is a crime drama about a cop who is looking to find a killer while waiting to stand trial for killing another killer. That sounds, um, killer.

Most interesting looking, and the pilot that might take up our lunchtime, is something called The After. This hour-long mystery show comes from X Files creator Chris Carter and is about eight strangers trying to make sense of a violent world.

The After, which is free to watch at Lovefilm in the UK, has a number of positive reviews already, and many viewers have awarded it four or five stars.

Amazon has requested feedback on its pilots, this can be done where you view them or at Amazonoriginals.com.

"With our previous set of pilots,customers submitted thousands of reviews within the first few days and more than 80 percent of those reviews were [four] and [five] stars," said director of Amazon Studios Roy Price.

"We collaborated with some of the very best creators in Hollywood-and even some new comers that submitted their show through our open door process-to bring customers a wide array of top-quality shows. This season we have something for everyone with a mix of comedy, drama and kids programming - we can't wait to hear what customers think." µ

 

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