Sunday, June 24, 2012

Amazon Studios selects the first TV shows it will develop

Amazon Studios, which recently made a big announcement in terms of the movie side of's production house, has announced the first projects it is picking up on the TV side of things, choosing three comedies and one children’s show.

These are the first projects to reach the Amazon Studios Series Development Slate.

Last month, Amazon Studios announced that it was searching for comedies and children's shows. Amazon Studios is supposed to generate original programming for Amazon's Instant Video service. Until now, its efforts have focused on short and feature-length films (including the now-Clive Barker-helmed “Zombies vs. Gladiators" feature-length film project).

The series projects are:

The 100 Deaths of Mort Grimley – A man kills himself, then is forced to become an avatar of Hell, with the duty to get a special list of 100 people to commit suicide in his stead, or else be damned to spend all of eternity next to his cruel, smothering mother. Animated.

Magic Monkey Billionaire - When their magician owner dies after winning the lottery, Rabbit and Monkey are shocked to learn that he left his money to happy moron Monkey and donated evil genius Rabbit to a 2nd grade class. In each episode, Rabbit hatches a plan to steal Monkey's billions. Animated.

Doomsday - A mockumentary about the supposed end of the world. Unclear if animated or not.

Buck Plaidsheep – A courageous critter from Fleecy farm, who’ll face any danger and solve any problem. Armed with a variety of vehicles, Whether it be a jet pack, rowboat, hang glider or even a jeep, He always has the best vehicle to get the job done. Not specified, but would seem to be animated.

Although at least three of the above are animated, only "Buck Plaidsheep" is a kids show. You can consider the others to be something along the lines of "Family Guy" or "The Simpsons."'s Instant Video service is looking to compete with other streaming video services, such as Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu (and Hulu Plus). The number of videos the company offers still lags behind Netflix, which is considered the gold standard of video streaming, despite its issues.

These four projects haven't seen a pilot produced yet. That is, according to Amazon Studios' roadmap for series, the next step.

As with mainstream series being developed in the traditional manner, even a pilot doesn't guarantee a series ever "airs." We'll have to wait and see if these series proposals make it to Amazon Instant Video - or not.

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