It’s pilot season, but unlike the pilots that the average television network reviews in private before making series runs, an unlikely source is giving viewers the chance to examine their offerings and determine what gets a potential season order. Amazon has 14 television programs as part of its inaugural “pilot season.” Amazon has ordered 8 adult shows and 6 children’s programs, and impressively, none of the projects seem to be B-list or syndicated television shows.
Instead, Amazon has followed the Netflix route and produced some high-quality A-list television shows, or at least attracted A-list talent. Among the notables in Amazon’s crop of pilots are John Goodman, Jeffrey Tambor, and Bebe Neuwirth in front of the cameras and writers from The Daily Show and the Jim Henson Company as creators and behind-the-camera talent.
“There’s no automatic or mechanistic way that will influence the choice of which shows get a series order, but we’ll put it all together and figure out what story it’s telling and it will play a major role in deciding which shows get ordered,” says Amazon Studios director Roy Price. ”We’re trying to develop or find shows that will be popular with Amazon customers, so who better to ask than Amazon customers themselves.”
The programs, if picked up, will get 13-episode seasons with episodes being about 22 minutes in length (the length of an average sitcom without commercials). The shows are available for watching at Amazon’s Instant Video page. The episodes are expected to be made available for Amazon Prime customers (and those willing to pay to download the episodes), assuming any shows get picked up from this batch.Technorati Tags: amazon, amazon instant video, amazon pilots, amazon studios, amazon studios creates 14 tv pilots, amazon television, amazon tv pilots, roy price, television, television pilots, television seasons on amazon, tv