Amazon Ordered Some Pilots from Jason Schwartzman, Jeffrey Tambor, and More

October 3, 2013


Just as Netflix is becoming the new television model of offering original shows you can watch all in a row, Amazon is becoming the new Netflix, where you can do that but also buy a horse mask or whatever. The company is currently in production on several series they first debuted as pilots back in April, but they're not wasting any time on their next round of potential things to binge watch. Here are the three new pilots they're setting up for production:

What could make you care about classical music, besides suddenly developing highbrow tastes? The answer: drug parties and orgies, obviously. So Amazon is going to show you the sordid underbelly of orchestral performance with Mozart in the Jungle, based on oboist Blair Tindall's memoir of "Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music." The pilot comes written by Jason Schwartzman, Oscar-nominated writer-director Roman Coppola, and Tony-nominated writer and director Alex Timbers.

Or if you still don't care about classical music, how about football? Do you like football? Because this next show is about football. It's The Outlaws, from writers Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach. The official release describes it as being "all about the ins and outs of a professional football team from the perspective of both the players and the back office." Maybe we'll at last understand the complex psyche of the lonely placekicker.

Finally, from Six Feet Under and United States of Tara writer Jill Soloway--who just won a directing award at Sundance for her feature debut, Afternoon Delight--there's Transparent. The show is said to be "a darkly comedic story about an LA family with serious boundary issues," and the pilot comes with the family already in place, with Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass attached to star. In case the new season/movie of Arrested Development doesn't pan out, we now have a back-up for enjoying Jeffrey Tambor: Dysfunctional California Family Patriarch. Phew.

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