Key renewals include the David Gordon Green and Steven Soderbergh-produced “Red Oaks,” “The Man in the High Castle” and “Hand of God,” while five pilots from Amazon’s most recent season have been ordered to series. The inventive comedy “Highston,” the Zelda Sayre-focused period piece “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” the ensemble period drama “Good Girls Revolt,” the quirky spy thriller “Patriot” and Tig Notaro’s lovely personal dramedy (produced by Louis C.K.) “One Mississippi” all have been given the green light for Season 1.
In addition to this slew of renewals and series orders, Amazon will have one more original series coming in 2016. David E. Kelley’s much-anticipated about legal drama, “The Trial,” marks the first series to get the go ahead from Amazon without going through the public pilot process. Starring Billy Bob Thornton, the series has yet to be given a release date (as is the case with all of the aforementioned shows).
The only project from Amazon’s most recent pilot season not to get the go-ahead was Shane Black’s “Edge,” a western that just so happened to get the lowest grade of the lot when Indiewire reviewed each entry in November.
Perhaps the most surprising pickup is “Red Oaks,” a series that received at least a few excellent reviews, but fails to have garnered much buzz since its release. Of course, like its fellow streaming services, Amazon doesn’t release viewership data, so perhaps the delightful ’80s comedy is getting the many eyeballs it deserves. That, or Amazon wants to remain in business with the likes of Soderbergh, Green and creators Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi.