Amazon is once again asking for viewers' help in deciding which of their new pilots will make it to series. The streaming service will debut 13 new pilots for consideration via Amazon Instant Video in the U.S., U.K. and Germany on Thursday, Jan. 15.
Of the 13, six are aimed at children, including four animated pilots--Buddy: Tech Detective, The Stinky & Dirty Show, Sara Solves It and Niko and the Sword of Light--and two live action projects, Table 58 and Just Add Magic.
The remaining seven include four hourlong projects from talented TV veterans like Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain), two half-hour comedies, and a docu-series.
Details about each pilot can be found below:
Cocked: Created by Samuel Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan), Cocked stars Sam Trammell (True Blood) as Richard Paxton, a family man and corporate lap dog who left his family in rural Colorado 20 years before and vowed never to go back. After some unfortunate circumstances, he is forced to leave the big city and return home to help his family's gun business — one of the oldest in the country. His older brother Grady, played by Jason Lee (My Name is Earl), isn't so happy to have him back, and Richard's liberal wife and two opinionated teenage children are horrified by the world they have been thrown into.
Down Dog: Blessed with good looks, a winning smile, hippie parents, and a Southern California upbringing, life has been relatively easy thus far for Logan Wood (Josh Casaubon, I Just Want My Pants Back). In his late 30's, having coasted through romances with countless women and various random jobs, he now teaches yoga to the trophy wives, hot moms and aspiring celebrities of Santa Monica and Venice Beach. But when Logan and his current girlfriend, a successful and attractive older woman named Amanda (Paget Brewster, Criminal Minds) who happens to be the owner of the yoga studio, break up, life starts to get more complicated. Lyndsy Fonseca (Nikita), Will Greenberg (Halt and Catch Fire), Andrea Savage (The Life and Times of Tim), Amir Talai (American Dad), Kris Kristofferson (Lone Star), and Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) also star. Created by Robin Schiff of Are You There, Chelsea?
Mad Dogs: Based on the hit U.K. series, Mad Dogs is an hour-long dark comedy created by Cris Cole (The Bill), and is executive produced by Cole, Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Marney Hochman (Last Resort). The series follows the twisted reunion of a group of underachieving forty-something friends--a mixture of single, married and recently divorced--who are all at different crossroads in their lives. Mad Dogs is a twisted tale of friendship put to the ultimate test. As an inconceivable chain of events unfolds, cracks within the group widen before the friends realize that the only people they can trust are each other, the last people they want to be relying on. The pilot stars Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club), Billy Zane (Twin Peaks), Romany Malco (Weeds), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Ben Chaplin (The Truth About Cats and Dogs).
The Man in the High Castle: What would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II? That's the question at the center of this project,based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history of the same name. Almost 20 years after that loss, the United States and much of the world has now been split between Japan and Germany, the major hegemonic states. But the tension between these two powers is mounting, and this stress is playing out in the western U.S. Through a collection of characters in various states of posing (spies, sellers of falsified goods, others with secret identities), The Man in the High Castle provides an intriguing tale about life and history as it relates to authentic and manufactured reality. The hour-long dramatic pilot stars Alexa Davalos (Mob City), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), Rupert Evans (The Village), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat Legacy), Joel De La Fuente (Hemlock Grove), Rufus Sewell (Eleventh Hour) and DJ Qualls (Z Nation). The project hails from producers David Semel (Madam Secretary), Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), and David W. Zucker (The Good Wife).
The New Yorker Presents: America's most award-winning magazine comes to life in this half hour docu-series pilot. From Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), it features Tony-Award winner Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and actor Brett Gelman (Go On) in a short film based on a story by Simon Rich (Saturday Night Live), a poem by Matthew Dickman and narrated by Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spiderman); a documentary by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), and more.
Point of Honor: At the start of the Civil War, a Virginia family, led by their West Point bred son, John Rhodes (Nathan Parsons, True Blood), makes the controversial decision to defend the South while freeing all of their slaves. At battle against his northern brethren and his best friend and brother-in-law Robert Sumner (Christopher O'Shea, Baby Daddy), John leaves his three strong-willed sisters at home to run the plantation that is now without a free labor source. The choice to protect the life they have always known and defend the moral high ground will pit the family against one another and test their strength, courage and love. The hourlong dramaalso stars Annabelle Stephenson (Revenge), Riley Voelkel (The Newsroom), Hanna Mangan Lawrence (Old School), Patrick Heusinger (Revolution), Luke Benward (Ravenswood), Adrienne Warren (Black Box), Lucien Laviscount (Supernatural), and James Harvey Ward (Low Winter Sun). The pilot was written by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and directed by Randall Wallace (Braveheart).
Salem Rogers: Leslie Bibb (Popular) stars in this half-hour comedy as Salem Rogers, an overly confident, blunt, hard-partying former supermodel who is forced to face her past and re-enter the real world after ten years in a posh rehab center. Intent on recreating her glamorous lifestyle and modeling success, she tracks down Agatha (Rachel Dratch, Saturday Night Live), her former assistant who has since built a career as an author of self-help books to help her win back the spotlight. Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Brad Morris (Playing House), Harry Hamlin (Mad Men), Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors), and Scott Adsit (30 Rock) also star.
Buddy: Tech Detective: Based on an original idea by Chris Dicker (What's Your News?) and created by Jon Burton (The Lego Movie), Dicker and Jocelyn Stevenson (Fraggle Rock), and developed for television by Jennifer Hamburg (Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Henry Hugglemonster), thispreschool whodunit follows super-sleuth Buddy, his inventor best friend Trudy, the funny furry ferret Ferdo and you, the smarty-pants viewer! Using a myriad of interactive technologies, Buddy and his team gather evidence, follow cues and crack the case.
Sara Solves It: This animated musical from Carol Greenwald (Arthur, Curious George), and Angela C. Santomero (Blue's Clues, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood) follows 9-year-old whiz kid Sara and her younger brother Sam as they work together in order to solve mysteries in their apartment building, at school and beyond using creative problem solving. Each mystery is an interactive problem, steeped in musical goodness. In this first episode, viewers will use math and music in a creative way as they help Sara and Sam solve the cheesiest pizza mystery!
The Stinky & Dirty Show: Based on the I Stink! book series by Kate & Jim McMullan, this pilot follows the adventures and mishaps faced by best friends and unlikely heroes, Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty, the backhoe loader. Whether it's rescuing their pal Mighty the tugboat, or moving a giant boulder blocking the highway in their town of Go City, Stinky & Dirty are a dynamic duo of resourcefulness who make plenty of mistakes along the way. For them, hilariously failing turns out to be the most fun path to success.
Niko and the Sword of Light: The pilot, based on a motion graphic comic, follows a ten-year-old named Niko who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past. Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Jim Cummings (Shrek) lend their vocal talent.
Table 58: In Table 58, they're not a part of the popular crowd, and they're not a part of the geek crowd. The only thing they're a part of is Table 58: the odd table in the lunchroom, made up of kids from all different cliques who have been ousted from the table where they seemingly belong. When new kid Logan moves to town, he rallies the group of six mismatched middle schoolers to form a tenuous partnership in order to help each other get back to their rightful place in the cafeteria. The project stars Grace Kaufman (Bad Teacher), Johnnie Ladd (Melissa & Joey), Jacob Melton (The Middle), Nathaniel Potvin (Girl Meets World), Juliana Rigolioso (The Smurfs), and Zack Shires (Wilfred). The single-camera live-action pilot was written by May Chan (Phineas & Ferb) and directed by Gil Junger (10 Things I Hate About You, Greek).
Just Add Magic: Based on Cindy Callaghan's young adult book of the same name, the story centers on Kelly Quinn and her two BFF's, Darbie and Hannah, who stumble upon her grandmother's mysterious cookbook in the attic and discover it has some interesting recipes. The Shut'em Up Shortcake actually silences Kelly's pesky little brother and when the Healing Hazelnut Tart quickly heals Darbie's ankle, the girls discover they have the power of magic. The single-camera live-action project stars Olivia Sanabia (Extant), Abby Donnelly (Suburgatory), Aubrey Miller (Austin & Ally), and Judah Bellamy (Home). Just Add Magic hails from writers Joanna Lewis & Kristine Songco (Fairly Odd Parents, My Little Pony), and was helmed by Joe Nussbaum (George Lucas in Love, Awkward).