Amazon.com is set to debut a new half-hour dramedy, "Really," (that's its name, not our assurance) in its third pilot season.
The series delves into the complexities of marriage and the "charged dynamics" among a close group of friends living in Chicago, according to an announcement from Amazon Studios. The series is written, created and directed by Jay Chandrasekhar ("Super Troopers").
“'Really' is meant to be a sophisticated, funny, strikingly honest cable comedy for adults,” Chandrasekhar said in a statement. “We're going to talk honestly about subjects including sex, alcohol, addiction, drugs, race and politics. Good fun.”
"Really," from Main Street Films, stars Chandrasekhar, along with Sarah Chalke ("Scrubs"), Selma Blair ("Anger Management"), Travis Schuldt ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") and Lindsay Sloane ("Psyche"). Jaime Tarses ("Happy Ending") will serve as executive producer.
It joins a roster that so far includes fellow half-hour dramedy "The Cosmopolitans" from Whit Stillman and hourlong drama “Hand of God,” starring Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”) and helmed by Marc Forster (“Monster’s Ball,” “World War Z”), along with the recently announced Civil War-drama "Point of Honor"from "Lost" show runner Carlton Cuse and Randall Wallace.
The latest wave of series contenders are slated to come out later this year as part of the e-retailer's third pilot season. As has become the modus operandi with Amazon, public feedback will help determine which pilots are turned into full series that will be available on Prime Instant Video.
“At Amazon Studios, we’re always looking for shows with distinctive voices and captivating characters that our customers won’t see anywhere else on TV,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “From the moment we read the script we knew that 'Really' is one of those shows, and we think Amazon customers will really (pun intended) enjoy viewing the pilot later this year.”
Last year, Amazon Studios launched its first two prime-time series "Alpha House" and "Betas" in a bid to capture some of the glory of online programming enjoyed by Netflix. Earlier this year, the Internet retailer order six pilots to full series, including a new series from "X-Files" creator Chris Carter titled "The After."
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