The morning after its showing at the Golden Globes, Amazon talks up new shows
The morning after Amazon Prime’s big showing at 73rd Golden Globes, it was business as usual for the streaming service.
Amazon Studios head Roy Price addressed reporters bright and early Monday for the Amazon’s panels at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. And, understandably, he was quite the morning person.
The streaming service scored two trophies Sunday night for “Mozart In the Jungle” -- TV series, comedy or musical and actor in a comedy or musical for Gael Garcia Bernal.
“Mozart In the Jungle,” which follows a conductor of a fictional New York Symphony, kept Amazon in the conversation following the streaming service’s turnout last year when “Transparent” was recognized. Not only was the Jill Soloway series Amazon’s first-ever Golden Globe award, it also became the first online series to ever win a best series award, comedy or drama at the annual awards show.
“Transparent” was also among the nominees Sunday night. The dramedy was up for TV series, comedy or musical category, and stars Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light were nominated in the acting categories.
“Before we get started, I want to say how proud we are of Gael [Garcia Bernal], Jeffrey [Tambor], Judith [Light], everyone behind ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ and ‘Transparent,’” Price told reporters on Monday, just hours after celebrating the wins. “Five Golden Globe nominations and two wins last night. It’s gratifying and exciting to get this recognition and win in the category of Best Comedy and Best Actor in a Comedy two years in a row. So, good night.”
Amazon is hoping its good fortunes continue with its slate of originals that are unveiled this year.
It has “Mad Dogs,” from “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan, launching Jan. 22. Ryan and his partner, Marney Hochman, have teamed up with British writer and producer Cris Cole for the drama, which is based on a British series about four middle-aged friends on a vacation in Belize that goes terribly awry. It stars Michael Imperioli, Steve Zahn, Ben Chaplin, Romany Malco and Billy Zane.
“They’ve created a delicious blue-sky adventure to take all of our Amazon Prime customers away from the winter doldrums,” said Morgan Wandell, who heads up the TV drama division for Amazon.
Amazon next rolls out an unscripted series from the New Yorker magazine. Episodes, which will combine short scripted narrative films, comedy, poetry, animation, along with documentary and unscripted material, will be released beginning Feb. 16 in the weekly pattern—with two hitting the streaming service each week.
Producer Alex Gibney said the intent is to pay homage to the diversity of the magazine.
“The intent is to celebrate the eclecticism of the magazine and also to do what [New Yorker Editor and Executive Producer] David Remnick does so brilliantly in the magazine, which is to take these extraordinarily talented people and to rather than have, you know, a kind of monochromatic vision, to celebrate the voices of these extraordinarily talented people, but in this case filmmakers rather than print journalists,” Gibney told reporters.
In addition to new seasons of returning series “Bosch” and “Catastrophe,” Amazon will also see the addition of Woody Allen’s first TV project, and the upcoming Billy Bob Thornton-led legal drama from producer David. E. Kelley.
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