Amazon Sets 2015 Pilot Season

Amazon will offer seven new original pilots to Amazon Prime subscribers early next year as part of its 2015 pilot season, the company announced Tuesday.

The pilots include one-hour shows Cocked, which follows a  man who leaves his family but returns home 20 years later to help run his family’s gun business; Mad Dogs from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield) about a reunion of underachieving forty-something friends; The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo book of the same name which ponders what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II; and Point of Honor produced by Carlton Cuse (Lost) about Virginia family in the midst of the Civil War who make the controversial decision to defend the South while freeing all of their slaves.

Also on the docket are half-hour pilots Down Dog which focuses on a 30-something yoga instructor whose life turns when he breaks up with his longtime girlfriend; and Salem Rogers, which chronicles the life of a hard-partying former supermodel who is forced to face her past and re-enter the real world after 10 years in a posh rehab center.

Amazon will also develop The New Yorker Presents, a docu-series pilot produced in cooperation with the award-winning magazine.

Amazon will choose which pilots will be greenlit for full seasons based on viewer input

“Our first pilot season of 2015 brings some of the greatest storytellers in the business to Amazon customers with works of novelty and passion," said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios in a statement. "We’re very excited by these shows and look forward to getting customers’ reactions next year.”

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