Subscribers to Amazon Prime can look forward to full seasons of “The Man in the High Castle,” “Mad Dogs” and “The New Yorker Presents” starting the tail end of this year and stretching into 2016. All of the shows will be available exclusively for streaming through Prime Instant Video, like the company’s other shows including “Transparent,” “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Alpha House.”
Each show will add an interesting dimension to the company’s ever-expanding line-up. “The Man in the High Castle” is a show based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name about an alternate-history America where the Axis won World War 2, and got easily the best reviews out of any of the pilots. “Mad Dogs” is a surreal dark comedy about four estranged friends who end up stuck in the middle of a really tough situation. “The New Yorker Presents” is a variety show unlike anything I’ve seen on television recently – it features a mix of short films, interviews, documentaries and readings in one package.
The selections were all fairly safe: the shows Amazon picked featured the least controversial material out of the seven pilots it launched. Amazon passed on “Cocked,” a somewhat raunchy show about a family of gun manufacturers, and “Point of Honor,” a show about a Civil War-era southern family that chooses to free its slaves but still fight on the side of the Confederacy. (Neither pilot was particularly good, so it’s not much of a surprise.)
This is also the first season Amazon didn’t give the go-ahead to a half-hour comedy: the company thankfully passed on the abysmal “Down Dog” and “Salem Rogers.”
Kids also have something to look forward to later this year. Amazon will also be producing two new seasons of programming for youngsters with “Just Add Magic” and “The Stinky and Dirty Show.”