In a fascinating push to introduce democracy to digital streaming, Amazon has released six children’s show pilots and eight comedy pilots for audiences to watch and nominate for development into a full original series. The response so far has been strong: according to Amazon, the pilots made up 8 out of the 10 most watched instant streaming shows this past weekend. Although the pilots are free and easily accessible, eight 25-minute episodes is quite a lot of viewing for all but the most die-hard television fanatics. Luckily, the Flavorwire staff has watched each pilot and is here to help you decide what to watch and rally around. From cartoons to musical comedy, here’s the rundown on Amazon’s experiment with original programming.
‘Tis the season for adapting movies into television shows: A&E made a big splash with its Psycho prequel series Bates Motel, NBC has its Hannibal Lecter series Hannibal on deck for an April 4 debut, and Amazon has just announced its order for a pilot episode of Zombieland, based on the 2009 Jesse Eisenberg/Woody Harrelson movie. With all this activity stewing in the movie-to-TV pipeline, let’s not forget one important fact: with only a few exceptions, most TV shows based on motion pictures sink without a trace. Don’t believe us? Here are ten movie-to-TV adaptations that you probably didn’t know… Read More
1. Instead of that Zombieland sequel that everyone has been talking about, word is that Fox and Sony Pictures Television are developing a “potential half-hour comedy” that’s based on the film. We wonder how much this decision has to do with the runaway success of the second-season premiere of The Walking Dead. [via … Read More
Over the weekend Bill Murray finally confirmed his involvement in the third installment of Ghostbusters — the film that helped to solidify his post-Caddyshack career back in 1984. He’ll be playing the ghost of Dr. Peter Venkman, per his request. Funny enough, this isn’t the first time that Murray has played dead (or some version of it) on screen. So when did the comedic actor become so morbid? … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, fell in love with Regretsy. In fact, we pretended to propose. We discovered that transparency is not always just a buzz word. We listened to Lady Gaga’s leaked track, “Bad Romance.” We found it hard to believe that Zombieland is “perfect date movie.” We liked that St. Vincent is more excited about working with Justin Vernon than she is about being on the New Moon soundtrack. We watched T-Pain auto-tune Obama (and Jimmy Kimmel struggle to intro the segment). We couldn’t fathom walking out on Philip Seymour Hoffman. Ever. And finally we wondered what kind of music we can coax out of our office Wii. Paul Henry Smith and the Fauxharmonic Orchestra better watch… Read More