Amazon finds Hysteria for Hand of God

Amazon has launched its third pilot season by releasing two new drama pilots.

Hand of God follows Judge Harris, a hard-living law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart.

It stars Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, Garret Dillahunt, Andre Royo, Alona Tal, Julian Morris, Elizabeth McLaughlin, and Emayatzy Corinealdi.

Written by Ben Watkins, it is executive produced by Watkins, Marc Forster, Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King. Jillian Kugler is co-executive producer. Amazon Studios produces.

The second drama pilot, Hysteria, sees members of a girls’ competitive dance team stricken with a strange, psycho-physiological illness that manifests itself in violent fits and spasms and then begins spreading in the community through technology.

Set in Austin, Texas, the cast includes Mena Suvari, James McDaniel, Josh Stewart, Adan Canto, Laura San Giacomo, and TR Knight.

Writer Shaun Cassidy executive produces with Adam Schroeder, Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bryan Zuriff, and Otto Bathurst. Amazon Studios produces with Universal Television and Alcon Television Group.

Subscribers to Amazon Prime Instant Video can watch the pilots and viewer feedback will help determine whether they receive full season orders.


Longmire checks out of A&E

Crime thriller Longmire has been cancelled by US cable network A&E after three seasons.

A statement from A&E said:

We would like to thank the phenomenal cast, crew and producers of Longmire, along with our partners at Warner Horizon, for their tireless work on three seasons of quality dramatic storytelling. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together.

The series, based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by Craig Johnson, tells the story of a Wyoming sheriff played by Robert Taylor.

The cast also includes Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley.

Longmire is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television. Greer Shephard, Michael M Robin, Hunt Baldwin, and John Coveny executive produce.



Rectify lands third season on SundanceTV

SundanceTV’s original drama series Rectify has won a third season.



Written by Ray McKinnon, the story follows a man, played by Aden Young, who is released from prison after spending nearly two decades on death row.

Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein of Gran Via Productions executive produce.

Season three of Rectify will air on the cable channel in 2015.

FX lines up Freak Show

FX has confirmed details of the fourth installment of its anthology series American Horror Story, which will debut later this year.



American Horror Story: Freak Show is set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1952, when the arrival of a troupe of curiosities coincides with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike.

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong, and Brad Buecker executive produce for Twentieth Century Fox Television.

It will debut in the US on October 8.This is the fourth installment of the anthology, following American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Asylum, and American Horror Story: Coven.Here’s a teaser for the new season:

AMC reloads Halt and Catch Fire

AMC is loading a second season of computer drama Halt and Catch Fire.

Halt and Catch Fire

Halt and Catch Fire

The series captures the rise of the PC era in the early 1980s, focusing on four characters attempting to innovate against the changing backdrop of technology and Texas’ Silicon Prairie.

It is produced by AMC Studios, it was created by Chris Cantwell and Christopher C Rogers. The executive producers are Cantwell, Rogers, showrunner Jonathan Lisco, and Gran Via Productions’ Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein.

It will return to the cable channel next summer.Halt and Catch Fire is distributed internationally by Entertainment One.

NBC shelves Emerald City

NBC has cancelled its Wizard of Oz drama Emerald City before it has aired.



The network had placed a ten-episode straight-to-series order for the show, based on the Frank L Baum books that inspired the classic film.

It was to be produced by Universal Television. Writer Matt Arnold and Josh Friedman were executive producers.