According to Deadline, Amazon has just ordered pilots for three really cool-sounding shows in hopes of finding its next big hit. That’s normally not news, since networks (or whatever Amazon is) do this all the time. But these shows are kind of different
The first, Carnival Row, comes from Guillermo del Toro, who will produce along with Travis Beacham, Rene Echeverria, and Gary Ungar. The show is based on an eleven-year-old spec script by Beacham called A Killing on Carnival Row, which takes place in the version of the future that looks like 18th Century London and is filled with people and a bunch of wacky creatures who must contend with a serial killer. So it’s about as Guillermo del Toro as possible.
On the other side of the spectrum, Amazon also ordered a pilot for Gilmore Girls’ Amy Sherman-Palladino’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which is way easier to explain. It’s about a 1950s housewife who becomes one of the first lady standup comedians. That’s probably going to be a slam dunk.
Less flashy name-wise, but perhaps more up my alley is Micah Fitzerman-Blue’s The Legend of Master Legend, a half-hour show based on real life superheroes Master Legend and the Ace, his sidekick.
Amazon actually greenlit two other pilots that aren’t quite as exciting. One, Tropicana, is all about a pre-revolutionary nightclub in Cuba. The other, Strange New Things, is a love story about an English pastor who travels into space, far away from his wife for some reason. Both of these shows could end up being great, I should add. But, c’mon. Neither sound as cool as monsters, Amy Sherman-Palladino wit or real life superheroes, right?