Amazon has emerged in the last year as a new source of quality television in the style of Netflix. The site has earned some prestige and notoriety with its most successful Prime series, “Transparent,” which is nominated for two Golden Globes on Sunday. Amazon does not show any signs of slowing down in 2015. In fact, in a press release the site announced it will premiere the pilots of a whole new slate of series on Jan. 15.
Here is a list of the new shows coming to Amazon in 2015:
“Cocked,” from “Lie to Me” creator Sam Baum, is an hour-long dark comedy about Richard Paxon, played by “True Blood” vet Sam Tremmell, who returns to his family in Virginia after leaving decades earlier and vowing never to return. The series also stars Jason Lee (“My Name is Earl”), Brian Dennehy (“The Good Wife”) and Laura Fraser (“Breaking Bad”).
This hour-long series follows the reunion of a group of under achieving, middle-aged friends who reunite in Belize to celebrate the retirement of another more successful friend. The series stars Steve Zahn (“Sahara”), Billy Zane (“Twin Peaks”), Romany Malco (“Weeds”) and Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”).
“Man in the High Castle”
The hour-long alternate history drama imagines a world where the Allies lost World War II and Germany and Japan took control of most of the world. Based on the novel by Phillip K. Dick, the series stars Alexa Davalos (“Mob City”), Luke Kleintank (“Pretty Little Liars”), Rupert Evans (“The Village”) and DJ Qualls (“Z Nation”).
“Point of Honor”
This Civil War-era drama follows a Virginia man, John Rhodes (Nathan Parsons of “True Blood” fame), as he decides to fight for the South in the war while also supporting the end of slavery.
This half-hour comedy follows a yoga instructor, played by Josh Casaubon of “I Just Want My Pants Back,” whose life is altered when he breaks up with the older woman who owns the studio.
Starring Leslie Gibb of “About a Boy,” “Salem Rogers follows the title character as she tries to regain her former supermodel fame after a years-long stint in rehab. The series also stars “Malcolm in the Middle” actress Jane Kaczmarek.
“The New Yorker Presents”
This documentary series will feature various segments inspired by the popular and provocative publication, such as a short film starring Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”).
Netflix will also release four children’s series on Jan. 15, including “Buddy: Tech Detective”, “The Stinky & Dirty Show,” “Sara Solves It,” “Niko and the Sword of Light,” "Table 58" and "Just Add Magic."
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