Amazon Prime, which I already gave $99 to so I can watch Bosch, will be delivering five more newly greenlighted series between now and 2016, including The Man in the High Castle based on the novel by Philip K. Dick.
“Amazon customers made The Man in the High Castle the most watched pilot ever,” says the press release.
I was very impressed with the pilot —
[The Man in the High Castle is] an alternate history in which the Allies lost World War II. The production is highly atmospheric, smeary, hazy and dingy as if fogged by doubts about its own reality.
The first installment establishes a tangled, Dickian web of conspiracy, fear and lies – ironically, made a bit more science fictional by its faithfulness to the technology of 1962, in which surveillance cameras are not everywhere, the TV does not look back at you, and counterespionage forces have to go knock on doors (or heads) to find things out.
Executive produced by Ridley Scott, The Man in the High Castle pilot was scripted by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) and stars Luke Kleintank and Alexa Davalos.
Four other Amazon Original Series just approved for production are an hour-long dark comedy Mad Dogs; docu-series The New Yorker Presents; and two kids shows, Just Add Magic and The Stinky & Dirty Show.