Amazon’s ‘Mad Dogs’ to Launch Jan. 22 for Prime Members

Amazon Mad Dogs premiere date
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Amazon’s new original dark comedy “Mad Dogs” will launch Friday, Jan. 22 on Prime Video, premiering in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria.

“Mad Dogs,” based on the U.K. series of the same name, follows the reunion of a group of longtime, forty-something friends — a mixture of single, married and recently divorced, all seemingly at crossroads in their lives. Steve Zahn, Michael Imperioli, Billy Zane Romany Malco and Ben Chaplin star.

Shawn Ryan, Marney Hochman, Andy Harries, Suzanne Mackie, Charles McDougall and Cris Cole, who created the original series, are exec producers. The series hails from Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures TV.

“’Mad Dogs’ explores what happens when four college friends go on an exotic vacation that shockingly descends into a harrowing roller coaster that tests their mettle, their friendships and their very sense of identity,” said Roy Price, vice president of Amazon Studios. “The show has a fantastic cast and is led by Shawn Ryan. We look forward to customers’ reactions.”

 Ryan commented: “I loved working on a comedic, albeit dark, story like Mad Dogs and know that the performances by Steve, Michael, Romany and Ben will resonate with all who have had longtime friendships that evolve and change as the years go on.”

Per usual with freshman Amazon projects, the pilot episode is already available for Prime members to watch, before all 10 episodes are released on Jan. 22.

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  1. Elliot Blair says:

    How is it original if it’s based on another program?

    • Mike M says:

      It’s not original at all, that’s a marketing fabrication. Worse by far, it’s not even “based on”. The US pilot is 90+ percent identical throughout to the UK pilot shot several years ago. That pilot and the three seasons of the show that followed star four of the biggest male actors in UK TV; John Simm, Philip Glenister, Marc Warren and Max Beesley. The US pilot is very good (it’s Ryan after all), but the UK one was even better.

      But Amazon can’t just stream that series and claim to have created something wonderful, so they remade it, so now they can. Television production 2015; if if hasn’t been made before it can’t be original today. No, I have no idea how that makes for a long term basis for quality programming either.

      • IRI says:

        Perhaps you can ask Mad Dogs, creator based on the British series by Cris Cole, who also created and produced the American version.

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