×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Amazon Studios Adds Thriller ‘Hysteria’ From Shaun Cassidy to Next Pilot Wave

Show joins pilot slate that includes 'The Cosmopolitans,' 'Hand of God' and Civil War-era drama 'Point of Honor'

Amazon Studios announced hour-long contagion thriller “Hysteria,” created by Shaun Cassidy and starring Mena Suvari, will join its third pilot season later this year.

The show is written by Cassidy, a former pop star whose TV production credits include “Invasion.” He serves as exec producer alongside Adam Schroeder, Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bryan Zuriff and director Otto Bathurst. “Hysteria” is produced by Amazon Studios, Universal Television and Alcon Television Group.

Other pilots Amazon Studios has in the works for its third bake-off later in 2014, which invite viewer feedback to help determine which to greenlight into full series, are: dramedy “The Cosmopolitans” from Whit Stillman; drama “Hand of God,” starring Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”) and directed by Marc Forster (“World War Z”); and “Point of Honor,” a Civil War-era drama from ABC Studios written by Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Randall Wallace.

“Hysteria” follows a girls’ competitive dance team in Austin whose members are stricken with a psycho-physiological illness that manifests itself in violent fits and spasms — and appears to spread via social networks. Suvari (“American Beauty”) plays neurologist Dr. Logan Harlen, who returns to her hometown to investigate the case.

Pilot also stars James McDaniel (“Orange Is the New Black”), Josh Stewart (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Adan Canto (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Laura San Giacomo (“Saving Grace”) and T.R. Knight (“Grey’s Anatomy”). Cast includes Ella Rae Peck and Jenessa Grant, with guest stars Jason Douglas, Heather Kafka, Asjha Cooper and Evie Thompson.

Cassidy’s script “immediately hooked us,” Amazon Studios director Roy Price said. “Shaun is known for creating shows with layers of mystery, depth of character and topical themes.”

Added Cassidy, “I can think of no better platform than Amazon to tell a story that explores the price of fear and the very real threat of viral connection becoming contagion.”

Amazon Studios last fall launched its first two original series, comedies “Alpha House” (starring John Goodman) and “Betas.” The company this summer is bowing its first three kids’ originals — “Tumble Leaf,” “Creative Galaxy” and live-action “Annedroids” — and has ordered six more full series, including supernatural drama “The After” from Chris Carter (“The X-Files”) and cop show “Bosch.”

Amazon’s original series are available exclusively to the e-retailer’s Prime members through Prime Instant Video.

Popular on Variety

More Digital

  • Illustration of the video streaming company

    Netflix Q3 Preview: The Calm Before the Streaming-Wars Storm?

    Wall Street is expecting Netflix to hit or slightly beat subscriber and financial targets when it reports third quarter 2019 results on Wednesday after market close. But then what? Debate among analysts continues to rage about what will happen to Netflix’s market-leading position once it’s facing big new rivals in Disney Plus and Apple TV [...]

  • countdown

    Apple Takes Down Viral 'Countdown' Horror App, STX Brings It to Android Instead

    An app that can predict the date and time of your death may have been too much for Apple to stomach: The iPhone maker removed a viral app inspired by the upcoming horror movie “Countdown” a few days ago, putting an end to its meteoric rise. Before its removal, “Countdown” had surpassed TikTok, YouTube and [...]

  • daydream view

    Google Ships Pixel 4 Without Daydream VR Support, Stops Selling Daydream Viewer

    Google is effectively phasing out its Daydream virtual reality (VR) platform: The company’s latest flagship Pixel 4 flagship phone, which Google unveiled at a press event in New York Tuesday, won’t support Google’s Daydream mobile VR platform anymore, a spokesperson confirmed to Variety. The company will also stop selling the Daydream viewer, but continue to [...]

  • Google Wifi

    The New Google Wifi Ships in Three Colors Because Good-Looking Routers Work Better

    When Google revamped its Wifi router product, it extended the devices reach and doubled their speed, while also adding a full-blown smart speaker with Google Assistant. But the company paid just as much attention to Google Wifi’s design, down to the decision to ship the product in three colors. The surprising reason for this: Google [...]

  • Nest Mini

    Google Introduces New $49 Nest Mini Speaker With On-Board Machine Learning, Stereo Pairing

    Google introduced a revamped version of its entry-level smart speaker at a press event in New York Tuesday: The new $49 Nest Mini speaker effectively replaces its Home Mini predecessor with bigger sound, a built-in machine learning chip for faster responses, ultrasound for proximity detection and the ability to pair 2 speakers for inexpensive stereo [...]

  • Google Stadia Game Streaming Service Launching

    Google’s Stadia Game Streaming Service Will Launch Nov. 19

    Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh gave us an update on the company’s game streaming service Stadia during the company’s fall hardware event in New York Tuesday: Stadia will be available to the public on Nov. 19. Stadia promises to stream games directly from the cloud, with no need to buy a full-blown game console. Consumers [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content