The two series, selected from Amazon’s third wave of pilots released in August, are slated to bow on Amazon Prime Instant Video in 2015. In addition, Amazon Studios has ordered additional scripts of Whit Stillman’s “The Cosmopolitans,” a half-hour comedy set in Paris, to further “explore the series.”
“We are excited to get working on full seasons of ‘Hand of God’ and ‘Red Oaks,’” said Amazon Studios VP Roy Price. “These shows come from some of the most talented creators in the business.”
“Hand of God,” the TV debut of filmmaker Marc Forster (“Monster’s Ball,” “Finding Neverland,” “World War Z”). The dramatic thriller stars “Sons of Anarchy”’s Perlman and “Body of Proof”’s Delany (pictured, above). Show centers on Judge Harris (Perlman), a hard-living married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. Forster, scribe Ben Watkins, Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King are exec producers, and Jillian Kugler is co-executive producer.
“Red Oaks” is produced by Soderbergh (“Behind the Candelabra,” “Traffic”) and directed by David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express,” “Eastbound and Down”). Comedy stars Craig Roberts (“Submarine”) as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985 along with Jennifer Grey (“It’s Like, You Know”), Richard Kind (“Luck”), Oliver Cooper (“Californication”), Paul Reiser (“Mad About You”), Alexandra Socha, Gage Golightly and Ennis Esmer. Written by Gregory Jacobs (“The Knick”) and Joe Gangemi (“Stonehearst Asylum”), who exec produced with Soderbergh and Green.
Amazon earlier this year greenlit six series: “Transparent” from Jill Soloway, which bowed last month, along with “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Bosch,” “The After” and children’s series “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street” and Wishenpoof!” In addition, it picked up a second season of political comedy “Alpha House” from Garry Trudeau, slated to premiere Oct. 24 on Amazon Prime Instant Video.