The pilot — written, created and directed by Chandrasekhar, who also stars — will bow later in 2014 as part of Amazon Studio’s third pilot season, from which the e-commerce company will pick full series to greenlight for the Prime Instant Video service. “Really” joins dramedy “The Cosmopolitans” from Whit Stillman and hour-long drama “Hand of God,” starring Ron Perlman in the pilot wave.
“Really” is billed as an honest, behind-the-curtain look at the psychological and emotional complexities of marriage, and the charged dynamics of a tight-knit group of friends in the Chicago suburbs. Pilot is being produced by Main Street Films’ Craig Chang and Harrison Kordestani.
“At Amazon Studios, we’re always looking for shows with distinctive voices and captivating characters that our customers won’t see anywhere else on TV,” Amazon Studios director Roy Price said. “From the moment we read the script we knew that Really is one of those shows, and we think Amazon customers will really — pun intended — enjoy viewing the pilot later this year.”
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Added Main Street Films chairman Craig Chang, “Jay’s script stays true to the humor that his fans know and love him for, and Amazon as the distribution platform will no doubt allow a whole new audience to be introduced to him.”
“Really” centers on four hard-charging suburban Chicago couples trying to hold on to their receding youth. The pilot stars Chandrasekhar as Jed, with his wife played by Sarah Chalke. Cast also includes Selma Blair, Travis Schuldt, Hayes MacArthur, Collette Wolfe, Luka Jones, Lindsay Sloane and Rob Delaney.
“‘Really’ is meant to be a sophisticated, funny, strikingly honest cable comedy for adults,” Chandrasekhar said. “We’re going to talk honestly about subjects including sex, alcohol, addiction, drugs, race and politics. Good fun.”