The series, based on Michael Connelly’s bestselling “Harry Bosch” books, stars Titus Welliver (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Argo”) as the titular LAPD homicide detective. As with its other originals, “Bosch” will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime subscribers on Prime Instant Video in the U.S., the U.K. and Germany.
“We had a very strong response to the pilot from our customers and, after years of anticipation from the fan community, we are delighted to launch the complete first television season of Michael Connelly’s classic works of L.A. noir,” Amazon Studios VP Roy Price said in a statement.
It’s been a busy week for Price and the Amazon Studios team: On Tuesday Amazon inked a pact with Woody Allen, who will create and direct his first TV show for the Internet company. That came after the studio’s original series “Transparent” from Jill Soloway won a Golden Globe for best TV musical or comedy and series star Jeffrey Tambor won for best actor in a TV comedy.
Meanwhile, Amazon Studios earlier this month canceled its order for supernatural thriller “The After” from Chris Carter (creator and exec producer of “X-Files”). That would have been another of its first one-hour dramas.
“Bosch” was developed for TV by Eric Overmyer (“Treme,” “The Wire,” “Homicide: Life on the Streets”) and exec produced by Overmyer, Connelly and Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (“The Killing,” “Burn Notice”), a Red Arrow Entertainment Group company.
The series is primarily based on elements from Connelly’s books “City of Bones” (2002), “The Concrete Blonde” (1994) and “Echo Park” (2006). In the series, Hollywood detective Harry Bosch works to solve the murder of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court for the murder of a serial killer.
“I am very pleased with season one,” Connelly said in a statement. “We have been extremely loyal to the character and city in the books. I think anybody who likes Harry Bosch on the page is going to like him on screen too. Titus Welliver is perfectly cast and viewers are going to be drawn to him whether they’ve read the books or not.”
Cast of “Bosch” also includes Jamie Hector (“The Wire”), Amy Aquino (“Being Human”), Lance Reddick (“Fringe,” “The Wire”) and Annie Wersching (“24,” “Extant”), along with Sarah Clarke (“24”) and Jason Gedrick (“Luck”). Guest stars include Scott Wilson (“The Walking Dead”) and Troy Evans (“ER”).
Other Amazon original series slated to debut in 2015 are “Hand of God” from Marc Forster and Ben Watkins; “Red Oaks” from Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green, Greg Jacobs and Joe Gangemi; and children’s series “Wishenpoof!” from Angela Santomero and Out of the Blue Enterprises; and a second season of “Transparent.”
In addition, the studio on Jan. 15 will launch 13 pilots — including dramas from Shawn Ryan, Carlton Cuse and Frank Spotnitz and six kids’ shows — which will in the running to be greenlit into full series based in part on audience feedback.