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Amazon ‘Sneaky Pete’ Drama From Bryan Cranston to Premiere in 2016

Amazon Studios announced that its latest original series pickup, con-artist drama “Sneaky Pete” from executive producer Bryan Cranston, will debut exclusively on the Prime Video service next year.

As previously reported, Amazon greenlit “Sneaky Pete,” which stars Giovanni Ribisi, just weeks after launching the pilot free on the site Aug. 7 for viewer feedback. Amazon has ordered 10 episodes of the hour-long show. “Sneaky Pete,” a co-production with Sony Pictures Television, originally was in development at CBS.

The “Sneaky Pete” creative team includes executive producers Cranston, David Shore (“House”), Erin Gunn (“Battle Creek”) and James Degus (“All the Way”). The pilot, which features a guest appearance by Cranston, was directed by Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses”) who also executive produces the show.

“We are excited to bring to Amazon’s customers a new compelling series headlined by Giovanni Ribisi from the minds of David Shore and Bryan Cranston,” said Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios.

Ribisi plays a con man named Marius, who upon leaving prison assumes the identity of his former cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and becomes roped into the clan’s bail bond business — where he’s tasked with hunting down criminals. Amazon users have given the pilot 4.7 out of 5 stars (higher than the pilot for Emmy-winning “Transparent,” which has 4.4).

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Along with Ribisi, “Sneaky Pete” also stars Marin Ireland (“Side Effects”), Margo Martindale (“The Millers”), Peter Gerety (“Prime Suspect”), Libe Barer (“Parenthood”) and Shane McRae (“Still Alice”).

“Sneaky Pete,” like Amazon’s other recent originals, will be available in 4K Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) formats on compatible smart TVs. The series will be available to Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan.

(Pictured above: Marin Ireland and Giovanni Ribisi.)

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