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Amazon Studios Scraps Series Order for Chris Carter’s ‘The After’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Amazon Studios has dropped its series order for the Chris Carter drama “The After.”

Amazon ordered the show to series last March, along with five other projects, after getting strong viewer feedback to the pilot that debuted on Amazon Prime last February.

Amazon would not elaborate on why the series was tabled but offered a statement from Roy Price, veep of Amazon Studios. Only the pilot was produced.

“We have decided to not move forward with ‘The After,’ ” said Price. “We would like to thank Chris Carter, the phenomenal cast, crew and producers for all their efforts.”

The pilot produced last year featured a large ensemble cast including Adrian Pasdar, Sharon Lawrence, Jamie Kennedy, Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Sam Littlefield, Louise Monot and Jaina Lee Ortiz. It first aired on the Amazon Prime platform in February.

Amazon gave “The After” a platform as part of its presentation at last summer’s Television Critics Assn. press tour. The drama revolved around eight strangers forced to survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Carter, creator and exec producer of “The X-Files,” said at TCA that he was using Dante’s “Inferno” for inspiration.

Amazon’s most recent original series entry, the comedic drama “Mozart in the Jungle,” has been generally well received by critics. And the Jeffrey Tambor starrer “Transparent” helped put Amazon Prime on the pop culture map last year thanks to the critical raves for the Jill Soloway dark comedy about a family man who comes out as transgender.

The netcaster ramped up its series efforts for Amazon Prime in late 2013 with the comedies “Alpha House,” which was renewed for a sophomore season,  and “Betas,” which was not.

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