Amazon Gives ‘Mad Dogs’ a Full Season
The dark comedy series “Mad Dogs,” whose pilot episode was released by Amazon last January, is getting full season. The show belongs to the streaming site’s third batch of new series offerings. Read on for more about this news story.
As announced on Deadline, “Mad Dogs” is one of five shows that has been picked for a full season by Amazon after its subscribers at Amazon Prime voted on the pilot episode. The other picks include the drama “The Man in the High Castle,” the documentary series “The New Yorker Presents” and two programs catered for younger viewers. The choices are part of Amazon’s third pilot season, where over a dozen of new programs were presented for its subscribers to pick.
“Mad Dogs,” an adaptation of a British show created by Cris Cole, has generated good feedback from critics and subscribers alike. The American version is created by Shawn Ryan, who is credited for creating some of the best shows in the last decade like “The Shield” and “Terriers.”
“Mad Dogs” is centered on a group of middle-aged male friends who are invited by their rich pal in Belize. While there, a series of unfortunate incident takes place. It’s a story that is rooted in deception, resulting in a brutal murder. The show stars Steve Zahn, Ben Chaplin, Michael Imperioli, Romany Malco and Billy Zane. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the pilot episode was directed by Charles McDougal, whom Ryan has already worked before.
In a previous interview with HitFix, Ryan said that the series will deviate from its original source by the fifth episode, citing that there’s a big difference between American and British men, hence the changes are warranted.
Ryan also disclosed that the plan is to have 10 episodes for the first season, but pitches for Seasons 2 and 3 have already made with Amazon executives. The original UK version, which aired on Sky 1, ran for four seasons, with only fourteen episodes in total.
Ryan also expressed appreciation about working on a platform offered by Amazon, as their system allows for more creative aspects to really come together.
“The nice thing about the Amazon process is that because the pilot is definitely going to air you have to finalize all music, sound, credits, etc.., which means you get to deliver it exactly the way you want, unlike all other pilots, where sound, music and credits are often temp,” he said in the interview.
Catch the full season release of “Mad Dogs” on Amazon Instant Video later in the year.
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