Legacy Renewed Season 2, Inside No. 9 In Works – Deadline
Amazon Freevee, the ad-supported streaming service, unveiled a series of renewals, unscripted orders and developments following its rebranding from IMDb TV.
The company unveiled the service’s new name in early April, and it went live at the end of the month. He unveiled the news at his NewFronts publicity event in New York.
Bosch: Legacy, Amazon’s spin-off of the long-running crime series has been renewed ahead of its premiere with Lauren Anderson, who is co-head of content and programming alongside Ryan Pirozzi, teasing potential plans for even more series in the Bosch universe. He also renewed the docu-series produced by LeBron James-exec Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Pioneers for a third and fourth season.
In addition to a short-term movie deal with Disney, the streamer has placed series orders in unscripted formats America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation and Crushed Play-Doh, the Sarah Hyland-hosted series that originally launched as a holiday drama special, YA Beyond Black Beauty and a Post Malone musical documentary. He is also developing a remake of the BBC series Interior No. 9.
“The profession has evolved [over the last 12 months]”, Anderson told Deadline. “When we were thinking about where we were last year versus where we are now, on the originals side, we were really talking about a lot of development and we mostly had acquisitions. Now we move on to the shows, whether On springs with Greg Garcia or High school of Plan B. We have tripled our monthly active users during the time we have overseen the business and it has been truly satisfying to see customers reacting so positively to both our original and licensed content. .
Pirozzi added that the momentum around ad-supported streaming, which is now on the minds of rivals such as Netflix and Disney, has “accelerated”. “Free is a great price,” he added. “Lauren, I and our team have really worked to improve the type of content in front of a paywall.”
BOSCH: THE HERITAGE
Bosch: legacy will launch on Amazon Freevee on May 6, but the drama series, which stars Titus Welliver, received a second season ahead of its premiere. The series follows Welliver as retired homicide detective turned private eye Harry Bosch as he embarks on the next chapter of his career. Lawyer Honey “Money” Chandler (Mimi Rogers) struggles to maintain her faith in the justice system after surviving an attempted murder, and Maddie Bosch (Madison Lintz) discovers the possibilities and challenges of being a patrol rookie on the streets of Los Angeles.
Bosch ran for seven seasons on Amazon’s Prime Video service and Pirozzi said one of their challenges was figuring out how to make the first season of the spinoff rather than season eight of Bosch. “We’re excited to be creative,” he said.
The spin-off is produced by Fabel Entertainment and produced by Michael Connelly, Eric Overmyer, Tom Bernardo, Henrik Bastin, Pieter Jan Brugge and Titus Welliver.
“It’s about doubling down on a franchise that’s been running for a long time,” Anderson added. She said the original’s “strong and loyal” audience partly gave her the confidence to order a second season ahead of its premiere.
She added that they were delighted with Connelly’s prolificacy and that Bosch: legacy could be one of many spinoffs. “We are absolutely exploring other partnerships with Michael Connelly because who wouldn’t and why not you and so we’re thrilled to have Bosch and hopefully many more things to do with Michael in the future,” she said.
Amazon Freevee renewed Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Pioneers for two more seasons and ordered a new series America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation as well as a complete series order for Crushed Play-Doh.
America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation is a new series of unscripted competitions that will see contestants working in the kitchens of ATK studio, enduring intense culinary and media challenges in the job interview of their lives. The Last Cook Standing will receive a starring role on ATK. The series is produced by David Nussbaum, Jack Bishop, David Lonner and Mark Itkin.
The order marks the first step of service in the kitchen area. “Fans of cooking competitions are going to love this one,” he said.
Crushed Play-Doh, which launched as a holiday special in December, returns as a full series. Sarah Hyland hosts and executive produces the series, which originates from eOne and Amazon Studios. It features three teams of four family members and/or friends who compete in a series of physical and creative challenges.
Allison Berkley and Briana Vowels serve as showrunners and executive producers while Tara Long and Will Erb produce for eOne
Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Pioneers launched in February 2021, following a new mecca for high school athletics just outside Los Angeles. The series has now been picked up for seasons three and four. The third season will follow the Trailblazers as they put everything on the line to regain their place as CIF 22 champions. Amari Bailey, Shy Odom, Bronny James and Dylan Metoyer return, with Kijani Wright, Isaiah Elohim and Mike Price as new additions to the list. It comes from executive producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter, through their Uninterrupted brand. Jamal Henderson, Devin Johnson and Philip Byron also serve as executive producers alongside showrunner/director Brendon Carter and co-EP Camille Maratchi.
Finally, tattooed pop star Post Malone is getting his own music doc on the service. Post Malone: running away will tell the story of his first-ever arena tour in 2019. The doc, which is Freevee’s second original film, features exclusive behind-the-scenes access, live performances, and interviews. It comes from Pulse Films and Federal Films. It was created by Hector Dockrill, written and produced by Sam Bridger and Casey Engelhardt and produced by Dr. London, Austin Rosen and Bobby Greenleaf.
BEYOND BLACK BEAUTY
Freevee commissioned a comedy-drama based on the novel Black Beauty. The coming-of-age YA series follows Jolie Dumont, an equestrian with Olympic aspirations whose journey is suddenly cut short when her mother, Janelle, moves them from their posh life in Belgium to Janelle’s childhood home in Baltimore. . Jolie struggles to find roots, but as she bonds with an equally feisty horse named Black Beauty, she learns to embrace the family ranch, where black cowboys have been ingrained in their DNA for more than a century. century.
The series hails from Amazon Studios, Sinking Ship Entertainment and Leif Films and is produced by Pilar Golden, Leif and Agnes Bristow, JJ Johnson and Carla de Jong.
INTERIOR NO. 9
An American remake of the BBC anthology series Inside No. 9, created by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, is in the works at Freevee.
Each episode of the dark comedy series, which features horror tropes, is joined by the number nine and a brass hare statue, but otherwise they are standalone episodes. Gemma Arteton, Tamsin Greig, Jack Whitehall, Jessica Raine, Javone Prince, Sian Clifford, Fiona Shaw and Jenna Coleman are among the actors who have appeared.
The project, which is in development, comes from Lionsgate Television and BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions, who have a deal together and are behind the CBS comedy. Ghosts, which is also based on a BBC format. The series is produced by Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Angie Stephenson and Josh Cole.
“We want to make inventive, loud and interesting television and this show is one of them. We hope we can create a version worthy of the legacy,” Anderson said.
DISNEY FILM OFFER
The company has entered into a short-term movie licensing agreement with Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution for a limited selection of titles. The films will include Deadpool, Deadpool 2, Logan, Hidden Figures, Murder on the Orient Express, and The post office. It comes after a film deal with NBCUniversal for an exclusive network window for films on Universal’s 2020/21 slate, including Dolittle, the invisible man, promising young woman, F9, and Sing 2.