Amazon Prime is ramping up its slate of original programming, recommissioning The Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks and Hand of God, as well as picking up another five autumn pilots for full series.
Juliana Crane and those mysterious film reels are set to return to our telly screens in 2016 as Amazon gives the go-ahead for a second series of the alternative history drama The Man in the High Castle, which will land on the streaming service in the new year.
The drama based on Philip K Dicks’ popular novel, stars Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans and Rufus Sewell. Its pilot became Amazon’s most watched offering to date, before it was commissioned for a full series last year.
Set in 1962, in a world where the Allies lost the Second World War, TMITHC finds America’s east coast ruled by Nazi Germany while Imperial Japan control the west.
“It’s the most exciting time ever in this business. I’m enormously grateful for this platform because it allows us to do a show like this. This would not exist if it weren’t for a platform like Amazon,” creator Frank Spotnitz told RadioTimes.com earlier this year. “I have so many, very expensive ideas [for a second series]. I’m talking to Amazon about that right now!”
“The world that Philip K Dick has created is so vast that we’ll be here potentially for many years,” added Rupert Evans. “He showed you in the book not only America but Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa… It’s kind of endless.”
Coming-of-age comedy Red Oaks, starring British actor Craig Roberts, will also return with new episodes, as will Hand of God, which stars Ron Perlman and Dana Delany. The dark drama follows Pernell Harris, a corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown after a family tragedy and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice.
2016 will also see five new commissions land on Amazon. The streaming service has picked up five out of six of their autumn pilots, including Good Girls Revolt, a 60s-set series about a group of young female news researchers who sparked a cultural revolution; Highston, a comedy about a 19-year-old who has a wide circle of imaginary celebrity friends; dark family drama One Mississippi; political thriller Patriot; and Z, a pilot based on the original flapper girl Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, starring Christina Ricci.