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What to watch? These 5 great new Amazon Prime TV shows, obviously

By Kitty Knowles 17 March 2017
Summary

Game of Thrones fans get an intergalactic priest, Gilmore Girls fans get a witty new New Yorker: what's not to love?

Want a new TV show to whet your appetite?

Lucky you. Today Amazon continues its tradition of piloting new originals for its Prime customers – and this year the line-up looks great.

Amazon is banking on the wisdom of the crowd. Votes from viewers will determine which shows join Transparent and the Man in the High Castle as the next watercooler show everyone’s talking about.

Here’s a quick summary of what you can expect. Watch the pilot and you can say you saw it before anyone else…

 

Rachel Brosnahan in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (Amazon)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

If you’re still buzzing from the triumphant return of Gilmore Girls, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has something that you’ll probably love.

Set in 1958 New York, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel follows Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) as Miriam “Midge” Maisel as she swaps her life as an upstanding housewife to one of a stand-up comic.

With input from Family Guy’s Daniel Palladino, you can expect the jokes to fall thick and fast, as Midge’s perfect family life is traded for the clubs of Greenwich Village.

Look out for: Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Alex Borstein (Family Guy), and Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men).

 

A legend in the making? John Hawkes is Master Legend. (Amazon)

The Legend of Master Legend

Prefer a darker comedy? The Legend of Master Legend has your back.

Enjoy grimacing gaffs with John Hawkes’ (Winter’s Bone) homemade superhero Frank Lafount – aka Master Legend.

He’s on a mission is to protect the people of Las Vegas from evil but his own complex struggles seem determined to get in the way.

Producing and directorial talent come from shows like 20th Century Women, Argo, Transparent, and The Spectacular Now.

Look out for: John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Dawn Lewis (Major Crimes) and Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire).

Men in the high castle: will this weed comedy take off? (Amazon)

Budding Prospects

Did you catch Budding Prospects first time round?

Based on T.C. Boyle’s ’80s novel, this pot comedy could be everything thing you need to unwind.

We follow three hapless city boys ditch San Francisco to launch their own marijuana business in Mendacino.

Suffice to say, their idyllic back-to-basics expectations are not met by the ‘Summer Camp’ shanty town they end up in.

Produced by Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa), executive produced by Vincent Landay (Her) and co-written by Melissa Axelrod (Bad Santa) – there’s nothing high-brow about getting people high.

Look out for: Adam Rose (Veronica Mars), Joel David Moore (Bones), Will Sasso (MADtv) and Brett Gelman (Fleabag).

 

Richard Madden in Oasis (Amazon)

Oasis

Games of Thrones fans will be happy to see Richard Madden back on their screens – this time leading as an intergalactic priest.

Based on the cult novel The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber, you’ll soon learn it’s a hard life for a holy man trying to establish a colony on another world.

Written by Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies), with a team who’ve worked on hit series The Crown, The Night Manager and The Last King of Scotland, expect both tense reflection and high-octane action.

Look out for: Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense, Alpha House) and Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire, 24).

The New V.I.P.’s

The New V.I.P‘s marks new territory for Amazon, as its first adult animated comedy.

The storyline alone sounds hilarious: a group of low-level employees seize control of a major corporation after accidentally murdering their boss.

It’s been created by Steve Dildarian (The Life & Times of Tim), and features a roster of household names.

Listen out for: Matt Braunger (Agent Carter), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl) and Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing).

Amazon‘s Spring 2017  Pilot Season debut today for customers in the UK, U.S., Germany, Austria and Japan.