Hollywonk

Sep 29

'Alpha House' Returns October 24th - Watch All 10 Episodes at Once

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After Friday’s debut of Transparent, we’re excited to announce that more comedy is coming your way. The second season of Alpha House, one of Amazon’s first Original Series, returns Friday, October 24th – with all 10 episodes to be released at once.   

This season the Senators of Alpha House are bracing for the midterm elections, and much like many of their real-life counterparts, their political futures are uncertain.  Senator Biggs (John Goodman), Bettencourt (Clark Johnson) and Laffer (Matt Malloy) might have survived bruising primaries, but now they’re facing strong Democratic challengers and have to pull out all the stops to woo voters over to their side. Meanwhile, Senator Guzman (Mark Consuelos) is preparing for a 2016 bid for the presidency, a pursuit that might bring him into competition with one of his roommates.

Several familiar guest stars will also be returning this season, including Bill Murray, Amy Sedaris, Yara Martinez and Haley Joel Osment. 

"Alpha House has fun mixing real politics with entertainment," says Jonathan Alter, an executive producer of the series. "The magician Penn Jilette is running for the Senate from Nevada against Matt Malloy’s character, and former Governor Rendell in running for the Senate from Pennsylvania against the character played by Clark Johnson. Wanda Sykes and Bob Balaban (Monuments Men) have recurring roles as Democratic senators, and Bradley Whitford makes a guest appearance as a Republican senator battling with Maloney, his old assistant from the West Wing."

Other famous faces you’ll see playing themselves: Senators Elizabeth Warren and John McCain, Wolf Blitzer, George Stephanopoulos, Rachel Maddow, Jane Pauley, Matt Lauer and Grover Norquist. 

Missed the first season?  Catch up now on Prime Instant Video.  And don’t sit out this election season: set your Watchlists for Alpha House on October 24th

Sep 25

'Transparent' Premieres Today! “Best New Fall Show” - TIME, EW, Huffington Post, HitFix

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It’s been just eight months since viewers helped greenlight the pilot with their passionate reviews, and today, the entire first season of Transparent finally makes its much-anticipated debut on Prime Instant Video.  

The 10-episode half hour series, which stars Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Judith Light (Dallas), Gaby Hoffman (Girls), Amy Landecker (Louie) and Jay Duplass (Togetherness), explores family, identity, sex, and love through the story of the Pfeffermans, a Los Angeles family forced to deal with their long-held secrets together. 

Critical reception for the series has been overwhelmingly positive, with critics from several major outlets recommending it as the best new fall TV show, including TIME and Entertainment Weekly:

Transparent has the beginnings of a transformative, transcendent, transporting story of a person, a family–and a culture–going through a transformation.” – James Poniewozik, TIME

“Beautiful, funny and touching…One of those rare shows that alters the complexion of the landscape with its quality.”– Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter

“Poignant and humorous…[Transparent] stands out as the next game-changing TV show.” – Erin Whitney, Huffington Post

“This isn’t just the best fall pilot: it’s groundbreaking television.” – Melissa Maerz, Entertainment Weekly

“Genius is at work on every level here, but never so powerfully as in the casting of Tambor as Maura.”– David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle (5 out of 5 rating)

Jill Soloway, the creator behind the series, commented: “I could not be more excited to share Transparent with the world today.  In many ways, the Pfefferman’s story is one I’ve wanted to tell for many years, and I’m so grateful to Amazon and my incredibly talented cast and crew for allowing me to fulfill this creative dream.”

Among the talented cast are a host of impressive recurring stars, including Melora Hardin (The Office), Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), Kathryn Hahn (Parks and Recreation), Alexandra Billings (Grey’s Anatomy), and Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital).

Start watching today to see what all the buzz is about.  And stay tuned as we go deeper into the world of Transparent in the weeks ahead.

Sep 23

Pilot Spotlight: Behind-the-Scenes of ‘Hand of God’

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Where is the line between justice and revenge?  That’s the central question at the heart of Hand of God, a psychological drama starring Golden Globe-winner Ron Perlman as a corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown after his son attempts suicide. It was a role that “completely intimidated” Perlman, who is best known for playing the ruthless patriarch of a motorcycle gang in Sons of Anarchy.

A pilot that can intimidate Ron Perlman?  If that doesn’t make you curious to see what it’s about, Hand of God co-stars Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives) as Perlman’s steely wife and Garrett Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men) as a born-again sociopath. The pilot is also directed by renowned filmmaker Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, World War Z), who joins creator Ben Watkins (Burn Notice), the producers and stars in this behind-the-scenes look.

Now that you’re fully intrigued, you have just five more days to watch the pilot and let us know if you want to see more. 

Sep 22

Pilot Spotlight: The Making of ‘Really’

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Today’s pilot spotlight zooms in on Really, a dramedy about a group of suburban couples wrestling with the shifting dynamics of friendship and marriage, created by and starring Jay Chandrasekhar (Community) and featuring Selma Blair, Rob Delaney and Sarah Chalke. NPR’s Eric Deggans liked that it was “baldly honest about life in a longtime marriage,” while The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman thought Chandrasekhar and Chalke “have more chemistry and believability than most TV couples.”

See for yourself: only six more days to watch and rate the pilot.  And hear what Chandrasekhar and the cast have to say about Really in this behind-the-scenes look.   

Sep 19

Pilot Spotlight: Behind the Scenes of ‘The Cosmopolitans’

He developed a cult following in the 90s with films like Metropolitan and Barcelona, earning the banner of “cinema’s novelist of manners,” according to The New Yorker. Sixteen years later, Whit Stillman picks up where he left off with the pilot of The Cosmopolitans, the story of a group of expatriates in Paris, mending their broken hearts by setting out to create new lives in the City of Love. 

In this behind-the-scenes video from the Paris set, Stillman and cast members including Chloë Sevigny and Adam Brody talk about what drew them to story and where they see it going.   

For just one more week, you can watch the pilot of The Cosmopolitans and weigh in on whether you’d like to see the full series.