Things haven’t exactly gone Mort Grimley’s way in life — but ending up in hell might be just what he needs to turn things around. So goes the story of the title character in Amazon Studios’ most popular comedy series project of the past year.
Mort Grimley, like many of the other projects on the most-popular list, is on the Amazon Studios Development Slate, which was announced in May and expanded throughout the year via our open-door submission process.
Here are the 10 most viewed and downloaded comedy series projects of 2012:
By Angel M. Castillo
Mort Grimley, new to the Underworld after accidentally taking his own life, is offered a deal; get Hell’s numbers up and maybe get a transfer out (and up), or face eternity in fire and brimstone alongside the cruel mother he tried to escape.
Magic Monkey Billionaire
By Diana Wright
When their wealthy magician owner suddenly dies, his two animal assistants — Rabbit and Monkey — are shocked to learn that Monkey alone has been left his billions, soon unleashing the ultimate forces of good and evil as former friends turn to arch enemies.
By Nathan Thomas
This mockumentary follows an ensemble of diverse characters as they ready themselves for the supposed end of the world — including the guru who made the doomsday prediction.
Those Who Can’t
By Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland, Benjamin Roy
A comedy about three juvenile, misfit teachers who are just as immature, if not more so, than the students they teach at a failing high school in Denver.
By Jona Bechtolt, Jeffrey Brodsky, Claire L. Evans, Rob Kieswetter
An ensemble comedy about life on the rock n’ roll road, as seen through the eyes of its least glamorous participants: the opening band.
A Perfect Affair
By Kimberly Condict
A Type-A event planner in Oklahoma City faces the chaos of her eccentric employees, and her deadbeat ex, as she works to build her business into a national brand.
In The Mix
By Sam Miller
An aspiring music producer living in Los Angeles juggles his girlfriend and day job with a weekend residency at a Vegas casino trying to change its image.
By Joe Inabinett
TGIF takes place on and off the set of a fictional last place 90’s Sitcom. They’re always looking for ways to boost their ratings: product placements, kidnapping one of the Olsen twins, guest stars, blackmail… TGIF is narrated by the Director, the only sane person around.
By Christopher Mueller, Dan Franko
A smart-mouthed charmer who flamed out in life returns to the place where he was once the king — high school — but isn’t quite prepared for his new role as, gulp… a substitute teacher.
By Gabriel Duran
Four friends in their early 20s navigate post-college life, juggling relationships, jobs, and — of course — an overpowering addiction to video games.
More than 2,000 series scripts have been submitted to Amazon Studios, and evaluated by its development staff, in 2012. Learn more about Amazon Studios’ open-door submission process.