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7 posts tagged dark minions
Thanks for watching Amazon’s original pilots. Stay tuned to find out which shows are selected to return to Prime Instant Video with more episodes.
Happy Star Wars Day, from our Dark Minions to yours.
John Ross Bowie and Kevin Sussman are part of one of the most famous nerd ensembles in entertainment history – the cast of the hit series Big Bang Theory (Bowie plays Sheldon’s rival Kripke, and Sussman is comic shop owner Stuart). But they’re not faking their love of sci-fi and superheroes. It’s who they are, and their influences run deeply through Dark Minions, the show they’ve created for Amazon.
“Make no mistake – we are on Big Bang Theory because we are authentic nerds,” John said. “High functioning nerds – more Leonards than Sheldons – but nerds nonetheless. Kevin worked at a comic book shop IRL. I watched all the Star Wars DVDs one New Year’s Eve AS AN ADULT.”
Dark Minions is one of 14 Amazon original pilots now playing for free at Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM. Viewer response will help determine which of these children’s shows and comedies return with full seasons.
We asked John and Kevin about their show, their inspirations, and what the Big Bang Theory characters might think of Dark Minions.
How do you describe Dark Minions?
Kevin: It’s about two regular guys, Mel and Andy, who get jobs onboard an evil space station. Maybe in a better time they’d take a principled stand against working there, but Mel’s got alimony and Andy doesn’t have a college degree, so they’re willing to lower their standards just a tad. It’s a workplace comedy that deals with the bullshit of corporate bureaucracy, inter-office politics, and the deluge of paperwork involved in enslaving various alien species.
What made you want to tell this story with these characters, in this world?
Kevin: We’re fans of the genre. We set out to do a straight up sci-fi thriller, actually, but neither of us could refrain from giving the villains silly names.
Are any of the characters based on real people?
John: Mel and Andy are loosely based on Kevin and I. Before we knew each other, we both worked for huge, rather nefarious companies in the late ‘90s and though a lot of the work that was going on was unsavory – mass firings, circumventing environmental regulations – Kevin and I needed the jobs. It was not unlike working for an evil space station.
Following their Friday debut, the new Amazon Originals TV pilots from Amazon Studios were the most watched TV shows across Amazon Instant Video over the weekend, making up 8 out of 10 of the most streamed episodes across the video service. Already thousands of customer reviews have been submitted with 80% at ratings of 4 and 5 stars.
"For the past year the Amazon Studios team has collaborated with some of the best actors and writers in Hollywood to produce top-quality shows. Now we’ve handed the remote to our customers to hear what they think," said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. "In just a few days the pilots have received thousands of helpful and sometimes hilarious reviews. Keep the feedback coming—and help us decide which pilots will be turned into full series."
Here’s a sampling of feedback from customers since the pilots’ launch:
"Just like in Zombieland, where there are no rules, Amazon is throwing out the rules of conventional television and bringing the power to the viewer,” said Rhett Reese, co-creator of the comedy Zombieland, along with Paul Wernick. Wernick adds, “It’s really exciting to be doing something different that has the potential to change the way this industry works.”
Comprehensive cast and crew information for each of the Amazon Originals pilots, including bios and filmographies, is available on Amazon’s IMDb.
Amazon Studios has an open door for creators, and continues to invite writers to submit their proposals for comedy and children’s programming.
Amazon Studios pilots have arrived, starring John Goodman (Argo), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Bebe Neuwirth (Frasier) – and viewers, who will help decide which shows return with more episodes. TV fans are invited to watch comedies and children’s shows for free, and offer opinions about them, at amazonoriginals.com.