As previously rumored, Amazon has given the go-ahead for the Sneaky Pete TV show. Created by David Shore and Bryan Cranston, the series stars Giovanni Ribisi.
The pilot was originally ordered by CBS but the network ended up passing on the project. The series will debut some time next year.
Here’s the press release and the trailer for the pilot:
Amazon Greenlights “Sneaky Pete”, Original Dramatic Series Launching in 2016
New show exclusively on Prime Video stars Giovanni Ribisi and is created by Emmy Award-winning writer David Shore and Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston
SEATTLE — Nov. 4, 2015 — (NASDAQ:AMZN) — Amazon today announced it has greenlit new dramatic Amazon Original Series Sneaky Pete that will debut exclusively on Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan next year. The new series comes from an acclaimed creative team including Executive Producers David Shore (House), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Erin Gunn (Battle Creek) and James Degus (All the Way). The pilot episode, currently available on Amazon Video and featuring a special appearance by Cranston, was directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) who also executive produces the show.
“We are excited to bring to Amazon’s customers a new compelling series headlined by Giovanni Ribisi from the minds of David Shore and Bryan Cranston,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios. “Sneaky Pete is an incredible addition to Amazon’s expanding drama slate and we are eager for its premiere in 2016.”
Sneaky Pete, a co-production with Sony Pictures Television, stars Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar), Marin Ireland (Side Effects), Margo Martindale (The Millers), Peter Gerety (Prime Suspect), Libe Barer (Parenthood) and Shane McRae (Still Alice). The series revolves around a con-man (Ribisi) who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself–and discovering a family life he’s never had.
Sneaky Pete will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy through the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. The series will be available in SD and HD, as well as in 4K Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) on compatible smart TVs. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime.
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What do you think? Have you seen the Sneaky Pete pilot? Do you plan to check out the series?