Over the past couple of years, Amazon has finally started to make its presence felt in scripted programming. While it seemed for a little while like “Transparent” was going to turn them into a one-hit wonder, they are now starting to ramp up their efforts in exciting ways.
Today, the company has announced that they are bringing back two of their dramas in “Hand of God” and “Man in the High Castle” for a second season. In the case of the latter, we cannot imagine that anyone was exactly surprised by this news. It has become a little bit of a pop-culture phenomenon since coming on the air; we’ve heard plenty of buzz surrounding the show as an awards contender, and there were of course headlines surrounding it having an ad campaign on New York City subways that was deemed incredibly controversial.
As for “Hand of God,” we’re a little more surprised about this one if only because critical reception of the Ron Perlman series has been somewhat lukewarm; with that said, he is one of the biggest stars working on the series, and there is always the hope that in time the show can improve and attract a little bit more of an audience.
Of course, while these two shows are coming back, Amazon is still working on a variety of new ideas and concepts. One of the most ambitious ones to date is “Sneaky Pete,” the drama from Bryan Cranston that was recently picked up following its participation in the brand’s unique pilot program.
We’ll give you as many other headlines on the show as they start to come out, so be on the lookout for some of those stories!
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