Streaming Video: Amazon Prime Pilot Season Is Here

Amazon Prime Video gives fans a chance to pick what shows should be on the streaming service

Amazon Prime Video wants is into their annual new “pilot season,” and there are a couple of shows that you should checkout. I highly recommend “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” is a well written and well-acted show. The show is centered around Miriam “Midge” Maisel’s (Rachel Brosnahan) who has a fairy tale life as a 1950s Manhattan wife and mother. But she decides that after her husband leaves her she makes a bold choice to try her hand at stand-up comedy.

The pilot’s excellent cast includes Michael Zegen (“Boardwalk Empire”), Alex Borstein (“MADtv”), Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”), and Marin Hinkle (“Two and a Half Men”).

Well worth the time and it is a great period dramedy and personally I hope to see this show become part of the Amazon Prime Video family.

“The Legend of Master Legend,” is the other pilot that I think is a sure bet to make the Amazon list. It is a very quirky comedy with a plot that will allow the show in a number of different directions.

Frank Lafount (John Hawkes), hits the streets of Las Vegas as low-budget superhero Master Legend. The funny part of the show is that the main character, Frank has to balance his deep sense of justice with the burdens of actual life and disapproval from his family.

The pilot also stars Dawnn Lewis (“Major Crimes”), Shea Whigham (“Boardwalk Empire”), and newcomer Anjelika Washington. If you like Transparent, Argo and other comedies that are funny with a bit of wackiness, then you will love this show.

Over at Hulu they are making news with their new series Harlots, a highly anticipated new period melodrama. It in London 1793 when two of the top brothels choose to go to war with each other.

Samantha Morton plays Margaret Wells, a madam attempting to move up in her world, out of her low-rent Covent Garden digs into a new, bigger, brighter house in fashionable Soho. In this British co-production “Harlots,” created by women (Alison Newman and Moira Buffini), with a female writing staff, the sex is anything but sexy.

“Harlots,” appears determined to delve into thornier issues of consent, sexual slavery, and the desperate measures women had (and have) to take in order to advance in the world — or even just to sidestep the strange demands of powerful men.

For fans of historical drama, “Harlots” is delightful because of the details that other shows shy away from. Let’s just put it this way a Jane Austen adaptation, which would take place in the same era, could not possibly tell you what it was like to be in a SoHo brothel. That is why “Harlots,” is getting such press, because there is no sugar coating this show, that said it remains very entertaining.

Here is what is going on with the rest of streaming video this week.

Netflix continues their massive original content initiative with flicks like Win It All and original series including The Get Down, Dear White People, and Bill Nye Saves the World.

HBO Go is stocking up with recent theatrical releases like Suicide Squad and War Dogs, so cozy up at home and relish in the fact that you don’t have to fight crowds to see these big budget flicks.

Lastly, there is Acorn TV has some wonderful U.K. delights starting with a number of outstanding British miniseries. I suggest that you start with The Great Train Robbery starring (Beauty and the Beast) star Luke Evans, he does a great job in this entertaining series.


Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.