Titus Welliver’s ex-cop Harry Bosch will return to solve other cases Amazon Freevee.
Amazon free (formerly IMDb TV) announced the revival of season 2 of “Bosch: legacy,” a spinoff of the “Bosch” series that ran for seven seasons on Prime Video — ahead of “Bosch: Legacy” premiering May 6 on the e-commerce giant’s free, ad-supported streaming service.
Additionally, Amazon Freevee is expanding its lineup of licensed content through a short-term movie licensing agreement with Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution for a “limited selection” of titles from 20th Century Studios, including “Deadpool,” “Deadpool 2,” “Logan,” “Hidden Figures,” “Murder on the Orient Express” and “The Post” by Kenneth Branagh.
The announcements were made during Amazon’s NewFronts 2022 presentation on Monday for marketers.
Amazon Freevee also announced the renewal for the third and fourth seasons of “Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers”, the docuseries about a Southern California high school basketball team, LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Uninterrupted, plus green light for four new Originals: America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation cooking competition series; the coming-of-age drama “Beyond Black Beauty”; “Play-Doh Squished” family contest series; and the musical documentary “Post Malone: Runaway”.
Currently in development at Freevee is ‘Inside No. 9’, based on the award-winning BBC anthology series, combining humour, horror, crime and suspense – with the episodes linked in some way by the inclusion of the number nine . It comes from Lionsgate Television and BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions.
And Amazon Freevee said it now offers more than 75 ad-supported free streaming TV channels (FAST), including exclusive FAST channels for the hit Canadian sitcom “Kim’s Convenience” and the original comedy series “Kids in the Hall”.
“We’re working hard to create a differentiated AVOD service that really leans heavily on the originals, but also really takes pride in the content on the licensing side and the FAST channels,” said Lauren Anderson, co-head of content at ‘Amazon Freevee. and programming, said in an interview. “It’s those three things together.”
“Bosch: Legacy” follows the title character of Welliver – a retired LAPD homicide detective turned private investigator – as he struggles to work on cases without the authority his former job afforded him. Meanwhile, lawyer Honey “Money” Chandler (Mimi Rogers) struggles to maintain her faith in the justice system after surviving an attempted murder, and Harry’s daughter, Maddie Bosch (Madison Lintz), discovers the challenges of being a rookie patrol the streets of LA. Bosch: Legacy, from Fabel Entertainment, is produced by Michael Connelly, Eric Overmyer, Tom Bernardo, Henrik Bastin, Pieter Jan Brugge, Titus Welliver and Zetna Fuentes. Fuentes (“Bosch”, “Jane the Virgin”, “Shameless”) directed the spin-off pilot.
“It was easy to greenlight the second season” of “Bosch: Legacy” after executives saw the first season in 10 episodes,” said Ryan Pirozzi, the other co-manager of content and Freevee’s lineup.”We’re excited about the new show,” he said, adding, “We know we want to be in business with Michael Connolly,” the author of the “Bosch” book series.
Amazon Freevee’s deal with Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution follows its previously announced pact with NBCUniversal securing exclusive network window rights to films on Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s 2020-21 cinema slate, including “Dolittle”, “The Invisible Man”, “Promising Young Woman”, “F9” (Fast & Furious 9) and “Sing 2.
Last month, Amazon Freevee announced a 70% year-over-year increase in its original listing. This includes “Bosch: Legacy”; Australian crime drama “Troppo,” premiering May 20; and a new interior design series, “Hollywood Houselift With Jeff Lewis,” which premieres June 10.
Other originals in various stages of production for the free streaming service include Greg Garcia’s comedy series “Sprung,” premiering this summer (which has added Kate Walsh to the cast); “High School,” a scripted series adapted for television by Clea DuVall, produced by Plan B and based on the best-selling memoirs of recording artists Tegan and Sara Quin; “Primo,” a coming-of-age comedy from Michael Schur and Shea Serrano; and “On Call,” a half-hour procedural crime drama from prolific television producer Dick Wolf. Freevee also recently announced the renewal of season 2 of “Judy Justice”, led by the iconic judge Judy Sheindlin, and commissioned “Tribunal”, created and produced by Sheindlinwhich will feature a panel of three judges collectively judging real cases.
“What you’re seeing is more content and more green lights based on more viewing. Customers are responding,” said Anderson of Freevee. According to Amazon, Freevee’s monthly active users tripled from Q1 2020 to first quarter of 2022 (but the company does not publish the estimated number of MAUs).
Here’s more information about Freevee’s greenlit productions announced on Monday:
- America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation: Series of unscripted competitions to find the next dynamic talent to join America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) team. Candidates will work in the kitchens of the ATK studio, undergoing intense culinary and media challenges in the “job interview of a lifetime”, with the last cook standing given a starring role on ATK. Executive produced by David Nussbaum, Jack Bishop, David Lonner and Mark Itkin.
- Beyond Black Beauty: Inspired by the beloved 19th century novel, the comedy-drama follows Jolie Dumont, an equestrian with Olympic aspirations whose journey is suddenly cut short when her mother, Janelle, moves them from their posh life in Belgium to the childhood home of Janelle in Baltimore. Jolie struggles to find roots, but as she bonds with an equally feisty horse named Black Beauty, she learns to embrace the family ranch, where black cowboys have been ingrained in their DNA for more than a century. century. The project comes from Amazon Studios, production company Sinking Ship Entertainment and Leif Films; executive produced by Pilar Golden, Leif and Agnes Bristow, JJ Johnson and Carla de Jong.
- Crushed Play-Doh: Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”) hosts a series of fast-paced family competitions where three teams of four family members and/or friends compete in a series of physical and creative challenges. To win the grand prize, teams must combine imagination and inspiration, using Play-Doh compound as a medium. Produced by Amazon Studios and eOne; executive producers are Tara Long and Will Erb for eOne, alongside Allison Berkley and Briana Vowels, who serve as showrunners. Hyland is also an executive producer.
- Post Malone: running away: One-hour musical documentary featuring the story of the artist’s first arena tour, Runaway Tour 2019, with exclusive behind-the-scenes access, live performances and intimate interviews, pulling back the curtain on personal life and professional of Post Malone. From Pulse Films and Federal Films; created by Hector Dockrill and written and produced by Sam Bridger and Casey Engelhardt. The film is produced by Dr. London, Austin Rosen and Bobby Greenleaf.
(Above photo: Madison Lintz and Titus Welliver in “Bosch: Legacy” Season 1)