Monday, August 3, 2015

Amazon Sets Premiere Dates for 'Hand of God,' 'Red Oaks,' 'The Man in the High Castle' & 'Transparent'

Today is Amazon's day at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. The streaming service is holding panels for a number of its upcoming shows - as well as announcing when they will become available to view.

Hand of God, a new drama starring Ron Perlman and Dana Delany, will make its series debut on Friday, September 4.

Created and written by Ben Watkins, and marking the television directorial debut of Marc Forster, Hand of God focuses on the honorable justice Pernell Harris (Perlman), a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on "visions" and "messages" he believes are being sent by God through Pernell's ventilator-bound son.

Hand of God also stars Garrett Dillahunt, Andre Royo, Alona Tal, Julian Morris, Elizabeth McLaughlin and Emayatzy Corinealdi. Forster, Watkins, Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King serve as executive producers, with Jillian Kugler as co-executive producer.

Red Oaks, a comedy set in a 1980s country club, will begin its first season on Friday, October 9.

Directed by David Gordon Green and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts as David Myers, an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985. David is both reeling from his father's heart attack and conflicted about what college major to declare in the fall. While there, David meets a colorful cast of misfit co-workers and wealthy club members. A coming-of-age comedy set in the "go-go" 80s that is equal parts hijinks and heartfelt. Red Oaks is about enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end - and the future begins.

Red Oaks also stars Richard Kind, Paul Reiser, Jennifer Grey, Ennis Esmer, Oliver Cooper, Alexandra Socha, Josh Meyers and Gage Golightly. The comedy was written by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi, who serve as executive producers with Green and Soderbergh.

The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick's alternative history novel, will premiere on Friday, November 20.

Developed by Frank Spotnitz, The Man in the High Castle is set in a reality where Nazi Germany and Japan were the victors of World War II. Almost 20 years later, much of the globe has been split between the two countries. But tension is mounting for the Axis powers, and the stress is playing out in the U.S. where fascism rules and the few surviving Jews hide under assumed names.

The drama stars Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joel De La Fuente, Rufus Sewell and DJ Qualls. David Semel directed the pilot. Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker are also executive producers, with co-executive producer Jordan Sheehan of Scott Free. Executive producers for Headline Pictures are Stewart Mackinnon and Christian Baute. Isa Dick Hackett will also executive produce and Kalen Egan will co-executive produce for Electric Shepherd. Christopher Tricarico is also an executive producer.

Transparent, which landed 11 nominations at the Emmy Awards this year, will return for its second season on Friday, December 4.

Created by Jill Soloway, the show stars Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann and Judith Light, with Bradley Whitford set to reprise his recurring role in the new season.

Some of the Emmy nominations the family dramedy received this year include: Comedy Series, Lead Comedy Actor (Tambor), Supporting Comedy Actress (Hoffmann), Guest Comedy Actor (Whitford), Comedy Writing (Soloway) and Comedy Directing (Soloway).