Amazon is giving Netflix a run for its money with three new kick-ass series
It might be time to reconsider that Netflix account.
For anyone (like me) who feels like Netflix's original offerings have gotten a little stale, Amazon Prime is ready to step up to the plate.
Amazon announced three original new series that will be available exclusively to Prime members in the next year, and they cover a wide range of styles and interests.
There's I Love Dick, a feminist series based on a novel about a couple struggling through marital problems in Marfa, Texas. It stars Kevin Bacon as Dick, Kathryn Hahn as Chris and Griffin Dunne as Sylvere. The best part? It's executive produced by Transparent's Jill Soloway — so you know it'll be good.
Then there's Jean-Claude van Johnson, a martial arts action series starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as a deadly undercover private contractor. You'll also recognize Creed's Phylicia Rashad, The Man in the High Castle's David W. Zucker and The Good Wife's Ridley Scott.
The Tick will also debut in 2017 — based on the dark, eclectic comic book series of the same name. It stars Guardians of the Galaxy's Peter Serafinowicz, House of Lies' Valorie Curry, Jane the Virgin's Yara Martinez and Scorpion's Brendan Hines.
"These pilots were vast in scope, disruptive in tone, challenging in story and sometimes even funny," an Amazon exec said in a statement about the new original shows slated for 2017. "It’s rewarding to see customers embrace them in such a huge way. We can’t wait to premiere these series next year on Prime Video."
What remains to be seen (and what has so far stopped me from jumping ship from Netflix or Hulu to Amazon Prime) is whether customers will be willing to drop bigger piles of cash for the service. Amazon Prime includes video-on-demand along with tons of other services (including free two-day shipping on lots of Amazon items) and it carries a steeper price tag because of it.
I have to admit, though, I Love Dick sounds like a show I could binge once the weather cools down and the weekends call for snuggling up to my dog on the couch and watching TV with my coffee. It's tempting, Amazon.
Will you subscribe to Amazon Prime to check out its new TV offerings?
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