Amazon Studios announced today that it will debut the half-hour pilot for dramatic comedy, Really, as part of its third pilot season kicking off later this year on Amazon Instant Video. As is now routine, customers will once again be able to provide feedback and indicate which pilots they want to see get the full series treatment. Amazon then produces the winners for Prime Instant Video. Really joins the already revealed The Cosmopolitans and Hand of God pilots.
The new pilot is written, created and directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, the director and star of the vulgar 2001 comedy Super Troopers. The show has been called “a funny, extremely honest behind-the-curtain look at the psychological and emotional complexities of marriage, and the charged dynamics of a tight-knit group of friends.” Chandrasekhar himself says the show is “meant to be a sophisticated, funny, strikingly honest cable comedy for adults. We’re going to talk honestly about subjects including sex, alcohol, addiction, drugs, race, and politics. Good fun.”
Amazon Studios bills the show as being about “four hard-charging suburban Chicago couples trying to grasp on to their dwindling youth. At the center are the happily but messily married couple Jed (Chandrasekhar) and Lori (Sarah Chalke). When Jed is faced with the choice of keeping his pal’s secret or destroying his friend group, he winds up digging himself into a very deep hole. Really explores marriage, friendship and the stifling peculiarities of suburban Chicago life.” The pilot also stars Selma Blair, Travis Schuldt, Hayes MacArthur, Collette Wolfe, Luka Jones, Lindsay Sloane and Rob Delaney.
Today’s announcement follows Amazon’s second wave of pilots dropped back in February, which included Bosch, The After, Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and The Rebels, along with a few children’s shows.