Amazon is picking up steam. The Man In The High Castle and The Grand Tour, both on Amazon are in the lead. Here are the full insights from Parrot Analytics.
For December 29, 2016 – January 4, 2017 – Top 5 Digital Original Series in the US and Average Demand Expressions™:
The Man In The High Castle, Netflix: 18,287,243
The Grand Tour, Netflix: 15,396,884
Stranger Things, Netflix: 14,620,216
Travelers, Netflix: 14,226,082
Marvel’s Luke Cage, Netflix: 8,423,077
Insights from Parrot:
• Over the holidays, Amazon Video titles did quite well, ranking first and second by average popularity. The Man in the High Castle, whose second season was released on December 16th, had about 19% more demand than The Grand Tour, which is still airing new episodes weekly.
• Though both Amazon series released new content recently, they still had only about 5% more demand than Netflix’s summer hit Stranger Things, which has remained solidly among the top digital originals six months after its premiere. Its demand may be high over the past few weeks because it was nominated for several Golden Globes, which will be announced on January 8th.
• A new science fiction series, Travelers, premiered on Netflix on December 23rd with only 2% less popularity than Stranger Things. In contrast, the older title Luke Cage had 40% less than Amazon’s science fiction series, but has remained in the top five due to its steady, high demand.
I’ve added photos of Alexa and the cast at AOL Build from a couple weeks ago. I apologize for the delay in adding them. I thought I had added them but it seems I did not. Enjoy!
Alexa made her talk show debut appearance on the The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night. She was just so humble and lovely. You can watch the interview below and I’ll be adding photos in the gallery later today.
The star of Amazon’s ‘Man In The High Castle’ is the daughter of two artist parents and rarely spent more than three weeks in one place as a child.
Amazon has ordered a third season of its original drama series The Man in the High Castle. Eric Overmyer, who developed for television and has executive produced Amazon’s popular drama series Bosch, has come on board as executive producer and showrunner for Season 3.
Overmyer fills the void left by the sudden departure of The Man in the High Castle developer/executive producer/showrunner Frank Spotnitz in the middle of production on Season 2 after reported clashes with the streaming service. There was no immediate replacement for Spotnitz at the time, with the existing producing team taking over his responsibilities.
After breaking streaming records for Amazon in Season 1, the second season of The Man in the High Castle premiered with the most viewers over its debut weekend of all scripted Amazon Original Series, according to the network.
“As timely as ever, the exploration of characters at a dark point for humanity has provided incredible stories for two seasons,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy and Drama, Amazon Studios. “Eric and his team are doing an incredible job crafting stories about the inner lives of those who struggle to do good in a world that is not.”
Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternate history novel, season two of The Man in the High Castle, released on Dec. 16, continues to explore what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. While Germany controls much of the East Coast and Japan controls the West Coast, the Rocky Mountains have become a “neutral zone”—and ground zero for a resistance, led by a mysterious figure known only as “the Man in the High Castle.”
The Man in the High Castle stars Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, Joel De La Fuente, Brennan Brown, Bella Heathcote, and Callum Keith Rennie, with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Rufus Sewell. Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Richard Heus, Isa Dick Hackett and Daniel Percival serve as executive producers for Season 3 alongside Overmyer.
Overmyer’s series credits also include St. Elsewhere, Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, The Wire, New Amsterdam and Treme, which he co-created with David Simon. With his colleagues, he has shared a WGA award and an Edgar award for The Wire, and a Peabody award and a PEN teleplay award for Treme.
The Satellite Awards released their list of award nominees and our favorite series made the list!
Game of Thrones – HBO
Outlander – Starz
The Walking Dead – AMC
Westworld – HBO
The Man in the High Castle – Amazon
Stranger Things – Netflix
Orphan Black – BBC America
Black Mirror – Netflix
Season 2 of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle will introduce viewers to the “man in the high castle” himself, author Hawthorne Abendsen, the show’s executive producers said at today’s TCA. The series is based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 alternative-history novel that explores what might have happened in the Allied Powers had lost World War II.
“Yes. That was supposed to be big news,” joked executive producer Isa Dick Hackett — daughter of Philip K. Dick — after the panel. She was referring to the fact that the announcement that this key character from the novel would appear in the TV series seemed to get little response from the audience.
Also confirmed today: Season 2 will introduce a new cast member. Bella Heathcote will play Nicole, a new love interest for Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank).
Today’s panel included cast members Kleintank, Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Joel de la Fuente, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Rufus Sewell along with EPs Hackett and David W. Zucker.
Producers and cast were purposefully vague about Season 2 story developments in the complex dual world of the show. And they were equally noncommittal about the effect of showrunner Frank Spotnitz leaving the show earlier this year.
Zucker said that even though Spotnitz has left, “nothing has changed with the ensemble of this show” and that the team continues the direction Spotnitz set in course (Spotnitz remains as one of the EPs). Zucker said there had not been “some kind of coup” that would change creative direction.
Zucker described the show’s current “unique” chain of command: “We are running in many ways like a republic. … There are sort of senior powers in sort of every aspect of (the show) that Frank put in place. No one would choose to build a show this way, (but) at this point we have, I think, a system that is working as good as we can make it, and we will continue to find ways to improve it.”
Season 2 of The Man in the High Castle premieres December 16 on Amazon Prime Video.
At San Diego Comic-Con, I had the chance to sit down and chat with the actors and producers from some of my favorite shows. During the press room for Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, I was able to talk to Alexa Davalos (Juliana Crain) about her experiences working on the show, and get a brief taste of what’s coming in Season 2.
Davalos was a big fan of Season 1, but how the next season differs is fairly simple. Davalos says that “it’s really kind of broadened a level”. While Season 1 focused on building the world and establishing the rules, Season 2 goes deeper with the characters and story to make everything fuller and richer.
Asked about her character’s journey, Davalos was mum about all things Juliana. “Juliana is in a place that I certainly can’t discuss because it will just ruin everything.” Hey, at least she’s looking out for the viewers and their experience, am I right? You can’t say that about every star.
Fortunately, she was able to offer us something. Like High Castle’s first season, the second has been “very exciting and very surprising”. Though, it will have to work hard to beat the twists from the last episode of the first season.
For further comparison, Davalos said that Season 2 is like a “springboard” that they can go many places from, and sets up many things yet to come. Given what we already know about Season 2’s alternate realities, there seem to be lots of interesting places it could go.
Life On Set:
Davalos also had the opportunity to briefly talk about her on-screen family, and what things are like on set. All indications are that working with her fake family feels a lot like working with her real family.”We have a really beautiful family unit,” Davalos said.
She acknowledges, however, that someone from another show may have told you this. “I know a lot of actors say that,” she acknowledged, “but this is different”.
We couldn’t get much more from her as she was whisked away to her next table, but it was an absolute pleasure to speak with her about Season 2, and learn a little bit of behind the scenes info.
Juliana must be heavily involved in the alternate realities. That seems the most logical reason for Davalos’ secrecy. Again, just a theory, but I think you may have read it here first!
What do you guys think? Are you more or less excited for Season 2 now? What are your Season 2 theories? Let us know in the comments!
The Man in the High Castle returns with its second season in Fall 2016 on Amazon Prime.