Amazon’s original drama Bosch to premiere on 13th February
James R | On 14, Jan 2015
Amazon’s new original series, Bosch, will premiere on 13th February.
All 10 episodes of the detective drama, based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books, will arrive next month, with all 10 episodes released at once on Prime Instant Video. An exclusive programme with a built-in audience? It’s par for the course for Amazon, as it recently just finished premiering the resurrected Season 3 of once-cancelled BBC series Ripper Street; a strategy that the Netflix rival clearly hopes will earn a guaranteed wave of sign-ups from loyal fans.
Titus Welliver (Sons of Anarchy, Argo) stars as the eponymous detective, Harry Bosch, who pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspect in cold blood.
He is joined by Jamie Hector (The Wire) as Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino (Being Human) as Lt. Grace Billets, Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire) as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, and Annie Wersching (24, Extant) as Julia Brasher.
Primarily based on elements from Connelly’s books City of Bones (2002), The Concrete Blonde (1994) and Echo Park (2006), Bosch’s investigation takes on a life and death urgency when a killer who has confessed to the boy’s murder escapes custody and begins a murderous rampage across Los Angeles. Bosch and the killer are locked in a cat and mouse game, with the killer taunting Bosch as the investigation turns deeply personal.
Guest stars on Bosch include Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead) as Dr. Guyot and Troy Evans (ER) as Detective Johnson, as Amazon appears to be sourcing talent from any well-known TV series in the past decade. Indeed, behind the camera, the series was developed for television by The Wire’s Eric Overmyer, an indication of the quality Amazon is aiming for.
“We had a very strong response to the pilot from our customers and, after years of anticipation from the fan community, we are delighted to launch the complete first television season of Michael Connelly’s classic works of LA Noir,” says Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios.
“I am very pleased with season one,” Connelly says. “We have been extremely loyal to the character and city in the books. I think anybody who likes Harry Bosch on the page is going to like him on screen too. Titus Welliver is perfectly cast and viewers are going to be drawn to him whether they’ve read the books or not.”
The announcement of Bosch’s release date follows the company’s win of two Golden Globes at the weekend for its previous original drama, Transparent – the first time an online show has won a Golden Globe for Best TV Series. Yesterday, Amazon also announced that it has signed a deal with Woody Allen for the director to make his first ever TV series for them in 2016.