Amazon’s The New Yorker Presents gets February release date
Staff Reporter | On 12, Jan 2016
Amazon has confirmed that The New Yorker Presents will premiere in February.
The first non-fiction show developed by Amazon’s original content arm was commissioned for a full season following its pilot last year. The series is based on content from The New Yorker, America’s most award-winning magazine. It combines documentaries, short films, comedy, poetry, animation and cartoons, aiming to turn the feel, themes and tone of the printed publication into a TV programme.
The series is produced by Condé Nast Entertainment, Jigsaw Productions and Executive Produced by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, alongside David Remnick, Kahane Cooperman, Dave Snyder, Dawn Ostroff and Henry Finder.
The pilot was labelled an “interesting hodgepodge” in our review, with the content giving an indication of what to expect: a documentary by Jonathan Demme about a biologist (based on an article), an interview with artist Marina Abramovic, and a poem read by Andrew Garfield.
“The bookmarking of chapters with cartoons by Emily Flake are fascinating as time-lapse footage, but not as side-splitting or topical as one would hope,” we wrote. “The stand-out, though, is a skit starring Alan Cumming about crazy men shouting in supermarkets, directed by Arrested Development’s Troy Miller.”
The show joins Bosch Season 2 as part of Amazon’s line-up for February, as the site continues to step up its original content arm. Indeed, today’s announcement arrives just after Amazon has won two more Golden Globes, this time for its comedy series Mozart in the Jungle.