Amazon Greenlights Second Season of Its Hour-Long Original Drama Series Bosch
Series breaks records with the biggest debut weekend of all Amazon Original Series and is the top-watched title on Prime Instant Video, across movies and TV series in its first four weeks
Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books with nearly 50 million copies sold, Bosch will return with stars Titus Welliver (Lost, The Good Wife), Jamie Hector (The Wire), Amy Aquino (Being Human), Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire) and Sarah Clarke (24), and will be Executive Produced by Connelly, Eric Overmyer (The Wire, Treme), Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (The Killing, Odyssey), a Red Arrow Entertainment Group company, and Pieter Jan Brugge (Heat, The Insider)
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar. 18, 2015– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—In just one month since its record-breaking debut, Amazon today announced it has greenlit a second season of its first original hour-long drama series Bosch. Based on Michael Connelly’s internationally best-selling Harry Bosch book series with nearly 50 million copies sold, Bosch has achieved the biggest debut weekend among all Amazon Original Series and is the most-watched title on Prime Instant Video, across movies and TV series in its first four weeks. Bosch currently has an IMDb rating of 8.5/10 and Amazon customer rating of 4.6/5 stars. Season two will be drawn from Connelly’s bestselling novels Trunk Music and The Drop. Returning to the series are stars Titus Welliver (Lost, The Good Wife, Sons of Anarchy) as Harry Bosch, Jamie Hector (The Wire) as his partner Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino (Being Human) as Lt. Grace Billets, Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire) as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, and Sarah Clarke (24) as Eleanor Wish. The series was developed for television by Eric Overmyer (Treme, The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Streets) and is Executive Produced by Overmyer, Connelly, Henrik Bastin (The Killing, Odyssey, The Comedians) and Pieter Jan Brugge (Heat, The Insider, The Clearing).
“We’re delighted to see that Amazon customers have immediately embraced Bosch,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios. “Fans will soon be able to enjoy more of this inspired adaptation brought to life by a remarkably gifted cast.”
“I am very excited about continuing the Bosch story with season two,” said Michael Connelly. “I love what we started with and I think our plans for the second season will make the show even better and more exploratory of the character of Harry Bosch. We have a great cast and crew and we are all going to be one year better at this. I can’t wait.”
“It is great news that the huge success of the first season on Amazon has led to this swift recommission,” said Henrik Pabst, Managing Director at Red Arrow International. “The response from international broadcasters, viewers and the press has been unprecedented, and we are excited about the ongoing future of this new crime franchise, and enjoying its success with Amazon. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
In the second season of Bosch, the relentless LAPD detective will investigate the murder of a Hollywood producer who laundered money for the mob. He will also pursue serial killer Chilton Hardy and the investigations take Bosch from the Hollywood Hills down through the gritty back streets of L.A. and Las Vegas, threatening those closest to him—his teenage daughter and ex-wife. There have been 19 Harry Bosch novels published since 1992, including 2014’s number-one bestseller The Burning Room.
Prime members can now watch all ten episodes of Bosch as often as they would like from the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/boschtv, at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already a Prime member can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime.
Here is what customers said about the first season of Bosch:
“Great series! I loved the books, and was almost afraid to watch as sometimes it’s not as good but it is!! It is well done, cast excellent, follows the heart of the book. And Titus Welliver is the perfect Bosch. He did Bosch justice. I cannot wait for more, I hope they make many, many more.”
“Excellent! All around excellent: the casting, the acting, the writing: everything was done to perfection. Can’t wait for more.”
“I’m loving this series. And Titus Welliver has finally given me a face/person to go with my reading Michael Connelly’s Bosch series of books. The action is tight and believable, Harry Bosch is flawed, yet human. Great stories and great performances.”
“Excellent show. Really enjoyed everything about it. The characters and story lines were well developed. A home run for Michael Connelly.”
“I’ve checked out a lot of stream-able series and there are only a handful that hold my interest and impress me. Bosch totally held my interest and impressed the heck out of me. Can’t wait for more.”
What critics are saying about Bosch:
“Welliver, all confident minimalism, quietly commands your attention with his naturally fierce charisma.” – Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly
“Titus Welliver sensationally nails Harry’s gruff demeanor.” – Matt Roush, TV Guide
“So why is it so darn fun to watch? Because Welliver and other cast members make it credible, first of all, and because of the show’s unlikely nostalgic sensibility: It feels like a detective movie or TV show from another era.” – David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
“A perfect rendering of Michael Connelly’s popular series of novels…the streaming equivalent of a book you can’t put down.” – David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
“A damn good hour-long cop drama” – Dominic Patten, Deadline Hollywood
“Bosch has to be considered one of, if not the, best efforts Amazon has put forward in its venture into television programming.” – Ken Tucker, Yahoo! TV
About Amazon Studios
The second season of Bosch will join other Amazon Original Series that include Mozart in the Jungle, from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Paul Weitz, Jill Soloway’s multi-Golden Globe Award-winning dark comedy Transparent, along with the second season of the Garry Trudeau political comedy Alpha House. The studio has also launched its first live-action series for kids 6-11, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and three additional children’s series, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival Award-winning and Annie Award-winning Tumble Leaf from Bix Pix Entertainment; Creative Galaxy from Angela C. Santomero and Out of the Blue Enterprises, the creators of Blue’s Clues; and Annedroids, from Emmy nominated Sinking Ship Entertainment.
Amazon Studios has also announced eight additional, original series will premiere in 2015 and early 2016 exclusively on Prime Instant Video including Hand of God, Mad Dogs, The Man in the High Castle, docu-series The New Yorker Presents, Red Oaks, a second season of Transparent, as well as kids series Wishenpoof!, Just Add Magic, and The Stinky & Dirty Show.
In 2015 Amazon Studios will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release, followed by early window distribution on Prime Instant Video.
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