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Hand of God: Is Amazon's Newest Drama Heaven or Hell?

Hand of God: Is Amazon's Newest Drama Heaven or Hell?
Is Pernell Harris, the crooked judge who suddenly undergoes a religious conversion in Amazon’s Hand of God, losing his mind or tapping into the divine?

It’s a complicated question — and not one that’s answered by the end of the drama’s first episode (which, along with the rest of Season 1, premiered on the streaming video service Friday).

We want to know what you thought of the premiere, which was created by Ben Watkins (Burn Notice) and directed by Marc Forster (World War Z). But first, a quick rundown of the episode:

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Hand of God: Ron Perlman wrestles with morality and religion in Amazon’s new drama

The star of Hellboy takes a leap of faith with his new drama, in which a deeply troubled small-town judge turns to a particularly unhinged form of spirituality

This blog contains spoilers for the pilot episode of Hand of God, available since last year on Amazon Instant Video. The full 10-episode series is available from today.

The guy who played Hellboy, going through hell. That could be the one-line pitch for Hand of God, Amazon’s latest self-funded foray into original drama. After last year’s bleak pilot, the full 10-episode first season is available to righteously binge on from today. It stars deeply furrowed character actor Ron Perlman as a notorious hanging judge in San Vicente, the (fictional) Californian town his ancestors helped establish. But the big man with the gavel has unravelled – his son has been in a coma for seven months and counting, the result of a
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Hand of God: 5 Things to Know About Amazon's Dark Look at Faith

Hand of God: 5 Things to Know About Amazon's Dark Look at Faith
Despite Hand of God‘s Old Testament-esque title… and the presence of a pastor as one of its main characters… and the fact that its protagonist thinks a higher power is communicating with him via signs and wonders… the new Amazon drama is no holy roller, cast member Garret Dillahunt says.

“It’s oddly not a show about religion as much as it is about man’s interpretation of it, or twisting it to his own ends,” says the Raising Hope alum, who plays Kd, a former white supremacist whose introduction to Christianity hasn’t completely bled him of his violent tendencies.
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Bryan Cranston's Sneaky Pete pilot for Amazon to get full series

The Breaking Bad star might be more associated with dark drama, but the new show he has co-created has the breezy feel of an old-fashioned network TV show – and is all the better for it

For all its merits, the Golden Age of TV has become a pretty oppressive place to live. Without knowing it, we’ve become walled in by millions of tortured dramas about troubled men driven to do terrible things, each striving to be more tortured and troubled and terrible than the last.

Tomorrow, for instance, Amazon will release Hand of God, a series about a mentally ill judge who decides to become a brutal vigilante following his son’s botched suicide attempt. Even if you really like dark dramas, that’s an incredibly dark jumping-off point; one that you’re unlikely to be able to manage without at least a couple of stiff drinks and a decent run-up.
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Ron Perlman Talks Hand of God's Take on Faith, Sons of Anarchy Series Finale: 'When I Was Done, I Was Done'

Ron Perlman Talks Hand of God's Take on Faith, Sons of Anarchy Series Finale: 'When I Was Done, I Was Done'
Never in a million years would Hand of God‘s Judge Pernell Harris ride free or die alongside Sons of Anarchy‘s Clay Morrow.

But Ron Perlman, the actor responsible for bringing both characters to life, sees a little Samcro in Harris’ soul.

“I think they have a good deal in common,” Perlman says, settling back onto a couch at New York’s Bryant Park Hotel. We’re both there to talk about Hand of God, the Amazon series in which he plays a corrupt judge who has a powerful religious revelation following his son’s suicide attempt. But for a moment,
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Bryan Cranston's Sneaky Pete Gets Amazon Series Order

Bryan Cranston's Sneaky Pete Gets Amazon Series Order
The con is on at Amazon.

The streaming service has given a series order to Sneaky Pete, a drama from EPs Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House) that stars Giovanni Ribisi as a man who hides from his debtors once he leaves prison — by assuming the identity of a cellmate. Our sister site Deadline broke the news.

RelatedDana Delany Previews Amazon’s Haunting Hand of God, Makes Serious Pitch for Desperate Housewives Musical

Sneaky Pete was originally developed by CBS, but when the Eye network passed on it, Amazon stepped in and aired the pilot last month,
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Bryan Cranston’s ‘Sneaky Pete’ Scores Amazon Series Order

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Bryan Cranston’s ‘Sneaky Pete’ Scores Amazon Series Order
Bryan Cranston‘s Amazon show “Sneaky Pete” has landed a series order from the online retailer and production studio, according to media reports. The show stars Giovanni Ribisi, Margo Martindale and Ethan Embry, among others. Cranston guest stars and executive produces the crime comedy’s pilot, which is also exec produced by David Shore, Seth Gordon, James Degus and Erin Gunn. “Sneaky Pete” revolves around a con-man (Ribisi) who assumes the identity of his prison cellmate, and cons his way into a family bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer,
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‘Sneaky Pete’ Gets Amazon Series Order; More Scripts For ‘Casanova’

‘Sneaky Pete’ Gets Amazon Series Order; More Scripts For ‘Casanova’
It may have taken four months longer, but Bryan Cranston and David Shore’s hourlong pilot Sneaky Pete got where it was looking to get last spring — with a series order. I hear Amazon is picking up to series the Giovanni Ribisi-starring pilot, from Sony Pictures TV. It was one of two pilots Amazon put on its Instant Video platform for viewing on August 7, along with Casanova, starring Diego Luna as the famous playboy. I hear Casanova remains in contention with an order…
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TV News: Remorse, Pete, Nickelodeon, Gotham

Survivor's Remorse

Starz has renewed its critically acclaimed but little seen comedy "Survivor's Remorse" for a third season. The second season recently kicked off with new ratings highs, and the most recent episode grew again to 1.34 million Live + Same Day viewers. Jessie T. Usher stars in the comedy as a basketball star negotiating his family's needs with his meteoric rise. [Source: The Live Feed]

Sneaky Pete

Amazon has given a series order to "Sneaky Pete," the Giovanni Ribisi and Bryan Cranston-led drama series that CBS ordered to pilot and then passed on.

Cranston and David Shore are producing the series about a conman who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cell-mate Pete. [Source: The Live Feed]

Nickelodeon

Viacom-owned children's programmer Nickelodeon is reportedly considering ways to reboot a small handful of its oldest programs. Russell Hicks, president of content and development at Nickelodeon, says: "We are looking at our library to bring back ideas,
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Galaxy Quest Series Lands at Amazon

Galaxy Quest Series Lands at Amazon
By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall get your Galaxy Quest series.

RelatedGalaxy Quest Series in Development

As reported back in April, Paramount Television was developing a TV series based on the aforementioned 1999 film. Now, EW.com reports, the smaller-screen Galaxy Quest has touched down at Amazon, home to such originals as the acclaimed Transparent, Bosch and Alpha House.

The Galaxy Quest movie starred Tim Allen (now on Last Man Standing), Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and Sam Rockwell as cast members of a Star Trek-like series that has long been off the air.
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Maria Bello, Lost Actress Join Amazon Legal Drama From David E. Kelley

Maria Bello, Lost Actress Join Amazon Legal Drama From David E. Kelley
Maria Bello and Tania Raymonde have a (court) date with The Trial.

The actresses have been cast in Amazon’s forthcoming legal drama from David E. Kelley (The Practice), per The Hollywood Reporter.

The Trial follows Billy McBride (played by Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo), whose guilt over losing a murder case has driven him to become an alcoholic, which in turn has cost him his wife — Bello’s Julie, an attorney herself — and his job. Over the course of the series, which is heading toward a 10-episode, straight-to-series order, Billy brings a case against his former law partner ands starts to get his groove back.
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Maria Bello Joins David E Kelley’s ‘Trial’ on Amazon

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Maria Bello Joins David E Kelley’s ‘Trial’ on Amazon
Maria Bello is set to star in David E. Kelley’s Amazon drama series ‘Trial.’ The “Prime Suspect” actress will star opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the legal drama co-written by “The Practice” creator and his partner Jonathan Shapiro. “Trial” follows Thornton as Billy McBride, a washed-up lawyer whose professional life is turned upside down when a young lawyer who has just been fired from his old firm brings him a wrongful death case that pits him against the head of his former firm. Also read: Bryan Cranston Wants His Money Back in Amazon's 'Sneaky Pete' Trailer (Video
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The Televerse #207- The Wonder Years with Ricky D

The transition between early and late summer programming continues, giving us a few premieres and finales to discuss this week on the podcast. The Televerse is also in transition: After a special announcement from Simon, we look at an entertaining week in comedy, including particularly strong installments of Rick and Morty and Review, among others, and a full week in drama, including the premiere of David Simon’s Show Me a Hero and the finales of Humans and Rectify. Then, SoS’Editor-in-Chief Ricky D returns to the DVD Shelf to help us sing the praises of one of the all-time great coming-of-age dramedies, the woefully under-discussed The Wonder Years.

Our Week in Comedy (5:40-19:19): Rick and Morty, Difficult People, Playing House, Last Week Tonight, Married, Review

Our Week in Genre and Drama (20:15-1:58:18): Sneaky Pete pilot, Show Me a Hero premiere, Masters of Sex,
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Podcast: Reviewing 'Fantastic Four', Chatting Movie Franchise, Theater Shootings & More

Today's episode comes in at almost a perfect two hours, just a shade over as we review Fantastic Four, have a long chat about the best movie franchises and what exactly constitutes a franchise in the first place. We have a couple voicemails, rube stories will be told, Laremy talks TV, news will be discussed, games played and even more on top of that. Update: The Patreon has been canceled for reasons that will be revealed very soon, but we still want to send a big thank you to those of you that supported the site when we went with a premium podcast and again started signing up to support the Patreon. It was with a heavy heart that we had to end it. Thank You Patrons! Trevor S. First Patron! Mitch Brodie Mike Matthew Adam Tim Stuart Thom Casey Russell David Kaleb Zack Paula Oren Mason Ryan Trevor M.
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What Godzilla Did Wrong, According To Bryan Cranston

Last year.s big Godzilla revival currently exists as one of the biggest hits of Bryan Cranston.s career, and the actor has spoken out about both his appreciation of the movie and all of its success. As it turns out, however, he does have one major issue with the film . and that.s the fact that his character is killed off so early in the movie. Currently promoting his Amazon pilot Sneaky Pete, Cranston was recently a guest on the Nerdist Podcast, and it was while discussing his character.s surprisingly early check-out time that the actor expressed his major issue with Godzilla. He wasn.t even blunt about it in any respect, simply stating, That character dying at that time was a mistake. It was. It was a mistake. I knew it when I read it. When I read it, I said, .Oh, page 50, this character - who
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Amazon Studios Premieres New Pilots For ‘Casanova,’ ‘Sneaky Pete’

As it has built up its library of original programming, Amazon Studios has used “pilot seasons,” in which multiple potential shows premiere at the same time, to its advantage. After debuting its fifth pilot season earlier this year, Amazon is following up with a mini-season that includes two pilots. It has shared the first episodes of Casanova and Sneaky Pete and has welcomed viewer feedback on both of them.

Both of Amazon’s new dramas come with big names attached. Casanova, which was first attached to Amazon in January, will follow the life of the titular 18th century Venetian libertine, with particular attention paid to his time in “exile” in Paris. It comes from veteran TV producer Ben Silverman, features Amelie’s Jean-Pierre Jeunet in the director’s chair, and stars Diego Luna of Y Tu Mama Tambien fame.

Sneaky Pete, on the other hand, follows a con man who
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Stream New Amazon Pilots 'Casanova' and 'Sneaky Pete'

Stream New Amazon Pilots 'Casanova' and 'Sneaky Pete'
Amazon Studios wants you to decide the fate of its new shows, per its usual crowdsourcing development process. Will these get a full series order? That's up to audiences. This weekend, you can stream Jean-Pierre Jeunet's pilot "Casanova," starring Diego Luna as the 18th-century playboy as he flees to Paris. Exiled from Venice at the dawn of the Enlightenment, he hopes to put his past behind him. Co-stars are Bojana Novakovic, Miranda Richardson and Ben Daniels. Stuart Zicherman of "The Americans" penned the script. Executive producers Bryan Cranston and David Shore's "Sneaky Pete," a drama pilot rejected by CBS, stars Giovanni Ribisi as a con man fresh out of prison who assumes the identity of his cellmate and moves in with his family. Co-stars are Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer and Shane McRae, and it's directed by Seth Gordon, who helmed "Horrible Bosses." "House" writer David Shore penned the.
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Bryan Cranston is back on TV, but is Sneaky Pete worth a peek?

Giovanni Ribisi stars as a conman in deep with a family of bounty hunters in this Amazon pilot, which also features an appearance by the Breaking Bad star. But will that be enough to claim those all-important user ratings?

Spoiler alert: this blog contains details from the pilot episode of Sneaky Pete, which is available to view free on Amazon Prime Instant Video

In Breaking Bad, he was the one who knocks. Then, with his armful of best actor Emmys and a last-gasp Golden Globe, Bryan Cranston knocked TV on the head, cashing in on the sustained critical hoopla surrounding Bb’s lopped-in-half final season to rack up some movie roles. He was a sporadic goodie in the sporadically good Godzilla update, and a roaring baddie in the roaringly bad Total Recall reboot.

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‘Casanova’ Trailer Puts Diego Luna’s Allure on Display as 18th-Century Playboy (Video)

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‘Casanova’ Trailer Puts Diego Luna’s Allure on Display as 18th-Century Playboy (Video)
Diego Luna embodies the renowned 18th-century Italian playboy for Amazon original pilot “Casanova,” which the company will debut Friday along with the pilot for “Sneaky Pete,” starring Giovanni Ribisi. Amazon released a new trailer Thursday, which underscores Luna’s allure, as he woos the lovely ladies of the Enlightenment. The series is an account of the historical figure’s exile from Venice, Italy. Casanova flees to Paris and finds himself seduced by the same temptations and opportunities for trouble. Also Read: Bryan Cranston Wants His Money Back in Amazon's 'Sneaky Pete' Trailer (Video) Oscar-nominated director Jean Pierre Jeunet
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First trailer for Bryan Cranston-co-created Amazon pilot Sneaky Pete

Ahead of its debut on Amazon Prime tomorrow, Sony Entertainment has released the first trailer for the upcoming pilot Sneaky Pete which stars Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale and Bryan Cranston (who also co-creates). You can check it out below…

From Executive Producers David Shore and Bryan Cranston, Sneaky Pete revolves around a con-man (Giovanni Ribisi) who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself—and discovering a family life he’s never had.

Sneaky Pete is set to premiere on Amazon Prime August 7th.
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