Mad Dogs

Amazon announces premiere date for Mad Dogs

The drama will join the SVOD's growing slate of originals such as Transparent and The Man in the High Castle.
December 9, 2015

Amazon is about to add another dramatic series to its roster of originals.

Mad Dogs will roll out in full on the SVOD in all territories in January. The premiere episode is now available to stream for Prime members as of Dec. 9, with the remaining nine episodes appearing Jan. 22.

The series was created by Cris Cole (The Good Times are Killing Me) and is executive produced by Cole, Shawn Ryan (The Shield), Marney Hochman (Last Resort) Andy Harris (Strikeback), Suzanne Mackie (Kinky Boots) and Charles McDougall (The Good Wife). It is based on the 2011 U.K. series of the same name which aired on Sky1, which Cole, Harris and Mackie all produced. The original series was nominated for a BAFTA award in 2011 for best drama serial.

In the U.S. version, former college friends Cobi (Steve Zahn, Dallas Buyers Club), Lex (Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos), Milo (Billy Zane, Titanic), Gus (Romany Malco, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Joel (Ben Chaplin, The Thin Red Line) gather to celebrate Milo’s early retirement at a villa in Belize. It doesn’t take long before old grudges resurface and old secrets are revealed, with their trip descending into a web of lies, deception and murder. Executive producer Shawn Ryan called the series “comedic, albeit dark” in a statement.

The show was first announced in February 2015, as a part of Amazon’s pilot program in which it screens pilots and weighs viewer response to the programs. In September, Amazon launched another round of pilots for testing including Bob Nelson’s Highston and Shane Black’s Edge.

Amazon made headlines Dec. 8 when it announced that it will partner with various small SVODs such as Showtime, Starz and DramaFever to allow people to subscribe to additional services on top of Amazon Video, with all of their content and billing aggregated.

Though Amazon’s slate of originals is smaller compared to its main SVOD competitor Netflix, it has recently greenlit originals from several high-profile producers, including Trial from David E. Kelley and The Collection from Oliver Goldstick. The second season of its Emmy award-winning original, Transparent, will premiere Dec. 11.

The trailer for Mad Dogs is below:

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