Major TV networks are no longer the only outlets that create exception TV series. Over the past few years online video streaming companies like Netflix have show networks how they can create award-winning content with a similar budget, while taking a totally different approach to broadcasting and advertising, in Netflix’s case, the latter is non-existent on its service. Amazon is also on the list of companies dumping millions into original content and today it confirmed a new thriller original series for its third pilot round called Hysteria.
Starring Mena Suvari and produced by Amazon Studios, Universal Television and Alcon Television Group, Hysteria revolves around the story of a mysterious psychophysiological illness that is apparently spreading through social media. Suvari who plays neurologist Logan Harlen goes back to her hometown, Austin, Texas, to investigate the cause behind this issue all while she fights her own battles.
As Amazon has done in the past it will invite Prime members to view the pilot and vote on it before it is turned into a series. If a pilot goes through it is then produced and made available for Prime Instant Video members exclusively. The Cosmopolitans, Really and Hand of God are the three other original series that have been added in the third pilot round. Alpha House and Betas graduated from last year’s pilot round and were subsequently turned into prime time series.
Earlier today Yahoo confirmed that it has picked up Community, which NBC axed after a five season run this May, for a sixth season which airs this fall on Screen, its own online video streaming website.