*Amazon.com’s streaming service is getting into the original series business with the order of three comedy pilots – among them, one from NFL star turned morning TV host Michael Strahan.
“The Outlaws,” from writers Jeremy Garelick (“The Break-Up”) and Jon Weinbach (“The Other Dream Team”), focuses on the ins and outs of a pro football team from the perspective of both the players and the back office. Matt Alvarez and Strahan will executive produce.
“It’s been great transforming this story into a pilot with the help of Amazon,” Garelick said. “We have found Amazon’s support for original and edgy content to be second to none; the opportunity to blend crushing comedy and hits is endless. We want to make ‘Outlaws’ the show that everyone will love — not just football fans.”
The streaming service has also ordered to pilot “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Transparent.” The pickups come as Amazon Studios is poised to launch its first original scripted comedies, “Alpha House” and “Betas,” in the fall. The three projects join a rapidly growing slate as the service continues to bulk up on originals to compete with fellow streaming companies Netflix and Hulu.