5:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
It's Official: Amazon Orders 'Sneaky Pete' to Series
It's official: Amazon has picked up Bryan Cranston's Sneaky Pete to series.
The streaming service was rumored to have ordered the drama, originally produced as a pilot last development season for CBS, and has now confirmed the news via a press release Wednesday.
"We are excited to bring to Amazon’s customers a new compelling series headlined by Giovanni Ribisi from the minds of David Shore and Bryan Cranston," Amazon Studios vice president Roy Price said. "Sneaky Pete is an incredible addition to Amazon’s expanding drama slate and we are eager for its premiere in 2016."
From Sony Pictures Television, the drama from Cranston and Shore (House) stars Giovanni Ribisi as a conman who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cell-mate, Pete. Cranston has a cameo in the pilot.
The drama is a co-production between Amazon Studios and SPT. It was originally passed over at CBS in May during the upfronts, resulting in a bidding war between cable networks and streaming services. Amazon landed the drama, co-starring Marin Ireland and Margo Martindale, following the bidding war.
The drama was one of two pilots to be posted to Amazon in August and debuted to strong reviews. The other, Casanova starring Diego Luna, is still in contention.
For Amazon, Sneaky Pete joins a roster of original scripted programming that also includes Emmy winner Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Hand of God, Red Oaks and The Man in the High Castle, among others.
Watch the Sneaky Pete trailer, below.