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Amazon Passes On “Sea Oak” Series

Last month, Amazon Studios quietly dropped the pilot episode for “Sea Oak”, a genre-bending zombedy from renowned author and creator George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo).

Emmy-winner Glenn Close (The Girl With All the Gifts) stars as Aunt Bernie, a working-class woman in a Rust Belt city (meek, unmarried, no kids) who dies tragically in a home invasion. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage, determined to get the life she never had. She proceeds to inflict a range of demands on what’s left of her nuclear family (a quasi-stripper nephew and two feckless nieces), who live in a low-end subsidized hellhole of a housing complex called Sea Oak.

The pilot started off slow, but took a dark turn when Aunt Bernie comes back from the dead. Unfortunately, the big reveal doesn’t come until the closing minutes, could be one of the reasons Amazon decided to pass on taking it to series.

The pilot was directed by Golden Globe-winner Hiro Murai (“Atlanta”) and executive produced by Jonathan Krauss through his Affiliated Pictures banner.

The decision to pass on the three comedy pilots comes as Amazon Studios is in the midst of a major executive overhaul, explained Deadline. Over the past year or so, Amazon Studios had been shifting away from pilots toward straight-to-series orders.



  • Micah Unice

    So, so disappointing. I loved this one.

    • J Jett

      same here! very bummed about this.

  • J Jett

    this fucking sucks! i loved the SEA OAK pilot!! i was looking forward to new eps.

  • Cuesta Verde

    Well that really sucks. I loved the pilot.

  • Wil McMullen

    Damn shame! Because the pilot was pretty damn good!

  • Will Coors

    i was really interested in this, i think the pilot shit is bullshit, there was no way for us to become a fan of this show with one ep, the main point of the entire series doesn’t happen until the last few minutes! this show def deserved a chance to grow, what a shame!

  • qwef

    This is just bullshit.

    How can you pass on a show with so much talent in all cast/writting/directing.


    Really hope it gets picked up by amazon’s competition and does great numbers.

  • I was really looking forward to this going to series. Hopefully there’s nothing preventing a competitor from picking it up and running with it.

  • David Nagle

    pity , i loved it , lets hope netflix picks it up 🙂

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