Well, it looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see what a sad, lonely zombie with a dream deferred does for an encore in her second life. After putting together a pilot episode, Amazon has passed on Sea Oak, a dark comedy starring Glenn Close as a life-jilted murder victim back from the dead to right old wrongs, Deadline reports.
The setup for Sea Oak was an interesting combination of the pedestrian and the strange: Close appeared in the pilot as Aunt Bernie, whom Amazon had pitched as “a meek, working-class woman who dies tragically in a home invasion.”
Through “sheer force of dissatisfaction,” a vindictive and irritable Bernie returns to life to begin raining terror — or at least minor inconvenience — on the people in her former life whose choices and actions made her Rust Belt existence so mopey.
“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,” Amazon says in its pilot setup.
Written by George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo), Sea Oak had secured Hiro Murai (Atlanta, Legion) as director, with Evan Dunsky (Hemlock Grove) as executive producer and showrunner for the pilot episode.
The pass on Sea Oak comes amid a batch of opt-outs on new Prime programming at Amazon, a possible sign that shows like Sea Oak — as well as Love You More (about a cabaret singer with a heart for social service) and The Climb (about an office worker who tries to shoot for glory via internet fame) — don’t represent the kind of swing-for-the-fences fare the Prime video service needs if it wants to compete with Netflix and its roster of genre hits.
According to Deadline, Amazon is still deciding whether to renew orders on a pair of existing original shows: One Mississippi and I Love Dick.