Bryan Cranston’s Sneaky Pete Gets Series Order
It may have taken a little while but Bryan Cranston and David Shore’s hour-long pilot Sneaky Pete has finally been commissioned for a series after Amazon picked up the show from Sony TV.
The Giovanni Ribisi-starring opening episode revolves around a con man (Ribisi) who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself — and discovering a family life he’s never had.
The co-production between Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures TV was originally developed and piloted by Sony for CBS last season, with the pilot becoming a hot commodity after CBS passed on it in May. However, Amazon ultimately landed the project, funding some reshoots before putting the pilot up online to largely positive response.
Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Peter Gerety, Libe Barer and Shane McRae all star in the project, written by Shore from a story by him and Cranston. It is being executively produced by Shore, Cranston, James Degus, Erin Gunn and Seth Gordon, who also directed the pilot which featured Cranston as a guest star.
Sneaky Pete is one of two pilots Amazon put on its Instant Video platform for viewing on August 7, along with Casanova, which stars Diego Luna as the famous playboy, though while Sneaky Pete will be moving forward with a first series, Casanova remains in contention with an order for additional scripts.