Amazon today announced it has added the Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra) produced and David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down) directed comedy Red Oaks to its third pilot season, which will debut later this year on Amazon Instant Video. Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video. Written by Gregory Jacobs (The Knick) and Joe Gangemi (Eliza Graves), Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts (22 Jump Street) as "David," an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985. Paul Reiser (Life After Beth), Richard Kind (Obvious Child), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) and Oliver Cooper (Californication) also star in the pilot.
Said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios,
"To be able to collaborate with Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green and Gregory Jacobs, three of the most highly-regarded creators in Hollywood, is an absolute pleasure. Red Oaks brings together not only top-notch talent, but also a hilarious and wonderfully written script that we think our customers will enjoy seeing come to life later this year."
Said Steven Soderbergh,
"Gregory Jacobs told me this idea on the set of Behind the Candelabra and I told him it was great and that he should start working on it immediately. Then, while we were on the set of The Knick he gave me the script he wrote with Joe Gangemi and I said, 'This is ready to go, let's find a director.' We very quickly agreed to approach David Gordon Green because the humor was sharp without being mean, and we felt he would understand and appreciate that."
Red Oaks is set in 1985, and features college student David Myers who is both reeling from his father's heart attack and conflicted about what major to declare in the fall. Myers gets a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey and while there, he meets a colorful cast of misfit co-workers and wealthy club members including an alluring art student named "Skye" (played by guest star Alexandra Socha) and her corporate raider father "Getty" (played by Paul Reiser).
A coming-of-age comedy set in the "go-go" 80s that is equal parts hijinks and heartfelt, Red Oaks is about enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end-and the future begins. Red Oaks also stars Jennifer Grey as "Judy Myers," Richard Kind as "Sam Myers," Oliver Cooper as "Steve," Gage Golightly as "Karen," and Ennis Esmer as "Nash." Guest stars include Josh Meyers and Freddie Roman.