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Amazon green lights five series, renews 'Mozart in the Jungle' for season 2

LOS ANGELES - Amazon Studios has ordered five new original series - including alternate-history thriller "The Man in the High castle" and dark comedy "Mad Dogs" - and has renewed drama "Mozart in the Jungle" for a second season.

The shows will premiere exclusively to Prime members in the U.S., U.K. and Germany later this year and in 2016, on Amazon's Prime Instant Video service.

The five new series are: "The Man in the High Castle, based on the Philip K. Dick alternative history novel of the same name; hour-long dark comedy "Mad Dogs"; docu-series "The New Yorker Presents"; and kids' shows "Just Add Magic" and "The Stinky & Dirty Show."

Amazon picks shows to greenlight as full series in part based on feedback on the pilots. During the "pilot season," any Amazon customer in the U.S., U.K. and Germany can watch, rate and comment on them. To date, Amazon Studios has ordered 13 series, including Golden Globe-winning "Transparent," which will return for a second season later this year.

"During the latest pilot season, Amazon customers made 'The Man in the High Castle' our most-watched pilot ever," said Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios. "These new series, including our first docu-series, are some of our most ambitious to date and I'm looking forward to their premieres in the future."