Amazon will stream 13 new pilots, but gives 'X-Files' creator the boot

Amazon just delivered bittersweet news to fans of internet-based TV. The good: the company will stream 13 new series pilots on Prime Instant Video starting on January 15th. The mix includes seven comedies, documentaries and dramas (Cocked, Down Dog, Mad Dogs, Man in the High Castle, The New Yorker Presents, Point of Honor and Salem Rogers) as well as six kids' shows (Buddy: Tech Detective, Just Add Magic, Niko and the Sword of Light, Sara Solves It, The Stinky & Dirty Show and Table 58). As in the past, you'll get to offer feedback that might just lead to full seasons for your favorites.

The bad news? Your feedback no longer guarantees that a given show will make the cut. Variety has learned that Amazon has dropped Chris Carter's The After despite getting a strong-enough response to order a whole season. The internet giant isn't explaining its decision, but the move suggests that Amazon had second thoughts about producing the X-Files creator's apocalyptic concept. Whatever happened, you'll have fewer choices for original programming on Prime Instant Video than many expected. You might have to catch up on Downton Abbey instead.