True Blood Star Lands Lead in New Amazon Pilot

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Amazon Studios is whipping up a new drama pilot about a family-owned gun manufacturing business, and it's set to star a True Blood alum.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Sam Trammell, who plays Sam Merlotte on HBO's extremely popular vampire series, is set to star in the pilot for Cocked, which is being created by Samuel Baum of Lie to Me acclaim.

Here's how THR summarizes the new role:

Trammell will star as Richard Paxson, the man who after years of torment from his brother and father, left the family business and has been trying to work his way up a marketing firm to no avail. He has an amazing immediate family that he has worked to keep separate from his extended one for years -- until he is forced back into the family gun manufacturing business.

True Blood will premiere its seventh and final season on June 22nd.

Amazon has been quietly (at least in comparison to Netflix's monster originals) stepping up its game in the original programming department. They recently greenlit a handful of drama pilots, including one from X-Files creator Chris Carter called The After. Earlier this month, two new pilots began filming–Hand of God, featuring Hellboy's Ron Perlman and a law-bending judge, and The Cosmopolitans, a dramedy starring Adam Brody and Chloë Sevigny.

Amazon also made a huge move to acquire third-party content this week, inking a deal with HBO to be the exclusive carrier (outside of HBO GO, of course) of classic shows like The Sopranos and The Wire, as well as later seasons of hits like Girls.

As for Trammell, he's currently pushing to fund a movie via Kickstarter.

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