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Grab your notebook and don your best critic’s turtleneck — streaming service Lovefilm is offering a fresh selection of TV pilots for you to judge.

The shows are produced by Amazon Studios, which last year had the wizard wheeze of offering a selection of pilots through Lovefilm (which Amazon owns), and letting the online masses choose which would become fully-fledged series’.

Among the new clutch of pilots is a two-hour drama pilot called The After, born of the intellectual loins of X-Files creator Chris Carter. Lovefilm says the show “follows eight strangers who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation”. Sounds like life at the CNET UK offices, then.

Meanwhile, Bosch is based on the Harry Bosch literary series. The programme will follow a “relentless LAPD homicide detective” and stars Titus Welliver, perhaps best known as The Man in Black from Lost. As a bonus, the title of the show puts me in mind of this moment from I’m Alan Partridge.

Arrested Development‘s Jeffrey Tambor stars in the ‘darkly comedic’ Transparent, while kids will have their pick of Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and Hardboiled Eggheads, among others. Lovefilm says “customers are encouraged to watch and provide feedback on the pilots to help determine which shows should be made into series.”

Shows that prove popular with viewers will be made available exclusively on Lovefilm. Previous shows to make it past the viewer-voted pilot stage include the John Goodman-starring series Alpha House, which aired its pilot in April last year, then became a full series in November.

Which are your favourite shows, and do you prefer Lovefilm, Netflix, or good ol’ fashioned broadcast TV? Let me know in the comments below.

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