Mad Dogs, the dark comedy from Amazon Studios, released their first official trailer. The trailer starts off like any Adam Sandler vacation comedy, but gives more production value and less slapstick humor.
Here’s the trailer:
Mad Dogs is based on a U.K. series of the same name that ran from 2011-2013 for four seasons. According to an article published by Variety, Amazon has brought on several of the crew from the original production including Andy Harries, Suzanne Mackie, and creator Cris Cole as executive producers. Shawn Ryan, known for The Shield, is credited as the showrunner.
Steve Zahn, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, and Ben Chaplin make up the group of clueless and hopeless 40-somethings. The trailer shows viewers glimpses of dark events, with blood and scary night scenes. Intercut this with Zahn’s signature yelling and screaming for comedic relief, and the show will appeal to a wide audience. In terms of the main cast, outrage over lack of diversity is waved away with Romany Malco as the ‘token black guy.’ It’s important to note Malco is actually West Indian, as stated by his IMDB page. The trailer also gives viewers a look at a few non-stereotypical supporting female roles, and this provides hope for rounding out the cast.
Mad Dogs air on January 22, 2016 and is produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures TV.