Amazon Prime’s First Weekly Series Soon to Launch

The Violet Hour’s Aaron Eckhart and Marthe Keller.

Amazon Prime’s first weekly series, The Romanoffs, will stream Fridays from October 12.

Created, written, directed and executive produced by nine-time Emmy award winner Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), the anthology features eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.

It was shot on location in seven countries across Europe, the Americas, and the Far East, with each story unfolding in a new location with a new cast.

According to The Hollywood Report, the eight-episode series cost $US50 million to make and reunited Weiner with 13 of Mad Men’s producers, writers, casting directors and costume designers.

Unlike other Amazon series, The Romanoffs won’t be released all at once — instead, in a rarity for the streamer, episodes will roll out weekly a la traditional TV.

Here’s the running order of the episodes:

  • The Violet Hour (October 12): Set in Paris, an ancestral home holds the key to a family’s future. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Marthe Keller, Ines Melab and Louise Bourgoin.
  • The Royal We (October 12): With their marriage in a rut, a couple finds their own temptations. Starring Corey Stoll, Kerry Bishé, Janet Montgomery and Noah Wyle.
  • House of Special Purpose (October 19): A movie star and a director go head to head in a battle over what’s real. Starring Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Huppert, Jack Huston, Mike Doyle and Paul Reiser.
  • Expectation (October 26): Over a single day in New York City, a woman is confronted by every lie she ever told. Starring Amanda Peet, John Slattery, Emily Rudd, Jon Tenney, Mary Kay Place and Michael O’Neill.
  • Bright and High Circle (November 2): A trusted friend under suspicion tests the loyalty of a tightly knit community. Starring Diane Lane, Ron Livingston, Andrew Rannells, Cara Buono and Nicole Ari Parker.
  • Panorama (November 9): In Mexico City, an idealistic reporter falls in love with his mysterious subject. Starring Juan Pablo Castañeda, Radha Mitchell and Griffin Dunne.
  • End of the Line (November 16): On a trip abroad to pursue their legacy, a couple faces destruction. Starring Kathryn Hahn, Jay R. Ferguson, Annet Mahendru and Clea DuVall.
  • The One That Holds Everything (November 23): In a story that circles the globe, a man tries to escape a family curse. Starring Hugh Skinner, Adele Anderson, Hera Hilmar, Ben Miles and JJ Feild.

No word yet on when another of Amazon’s big gambits, Homecoming, will premiere but it’s among the series Amazon Prime is promoting with a teaser trailer.

Based on the podcast of the same name, it’s a mind-bending psychological thriller about a case worker at a support centre that helps soldiers transition back to civilian life — but which is run by an ambitious company man whose manic demands point to questionable motives.

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail directs Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale and Sissy Spacek.

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