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Fresh off its first two Primetime Emmy wins, Amazon Studios has announced the lineup for its upcoming fall pilot season.
Amazon has yet to announce the release date of its six new pilots, but they are expected to hit Prime Instant Video for free viewing later this fall, at which point viewers will be able to weigh in on which shows they want to see receive full-season orders.
Among the new half-hour pilots are Highston, from Bob Nelson (Nebraska), directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) and executive producer Sacha Baron Cohen; One Mississippi, from executive producers Louis C.K., Tig Notaro, Diablo Cody and executive producer/director Nicole Holofcener; and Z, from Dawn Prestwich (The Killing) and Nicole Yorkin (The Killing), produced by Pam Koffler and Christine Vachon (Still Alice) and directed by Tim Blake Nelson (Anesthesia).
The hour-long pilots include Patriot (working title), from Steven Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Weather Man), the cast of which includes Lost alum Terry O’Quinn; Good Girls Revolt, written by Dana Calvo (Made in Jersey) and starring Anna Camp, Jim Belushi, Joy Bryant, Hunter Parrish and Grace Gummer, with Lynda Obst among the executive producers; and Edge, from Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3) and Fred Dekker (Tales from the Crypt, Star Trek: Enterprise).
“Our latest pilot season brings together a diverse group of shows that we think customers will really enjoy,” Amazon Studios vp Roy Price said in a statement. “We have something for everyone in this season and I am excited to see which shows spark conversation amongst our customers and what they want to be made into series.”
Not among the upcoming slate is David E. Kelley‘s The Trial. The legal drama starring Billy Bob Thornton was picked up straight to series this summer. The fall slate comes two months after Amazon released the pilots of Bryan Cranston-produced Sneaky Pete and Diego Luna starrer Casanova for viewing. Amazon has subsequently picked up Sneaky Pete, originally developed for CBS, and ordered more scripts for Casanova.
One Mississippi, executive produced by C.K., Notaro and Cody, was co-written by Notaro and stars the comedian in a semi-autobiographical story of a woman who, still reeling from her own declining health, returns to her childhood hometown of Bay Saint Lucille, Mississippi to deal with the unexpected death of her mother, the one person who actually understood her. Casey Wilson stars as Tig’s girlfriend Brooke, Transparent‘s Noah Harpster plays Tig’s older brother and The Devil Wears Prada‘s John Rothman plays her emotionally distant stepfather. The Hollywood Reporter previously reported that Holofcener would helm the pilot. The comedy, which was initially set up as a script deal at FX but moved to Amazon, hails from C.K.’s FX Productions-based Pig Newton banner. Dave Becky of 3 Arts and Blair Breard (Louie) are also executive producers.
Patriot is the working title for Amazon’s political thriller starring O’Quinn, who plays a State Department director of intelligence and the father of intelligence officer John Tavner (Australian newcomer Michael Dorman), whose latest assignment is to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. The cast also includes Michael Chernus, Kathleen Munroe, Aliette Opheim and Kurtwood Smith. Patriot was written and directed by Conrad and executive produced by Conrad, Gil Bellows (Temple Grandin), Glen Ficarra, Charlie Gogolak and John Requa.
Good Girls Revolt, set in 1969, follows a group of young female researchers at “News of the Week” who seek to be treated fairly, a pursuit that ultimately upends marriages, careers and various relationships. The show was inspired landmark sexual discrimination cases chronicled in Lynn Povich‘s The Good Girls Revolt, and features actors playing a number of real people including Eleanor Holmes Norton (Bryant) and Nora Ephron (Gummer). Belushi will play Wick McFadden. The pilot also features Pitch Perfect‘s Camp, Weeds‘ Parrish, Silicon Valley‘s Chris Diamantopoulos, Erin Darke and Genevieve Angelson. A co-production with TriStar Television, Good Girls Revolt was written and created by Calvo, directed by Liza Johnson (Return), and executive produced by Calvo, Obst, Darlene Hunt (The Big C), Don Kurt (Justified) and Jeff Okin (Dark Skies, Stanley Park).
Edge, based on George G. Gilman‘s best-selling, western book series of the same name, is set in 1868 and stars Max Martini as Josiah “Edge” Hedges, a Union officer turned cowboy who enacts his own strange and violent brand of justice. The cast also includes True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten and Astronaut Wives Club‘s Yvonne Strahovski. The show was developed and written by Dekker and Black, with the pilot directed by Black, and executive produced by Black, Dekker, Barry Josephson (Bones, Turn: Washington Spies) and David Greenblatt (Battle Los Angeles).
Highston is a family comedy centered around 19-year-old Highston Liggetts (Lewis Pullman) who has a number of celebrity friends that only he can see. His parents, played by Mary Lynn Rajskub and Chris Parnell, force him to get psychiatric help but his uncle Billy (Curtis Armstrong) thinks he’s fine. The pilot guest stars Shaquille O’Neal and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and was written by Nelson, directed by Dayton and Faris and executive produced by Cohen, Todd Hoffman (Love Stinks), Nelson and Todd Schulman (Bruno).
Z is a half-hour bio-series based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald (Christina Ricci) and her passionate love affair with author F. Scott Fitzgerald (Gavin Stenhouse). Guest stars in the pilot include David Strathairn, Kristine Nielsen (Savages), Maya Kazan (The Knick), Sarah Schenkkan (30 Rock), Jamie Anne Allman (The Killing) and Holly Curran. Z was written by Prestwich and Yorkin, directed by Nelson, and executive produced by Ricci and Koffler and Vachon of Killer Films.
If these pilots are picked up to series, the full series will be released on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video streaming service, which is included in the e-commerce giant’s $99 a year Amazon Prime subscription.
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