Amazon Announces Its Fall 2015 Pilots

Amazon Studios has unveiled its line-up of the six pilots it intends to premiere on the streaming giant’s service this Fall.

As per usual, users will get to vote on the pilots and thus help determine which ones will go to series. So far only a few shows have gone on to series including “Bosch,” “Transparent,” “Hand of God,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Alpha House,” “Catastrophe” and the upcoming “The Man in the High Castle” and “Red Oaks”.

David E. Kelley’s upcoming legal drama “Trial” starring Billy Bob Thornton is NOT included in this batch as it’s expected to go straight to series. This round of potential series includes:

Edge
“Lethal Weapon” scribe and “Iron Man 3” writer/director Shane Black teams with “Monster House” co-scribe Fred Dekker for this adaptation of Terry Harknett’s ultraviolent Western novel series “Edge”. Max Martini plays a Union officer turned cowboy who prowls the post-Civil War American West doling out justice

Fellow Aussies Ryan Kwanten and Yvonne Strahovski join Martini, and with 61 books in the series to date there’s no shortage of material for Black to work with.

Patriot
A political thriller about a PTSD-suffering intelligence officer (Michael Dorman) whose latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear, requiring him to assume the cover of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm. A barrage of ever-escalating fiascos jeopardizes his mission.

Terry O’Quinn plays his State Department Director of Intelligence father, Michael Chernus his young Texas congressman brother, Kathleen Munroe as his wife, Aliette Opheim as a Brussels-born homicide detective on his trail, and Kurtwood Smith as his piping firm’s stickler of a boss. The “Focus” team of Glen Ficarra, Charlie Gogolak and John Requa along with “Secret Life of Walter Mitty” scribe Steven Conrad will executive produce.

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Set in a newsroom in 1969, the true story drama follows a group of young female researchers who simply ask to be treated fairly – a request that will spark convulsive changes.

The project is inspired by the landmark sexual discrimination cases chronicled in Lynn Povich’s book of the same name. Anna Camp, Chris Diamantopoulos, Genevieve Angelson, Hunter Parrish, Jim Belushi, Erin Darke, with Joy Bryant as Eleanor Holmes Norton and Grace Gummer as Nora Ephron.

One Mississippi
Loosely inspired by comedian Tig Notaro’s life, this dark comedy follows her as she deals with the complex reentry into her childhood Mississippi hometown to deal with the unexpected death of her mother.

Noah Harpster, John Rothman and Casey Wilson co-star in the project which is executive produced by Notaro, Diablo Cody and Louis CK, and Nicole Holofcener with the latter directing the pilot.

Z
A bio-series based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, a talented Southern Belle who become an icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age in the 1920s. She also meets meets and marries the then unpublished writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (Gavin Stenhouse).

The series goes through the wild parties and wicked jazz of the era along with all the alcoholism, adultery and and mental illness that followed. David Strathairn also stars, Tim Blake Nelson helmed the pilot, and “The Killing” team of Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin penned and will executive produce.

Highston
A comedy about a 19-year-old (Lewis Pullman) with a wide circle of celebrity friends that only he can see. His parents (Mary Lynn Rajskub and Chris Parnell) force him to get psychiatric help, but his Uncle Billy (Curtis Armstrong) thinks he’s just fine.

The concept allows for cameos with Shaquille O’Neal and Flea popping up in the pilot. “Nebraska” scribe Bob Nelson pens the project which “Little Miss Sunshine” helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris directed and which Sacha Baron Cohen executive produces.

Source: Amazon