Following Amazon’s five Primetime Emmy wins, six pilots will launch from acclaimed creators this season, with a lot of comedy names involved. One Mississippi, a dark comedy based on Tig Notaro‘s life hails from Executive Producers Louis CK, Notaro, Diablo Cody and Executive Producer/Director Nicole Holofcener. One Mississippi follows Tig as she heads back to her childhood hometown of Bay Saint Lucille, Mississippi, to deal her mom’s death. Her own declining health will play prominently in the storyline as Tig struggles to deal with the loss of the only person who understood her. Joining Tig are Noah Harpster (Transparent), as her brother Remy, and John Rothman as her emotionally distant stepfather, Bill, and Casey Wilson who is playing Tig’s girlfriend Brooke. One Mississippi is being co-produced with FX Productions, and is written and executive produced by Notaro and Diablo Cody (Juno), with tons of great comedy talent on board. In addition to Louis and Tig, Blair Breard (Louie), and Dave Becky (Everybody Hates Chris) are on board as EPs.
Also on the half-hour pilot list premiering later this year is Highston from Bob Nelson and Executive Producer Sacha Baron Cohen. 19-year old Highston Liggets, played by newcomer Lewis Pullman, has a crowd of celebrity friends. The problem is nobody can see them but him. Mary Lynn Rajskub and SNL’s Chris Parnell play Highston’s parents who force him to get psychiatric treatment. The only person who understands him is is Uncle Billy, played by the always weird and wonderful Curtis Armstrong. Highston is a comedy about what it means to be normal in a world that’s anything but. The pilot features Shaquille O’Neal and Flea among Highston’s imaginary buddies. Bob Nelson wrote the pilot, and Johnathan Dayton and Valerie Faris direct.
Also on the slate is Good Girls Revolt, a story set in 1969 about a group of young women seeking to be treated fairly and ultimately sparking changes; Z, a half-hour bio-series pilot of Lost Generation legend Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald and her passionate love affair with iconic author F. Scott Fitzgerald; Edge, a western set in the post-Civil War era where one cowboy doles out his own savage brand of justice; and Patriot, a political thriller written and directed by Steven Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Weather Man).
“Our latest pilot season brings together a diverse group of shows that we think customers will really enjoy,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios. “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.”
Amazon’s fall pilot season is scheduled to debut later this year exclusively on Amazon Video. Amazon customers will be able to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see go to series.