Riding high on a handful of Emmy wins for its celebrated comedy Transparent, Amazon has announced collaborations with a wide array of creative veterans from the worlds of both TV and film. The company is only trotting out six pilots — that's on the low end compared to earlier pilot seasons, where they've cracked double digits — but it's compensating by working with familiar, respected forces. Sacha Baron Cohen, Louis CK, and Nicole Holofcener are all involved in half-hour pilots, and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black is directing and developing an hour-long post-Civil War western called Edge.
Some of the other notable pilots include FX co-production One Mississippi, a "dark comedy" that follows comedian Tig Notaro as she returns to her Mississippi hometown to grapple with her mother's death and family; Z, a bio-series that stars Christina Ricci as Golden Age icon Zelda Fitzgerald; and Highston, in which a teen is surrounded by imaginary celebrity pals like Shaquille O'Neal and Flea. (They're guest starring in the pilot.)
There's no guarantee any of these shows move past the pilot phase
Of course, there's no guarantee that any of these shows will receive a full series order. Just like it's done with each new pilot season, Amazon is inviting viewers to watch the pilots and give feedback. It'll use that feedback and its own data collection to determine which pilots are made into full seasons for Amazon Prime subscribers. It's the same process that led to Transparent and new series Red Oaks and The Man in the High Castle, and now it's earned the company major awards. There's no official release date for the pilots yet, but Amazon has them scheduled for debuts "later this year."