Amazon Announces Lineup for its 2016 Comedy Pilot Season

Three new half-hour pilots will debut August 19 on Amazon Video and
customers are once again invited to stream and review the shows to help
determine which will become an Amazon Original Series

Pilots come from noted creators including Peter Atencio, Ben
, Barry Josephson, Ridley Scott, and Jill
, and star prominent actors including Kevin Bacon, Jean-Claude
Van Damme
, Kathryn Hahn, and Jackie Earle Haley

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced the lineup for its 2016 comedy
pilot season which will debut August 19 in the US, UK, Germany, Austria,
and Japan. Amazon customers can expect more variety than ever in an
Amazon pilot season, including shows I Love Dick, based on the
renowned feminist novel about a couple’s marital struggles in the
artistic and academic community of Marfa, Texas; Jean-Claude Van
, where martial arts film star Jean-Claude
Van Damme
operates under the alias of “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” to
serve as the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world;
and The Tick, an offbeat and dark superhero tale based on the
acclaimed comic.

All Amazon customers are invited to stream and review the pilots in
order to help choose the next Amazon Original Series that are then
available to Prime members. The pilots will be available via the Amazon
Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, and mobile
devices, or online at
Amazon customer feedback on pilots have helped make some of the most
critically-acclaimed and popular series to date, including multi Golden
Globe and Emmy-winning series Transparent, multi Golden
Globe-winning series Mozart in the Jungle, and the
most-streamed Amazon Original Series ever by Prime members globally, The
Man in the High Castle

The new pilots feature prominent actors that include Kevin
(The Following), Griffin
(Dallas Buyers Club), Kathryn
(Transparent), Jackie
Earle Haley
(Watchmen), Phylicia
(Creed), Peter
(Guardians of the Galaxy), and Jean-Claude
Van Damme
(JCVD). They come from noted creators that include Peter
(Key and Peele), Ben
(Supernatural), Barry
(Bones), Ridley
(The Martian), and Jill

“Nowhere else will voices as influential as Jill Soloway and Jean-Claude
Van Damme share a stage,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Half-Hour Series,
Amazon Studios. “And that’s just the Js. We’re excited to bring such a
diverse slate of pilots to customers and we can’t wait to hear what they

Amazon’s fall comedy pilot season includes the following shows:

I Love Dick

Adapted from the cult classic I Love Dick—referred to as “the most
important book about men and women written in the last century” (Emily
Gould, The Guardian)—is set in a colorful intellectual community
in Marfa, Texas. Chris (Kathryn
, Transparent) and Sylvere (Griffin
, Dallas Buyers Club), arrive in Marfa when Sylvere is
offered a fellowship to finish a book he’s been writing on the
Holocaust. When they meet Dick (Kevin
, The Following), he taunts their imaginations and
upends their preconceptions about love and monogamy. An exploration of
the female gaze and how we tell stories about love and desire, I
Love Dick
 charts the evolution of a marriage, the awakening of an
artist and the deification of a writer named Dick. I Love Dick is
executive produced by Jill
(Transparent), Andrea
(Transparent), and Sarah
(Ten Aker Wood). The pilot is directed by Soloway and
written by Gubbins.

Jean-Claude Van Johnson

If you need to eliminate a political rival, debilitate a
multinational corporation, or overthrow an entire government—and you
need it done with the utmost secrecy—there’s only one person to turn to:
one of the most internationally recognizable movie stars in the history
of film. Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars Jean-Claude
Van Damme
(JCVD) playing “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” a global
martial arts and film sensation…and, operating under the simple alias of
“Johnson,” the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the
world. Lucky for the world’s bad guys, he’s been retired for
years…unlucky for them, a chance encounter with a lost love is about to
bring him back to the game…and this time, he’ll be deadlier than ever.

Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars Van Damme along with Kat
(Your Family or Mine), Moises
(The Middle), and Phylicia Rashad
(Creed). The show is executive produced by Peter Atencio
(Key and Peele), Ridley
(The Good Wife), David
W. Zucker
(The Man in the High Castle) and Van Damme.
From Scott Free Productions, the pilot is directed
by Atencio and written by Dave Callaham
(Mortal Kombat).

The Tick

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog
accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a
global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this
conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. The
stars Peter
(Guardians of the Galaxy),
(Vinyl), Jackie
Earle Haley
(Watchmen), Valorie
(House of Lies), Yara
(Jane the Virgin) and Brendan
(Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben
(Supernatural), Barry
(Bones) and Barry
(A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally
(The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund. The Tick is
a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.

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