Amazon has released first looks at its line-up for its next pilot preview season, which includes shows starring Max Martini (The Unit), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Tig Notaro and others.
As Amazon does, the pilots will premiere sometime this fall, then get a green light (or not) based on viewer feedback. Synopses/photos follow:
EDGE | Set in 1868 and based on George G. Gilman’s best-selling novel series — which has been described as “the most violent Western in print” — this drama stars Max Martini (The Unit) as Josiah “Edge” Hedges, a Union officer-turned-cowboy who prowls the post-Civil War American West, doling out a peculiar/savage justice. Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) co-star.
GOOD GIRLS REVOLT | Set in 1969 and inspired by the landmark sexual discrimination cases chronicled in Lynn Povich’s book of the same name, this series follows a group of young female newsroom researchers who simply ask to be treated fairly. The cast includes Genevieve Angelson (Backstrom), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Erin Darke (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Chris Diamantopoulos (Silicon Valley), Hunter Parrish (Weeds), Jim Belushi (Show Me a Hero), Joy Bryant (Parenthood) and Grace Gummer (The Newsroom).
HIGHSTON | Newcomer Lewis Pullman plays the title role, a 19-year-old with a wide circle of celebrity friends… that only he can see. His parents (played by 24‘s Mary Lynn Rajskub and SNL vet Chris Parnell) force him to get psychiatric help, but his Uncle Billy (Revenge of the Nerds‘ Curtis Armstrong) thinks he’s just fine. The pilot guest-stars Shaquille O’Neal and Flea (The Big Lebowski) and is written by Oscar nominee Bob Nelson (Nebraska).
ONE MISSISSIPPI | Loosely inspired by writer/comic Tig Notaro’s life and co-written by her and Diablo Cody (Juno), this dark comedy follows Tig as she deals with the complex reentry into her childhood hometown of Bay Saint Lucille, Miss., to deal with the unexpected death of her mother. Noah Harpster (Transparent), John Rothman (The Devil Wears Prada) and Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) also star.
PATRIOT | This political thriller follows intelligence officer John Tavner (Australian newcomer Michael Dorman), whose latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear— all while assuming the non-official cover of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm. Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Michael Chernus (Manhattan Project), Kathleen Munroe (Call Me Fitz), Aliette Opheim and Kurtwood Smith (That ’70s Show) also star.
Z | This bio-series is based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant 1920s Jazz Age. Christina Ricci (Monster) stars as Zelda Sayre, while Gavin Stenhouse (Allegiance) plays F. Scott Fitzgerald. Z is written by The Killing‘s Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, the pilot directed by Tim Blake Nelson (Anesthesia).