Amazon Video is launching yet another pilot season, this time focusing on comedy. On Aug. 19, it will debut three new half-hour pilots from creators Peter Atencio (“Key & Peele”) Ben Edlund (“Supernatural”), Barry Josephson (“Bones”), Ridley Scott (“The Good Wife,” “The Martian,” “Blade Runner”) and Jill Soloway (“Transparent”) featuring a lineup of stars including Kevin Bacon, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kathryn Hahn and Jackie Earle Haley
As part of Amazon’s pilot program, the shows will be available to Amazon Prime subscribers and non-subscribers alike in in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan. Amazon will weigh the number of views and direct viewer feedback in determining which shows to greenlight as series available exclusively to Prime subscribers.
Amazon’s fall comedy pilot season includes:
“I Love Dick”
Adapted from Chris Kraus’ 1997 novel of the same name, the pilot focuses on a couple, Chris (Kathryn Hahn, “Transparent”) and Sylvere (Griffin Dunne, “After Hours, “Dallas Buyers Club”), that moves to Marfa, Texas, where Sylvere has been offered a fellowship to finish a book he’s been writing on the Holocaust. There, they meet Dick (Kevin Bacon), who upends their preconceptions about love and monogamy.
The pilot was directed by Jill Soloway from a script by Sarah Gubbins (“Ten Aker Wood”). Soloway and Gubbins also executive produce, along with Andrea Sperling (“Transparent”).
“Jean-Claude Van Johnson”
Top 1990s martial arts star Jean-Claude Van Damme attempts a tongue-in-cheek comeback as the title character in “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” a martial arts star who is really “the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world.”
It also stars Kat Foster (“Your Family or Mine”), Moises Arias (“The Middle”) and Phylicia Rashad (“Creed”). Produced by Scott Free Productions, the pilot was directed by Peter Atencio from a script by Dave Callaham (“Mortal Kombat”) and executive produced by Atencio, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker (“The Good Wife,” “The Man in the High Castle”) and Van Damme.
Ben Edlund takes a third crack at adapting his blue-suited, underdog comic book character — first seen as the mascot for the New England Comics store chain in 1986 — to the small screen. The first was an animated version that was part of the Fox Kids programming block from 1994 to ’96. The second was a short-lived live action version starting Patrick Warburton (“Seinfeld,” “Rules of Engagement”) that ran on Fox in prime time for a single season (2001–2002).
The new version of “The Tick” stars Peter Serafinowicz (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Griffin Newman (“Vinyl”), Jackie Earle Haley (“Watchmen,” “The Bad News Bears”), Valorie Curry (“House of Lies”), Yara Martinez (“Jane the Virgin”) and Brendan Hines (“Scorpion”).
Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (“Inception, “The Dark Knight”) directed from a script by Edlund. A co-production with Sony Pictures Television, the pilot was executive produced by Edlund, Barry Josephson (“Bones”) and Barry Sonnenfeld (“Men in Black,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events”), who also exec produced the previous live action series adaptation.
Last month, Amazon premiered its spring pilot season, which included a pair of one hour-pilots adapted from acclaimed novels, “The Last Tycoon” and “The Interestings,” and a sextet of kids programs, including a reboot of Sid & Marty Krofft‘s ’70s live action series “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” and the animated shows “The Curious Kitty and Friends,” “Jazz Duck,” “Morris and the Cow,” “Toasty Tales” and “Little Big Awesome.”