Amazon Announces Lineup for its 2016 Comedy Pilot Season | Business Wire

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

Johnson, 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-winningseries 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

Bacon (The Following), Griffin

Dunne (Dallas Buyers Club), Kathryn

Hahn (Transparent), Jackie

Earle Haley (Watchmen), Phylicia

Rashad (Creed), Peter

Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Jean-Claude

Van Damme (JCVD). They come from noted creators that include Peter

Atencio (Key and Peele), Ben

Edlund (Supernatural), Barry

Josephson (Bones), Ridley

Scott (The Martian), and Jill

Soloway (Transparent).

“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

Hahn, Transparent) and Sylvere (Griffin

Dunne, 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

Bacon, 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

Soloway (Transparent), Andrea

Sperling (Transparent), and Sarah

Gubbins (Ten Aker Wood). The pilot is directed by Soloway and

written by Gubbins.

Jean-Claude Van Johnson

If you need to eliminatea 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

Foster (Your Family or Mine), Moises

Arias (The Middle), and Phylicia Rashad

(Creed). The show is executive produced by Peter Atencio

(Key and Peele), Ridley

Scott (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

Tick stars Peter

Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy),


Newman (Vinyl), Jackie

Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie

Curry (House of Lies), Yara

Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan

Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben

Edlund (Supernatural), Barry

Josephson (Bones) and Barry

Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally

Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund. The Tick is

a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.

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