Here Are The New TV Shows Amazon Is Picking Up
Amazon has just announced a bunch of new shows, bringing the streaming network's roster of primetime series to 12. Amazon has been getting into the streaming TV game, with dramas like The Man in the High Castle and comedies like the acclaimed Transparent. In September, Amazon announced several new pilots. However, not all Amazon pilots become shows. Viewers decide which shows they want to see turned into a full series, and those shows are then only available to Amazon Prime members.
Amazon is is adding 5 new primetime shows and three children's shows to their roster, according to a release. They're also renewing a few things, too.
- Highston: Highston Liggetts (Lewis Pullman) is a 19-year-old man who has a number of very impressive, celebrity friends. Unfortunately, those friends are only visible to Highston. His family is conflicted: his parents (Mary Lynn Rajskub and Chris Parnell) force him to see a psychiatrist, but his Uncle Billy (Curtis Armstrong) doesn't see what the big deal is. The half-hour comedy is directed by Jonathan Dayon and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) and written by Bob Nelson (Nebraska).
- One Mississippi: This comedy comes from Tig Notaro, and it's loosely based on the comedian's life. Tig is returning to her hometown of Bay Saint Lucille, Mississippi after her vivacious mother, Caroline, dies. There, she finds her older brother Remy (Noah Harpster) and her emotionally distant stepfather, Bill (John Rothman). Tig's girlfriend Brooke (Casey Wilson) comes to visit, which "compounds the reality of how out of place Tig is in a world without her mother." The show is written by Notaro and Diablo Cody (Juno) and executive produced by Louis CK, Blair Breard (Louie) and Dave Becky (Everybody Hates Chris).
- Z: The Beginning of Everything: Christina Ricci stars as Zelda Sayre in this bio-pic based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. The story takes place before Zelda meets F. Scott Fitzgerald and progresses through the couple's marriage. "The series travels through the wild parties, the wicked jazz, the dissolute artists of the era, as well as the alcoholism, adultery and struggle with dashed dreams and mental illness that characterizes their later years," the release states. The show is written by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin (The Killing) and directed by Tim Blake Nelson (Anesthesia).
- Good Girls Revolt: This show takes place in 1969 and revolves around a group of young women who work as researchers at "News of the Week," and who are fed up with unfair treatment. "Their revolutionary request will spark convulsive changes and upend marriages, careers, sex lives, love lives, and friendships," the release states. The show is based on Lynn Povich's book of the same name, in which Povich talks about her involvement in a discrimination suit against Newsweek in 1970. The show stars Genevieve Angelson (Backstrom), Anna Camp Pitch Perfect) and Erin Darke (We Need To Talk About Kevin). The show is written by Dana Calvo (Made In Jersey) and directed by Liza Johnson (Return).
- Patriot: This is a political thriller about intelligence officer John Tavner (Michael Dorman). He is assigned to prevent Iran from "going nuclear," which also means going undercover as a mid-level employee at an industrial piping firm in the Midwest. Tavner struggles with bureaucracy and PTSD, the rigors of his job and external complications. The show is written and directed by Steven Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).
Amazon also picked up three new children's shows: Danger & Eggs, about the adventurous stuntwoman D.D. Danger and her friend Phillip, who happens to be a talking egg; If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, based on the children's books written by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond; and Niko and the Sword of Light, based on the comics by Imagination Studios, Inc. about a 10-year-old boy who must go on an epic quest. Tumble Leaf, a stop-motion animation series for children, has also been renewed for another season.
Three primetime shows have just been renewed for another season, too. Red Oaks, the coming-of-age drama about a student who works at the Red Oaks Country Club in New Jersey, will largely deal with protagonist David's (Craig Roberts) relationship with his girlfriend Skye (Alexandra Socha) and dealing with his parents' divorce next season. Hand of God follows the revenge quest of Judge Pernell Harris (Ron Perlman) who, after a mental breakdown, attempts to find the man who raped his daughter-in-law.
Amazon previously renewed The Man in the High Castle, a revisionist history drama based on the book by Philip K. Dick about a world where the Axis Powers won WWII, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Other returning Amazon shows include comedy-dramas Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle, as well as Los Angeles crime drama Bosch. Soon to debut will be The Trial, a legal drama starring Billy Bob Thornton as a disgraced lawyer—and the only show to skirt Amazon's pilot stage.