In addition to renewing three shows, Amazon Studios announced the pickup of eight more original shows to its lineup on Friday.
Seven of the new shows were from November’s pilot season, while one (Niko and the Sword of Light) was from last January’s. Of the five primetime programs, two programs are hour-long ones and three are half-hour. Three children’s shows round out the green crop of series.
For the hour-long shows: Good Girls Revolt is set in the late ’60s, and is inspired by Lynn Povich’s book, The Good Girls Revolt. The series tracks three women (Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp, Erin Darke) breaking into the news world and seeking equality in the workplace.
Patriot is pitched as a political thriller detailing a troubled intelligence officer (Michael Dorman of Wonderland) tasked with preventing Iran from going nuclear. The pilot stars Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Michael Chernus (Manhattan Project), Kathleen Munroe (Call Me Fitz), and Kurtwood Smith (That ’70s Show). It was deemed one of the best pilots of November’s bunch by EW’s Jeff Jensen.
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As for the half-hour slate, it’s paced by the darkly comic One Mississippi, which EW’s Melissa Maerz hailed as “the best new Amazon pilot of 2015 — maybe even the best one since Transparent.” Tig Notaro stars, writes, and executive produces the project loosely based on her life. Louis C.K. is on board with the project as an executive producer.
Highston, executive produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, details a 19-year-old man (Lewis Pullman) has a cadre of imaginary celebrity friends. His parents (Mary Lynn Rajskub and Chris Parnell) send him to receive professional help.
Z: The Beginning of Everything is a biopic series of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda, played by Christina Ricci, was a flapper icon of the Roaring ’20s. The series begins Zelda meets and Fitzgerald and tracks their rocky relationship.
On to the shows aimed at children, led by an adaptation of the popular book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
Joining the demanding mouse is the animated Danger & Eggs, focusing on stuntwoman D.D. Danger (Aidy Bryant) and her sheepish best friend — who’s a giant egg — Phillip (Eric Knobel).
Niko and the Sword of Light is a motion graphic comic that tracks the adventures of 10-year-old Niko and his epic quests in a fantastical world.