On the whole, Amazon Studios’s most successful projects have been its comedies, some of which have earned it awards season recognition and critical accolades. Now, with its next season of competing pilots, it is offering up three more comedies for its viewing audience: I Love Dick, Jean-Claude Van Johnson, and The Tick.
This Amazon pilot season is the first one to be explicitly branded around a specific genre, but the three comedies included in this batch are very different from one another:
- I Love Dick, which stars Kathryn Hahn, Griffin Dunne, and Kevin Bacon, will explore love and marriage, with the artsy town of Marfa, Texas serving as its backdrop. One of the pilot’s executive producers, Jill Soloway, is also the creator of Amazon’s most acclaimed original series, Transparent.
- Jean-Claude Van Johnson, an action-comedy, willl serve as a star vehicle for Jean-Claude Van Damme, who we last saw splitting his legs in between two Volvo trucks. Van Damme will go undercover as the titular character, an undercover private contractor.
- The Tick, The Tick has been iterated for TV two times before, most notably as an animated series that premiered in 1994. Amazon’s adaptation is live-action.
“Nowhere else will voices as influential as Jill Soloway and Jean-Claude Van Damme share a stage,” said said Amazon Studios Head of Half-Hour Series Joe Lewis in a press release. “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 think.”
Once Amazon, viewers will be able to offer their feedback, and the most popular shows will earn full-series pickups. You can check out the contender beginning on August 19th.