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Amazon Picks Up Slew of Comedy, Drama, Kids Series

Following the series order for “Good Girls Revolt” and the second season renewals for “Man in the High Castle,” “Red Oaks” and “Hand of God,” Amazon has picked up three comedy series, plus one more drama, Variety has learned.

Tig Notaro’s comedy “One Mississippi” was picked up, in addition to 30-minute series “Highston” from Sacha Baron Cohen and “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” which stars Christina Ricci. The drama “Patriot” has also been picked up. Additionally, Amazon ordered kids’ series “Danger & Eggs, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and “Niko and the Sword of Light.”

Dark comedy “One Mississippi,” starring comedian Notaro, is a story loosely based on her life. A co-production with FX Prods., the series follows her as she deals with the complex reentry into her childhood hometown of Bay Saint Lucille, Miss., to deal with the unexpected death of her mother. The cast includes Noah Harpster, John Rothman and Casey Wilson as Tig’s girlfriend, Brooke. Notaro and Diablo Cody are writers and exec producers with Louis C.K., Blair Breard and Dave Becky also exec producing. The pilot was directed and exec produced by Nicole Holofcener.

“Highston” follows 19-year-old Highston Liggetts, played by newcomer Lewis Pullman, who has a wide circle of celebrity friends — that only he can see. His parents Jean (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Wilbur (Chris Parnell) force him to get psychiatric help, but his Uncle Billy (Curtis Armstrong) thinks he’s just fine. The pilot guest stars Shaquille O’Neal and Flea, and is written by Bob Nelson, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and exec produced by Baron Cohen, Todd Hoffman, Nelson, and Todd Schulman.

“Z: The Beginning of Everything” is based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the Jazz Age in the 20s. Ricci stars as Zelda and will also serve as an exec producer. Written by Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, the series is directed by Tim Blake Nelson and exec produced by Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon of Killer Films.

Political thriller “Patriot follows the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner, played by Australian newcomer Michael Dorman, whose latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear. “Lost” alum Terry O’Quinn also stars with Michael Chernus, Kathleen Munroe, Aliette Opheim and Kurtwood Smith. Written, directed and exec produced by Steven Conrad, Gil Bellows, Glen Ficarra, Charlie Gogolak and John Requa are also exec producers.

“Danger & Eggs” follows the endless adventures of fearless D.D. Danger and her ever-cautious best friend, a giant, talking egg named Phillip. D.D., an energetic future stuntwoman, is always chasing her next big thrill. The kids’ series is created by Mike Owens and Shadi Petosky, produced by Petosky and Chris Hardwick’s Puny Entertainment and features the voice talents of comedians Aidy Bryant and Eric Knobel.

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” follows the adventures of Mouse, Oliver and other familiar friends as they discover that when you’ve got a curious Mouse for a friend (not to mention a Moose, a Pig, a Cat and a Dog), one thing always leads to another, then another, and then another. “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” is based on the beloved books by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, and is written and developed by Ken Scarborough.

“Niko and the Sword of Light”  is based on the motion graphic comic by Imaginism Studios, Inc. and Studio NX. Written by Rob Hoegee and animated by Titmouse, the series follows ten-year-old Niko who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past. Tom Kenny and Jim Cummings are voice actors.

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