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Amazon announces new shows from 'Iron Man 3' director and Diablo Cody

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Coming off of a slew of Emmy wins with Transparent, Amazon just announced its fall TV pilot lineup, which includes even more big names than previous years. Among the most promising is Edge, an adaptation of the notably violent George G. Gillman western book series, which comes from Lethal Weapon writer and Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black. Black is taking on directing duties and teaming up with his Monster Squad buddy Fred Dekker once again to write the show. Juno writer Diablo Cody is also working together with comedian Tig Notaro on One Mississippi, which focuses on Notaro's return to her childhood town in, you guessed it, Mississippi. There's also a new political thriller, Patriot, featuring Lost star Terry O'Quinn and everyone's favorite angry gangster/father Kurtwood Smith (Robocop, That 70's Show), and Christina Ricci is headlining a new series, Z, about Zelda Fitzgerald.

Rounding out the new lineup is Highston, a series centering on a teenager with a huge circle of (imaginary) celebrity friends, and Good Girls Revolt, a period piece that explores sexist newsrooms of 1969. While Netflix clearly has a strong head start with quality original shows, based on the quality of Transparent and last year's shows, Amazon seems to be catching up fast.

Just as in previous years, Amazon will choose a handful of these pilots to turn into full TV series based on viewership and buzz. But while these shows sound intriguing, I'm still eagerly awaiting the release date for the second season of Bosch.

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