Amazon just announced a round of series orders, and among them is Tig Notaro’s fantastic pilot produced by Louis C.K. One Mississippi. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming network has ordered Notaro’s semi-autobiographical pilot to series along with seven other projects, including Bob Nelson and Sacha Baron Cohen’s pilot Highston. Here are summaries for both shows, via THR:
From Bob Nelson (Nebraska), directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) and executive producer Sacha Baron Cohen, Highston is a family comedy centered around 19-year-old Highston Liggetts (Lewis Pullman) who has a number of celebrity friends that only he can see. His parents, played by Mary Lynn Rajskub and Chris Parnell, force him to get psychiatric help but his uncle Billy (Curtis Armstrong) thinks he’s fine. The pilot guest-stars Shaquille O’Neal and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and was written by Nelson, directed by Dayton and Faris and executive produced by Cohen, Todd Hoffman (Love Stinks), Nelson and Todd Schulman (Bruno). One Mississippi, executive produced by Louis C.K., Tig Notaro and Diablo Cody, was co-written by Notaro and stars the comedian in a semi-autobiographical story of a woman who, still reeling from her own declining health, returns to her childhood hometown of Bay Saint Lucille, Mississippi to deal with the unexpected death of her mother, the one person who actually understood her. Casey Wilson stars as Tig’s girlfriend Brooke, Transparent’s Noah Harpster plays Tig’s older brother and The Devil Wears Prada’s John Rothman plays her emotionally distant stepfather. Nicole Holofcener helmed the pilot. The comedy, which was initially set up as a script deal at FX but moved to Amazon, hails from C.K.’s FX Productions-based Pig Newton banner. Dave Becky of 3 Arts and Blair Breard (Louie) are also executive producers.