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Christina Ricci, Louis CK and Sacha Baron Cohen among Amazon's big-name new pilots

Six new potential shows will be vying for your votes in Amazon's next pilot season.

Christina Ricci is one of the stars appearing in new Amazon pilots. LAN/Corbis

Stars including Louis CK, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tig Notaro and Shane Black are among the latest round of big names vying for your votes to create a potential new series for Amazon.

Westerns, women's lib and jazz age icons are among the subjects of six potential new shows set to appear in Amazon's next pilot season. Unlike Netflix, which simply commissions new TV shows, Amazon invites you to have a say on which it will finance and distribute on the Amazon Instant Video streaming service in periodic pilot seasons that offer a range of taster episodes for each prospective series. You can then vote for the ones you like, which may be ordered for a full run. The pilot process has led to new shows such as "Bosch", "Hand of God" and the award-winning "Transparent".

First up, action movie screenwriter Shane Black, who wrote "Predator" and "Lethal Weapon" and more recently directed "Iron Man 3", is in charge of revenge western "Edge". The show is based on a series of pulp novels written by British author Terry Harknett under the name George G. Gilman. The novels' publishers described them as "the most violent western in print". Blimey.

Set in 1868, the show features Max Martini from "Pacific Rim" and "The Unit" as Josiah 'Edge' Hedges, a former Union officer prowling the post-Civil War American West doling out "his own peculiar (and savage) brand of justice." Sounds intense.

Sisters are doing it for themselves in "Good Girls Revolt", set in 1969 and based on landmark sexual discrimination cases chronicled in Lynn Povich's book of the same name. The show is led by Dana Calvo, who previously co-produced "Narcos" and "Made in Jersey". In the show, Anna Camp from "Pitch Perfect" and Erin Darke from "Still Alice" are among the women fighting for equality in '60s newsrooms. Also appearing is Grace Gummer from a previous Amazon show "Extant" and, appropriately enough, "The Newsroom", playing real-life journalist, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron.

There's a high level of comic talent behind the camera for "Highston", a comedy about a teenager who has imaginary celebrity friends. The show is written by Bob Nelson, who was Oscar-nominated for "Nebraska", directed by "Little Miss Sunshine" helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and produced by Sacha Baron Cohen. The pilot episode stars "Saturday Night Live" comic Chris Parnell with basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal and bass-playing leg end Flea.

Pilot season also numbers "One Mississippi" among its ranks. A semi-autobiographical dark comedy created by comedian Tig Notaro with "Juno" writer Diablo Cody and producer Louis CK, the show follows Notaro returning to her roots and dealing with the loss of her mother.

Next up, Australian actor Michael Dorman, known to aussie audiences from "Wonderland", takes the lead in thriller "Patriot". He plays a spy who must go out on his own to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power, adopting a dangerous undercover identity. What high-risk environment must he infiltrate? A terrorist cell? A foreign power? Er, no, a Midwestern industrial piping firm. Sounds riveting. I assume writer and director Steven Conrad knows what he's doing.

And from Amazon to "Z": the final pilot is a dramatised biography of jazz age icon Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. Christina Ricci plays the young artist before she embarks on a tempestuous relationship with novelist F Scott Fitzgerald. Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, two of the people behind the US remake of "The Killing", are on writing duties. The pilot is directed by Tim Blake Nelson, who you may recognise from roles in "O Brother Where Art Thou" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt".

A date has yet to be confirmed for the new pilots to appear. Amazon's most recent pilot season saw just two pilots on offer, " Sneaky Pete" and " Casanova".