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Amazon announces third season of pilots

Two dramas and three comedies are part of Amazon's third round of pilots, which will premiere on Aug. 28.

Amazon Studios hasn't yet released the full seasons from the company's second round of pilots, but it's charging ahead with a third round of pilots for viewers to watch and rate to help determine which will get picked up for full orders.

The new pilots will be made available on Amazon's website in the U.S. and Britain beginning on Aug. 28. Though the last round was heavy on dramas, this group is more evenly split between comedy and drama, with three half-hour comedies and two hourlong dramas.

The comedies include "The Cosmopolitans," starring Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny as members of a group of American expatriates living in modern Paris. The series is written, directed and produced by Whit Stillman, better known for his films "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco."

"Red Oaks" is directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Steven Soderbergh and follows a young man working as an assistant tennis pro at an exclusive New Jersey country club during the 1980s.

"Really" is directed by and stars Jay Chandrasekhar as a married man in Chicago whose attempts to help cover up a friend's secret cause all kinds of trouble for himself. Sarah Chalke plays his wife in this look at modern relationships.

The dramas include "Hand of God," directed by "World War Z" director Marc Forster and starring Ron Perlman as a hard-living judge who suffers a mental breakdown and becomes a vigilante guided by visions.

"Hysteria" is a thriller starring Mena Suvari as a neurologist investigating a bizarre outbreak of psycho-physiological illness that seems to be spreading through social media in Austin, Texas. The pilot was written by Shaun Cassidy, who also created the series "American Gothic" and "Invasion."

Shows from Amazon's second round of pilots that received full orders include "The After," "Bosch," "Transparent," "Mozart in the Jungle," and the children's shows "Wishenpoof!" and "Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street." Amazon also picked up a second season of "Alpha House," the John Goodman comedy from the company's first round of pilots.

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