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Amazon unveils comedy pilot season for 2016

Amazon.comInc. will debut three new half-hour comedy pilots Aug. 19,including one starring martial arts film star Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Also starring Kat Foster, Moises Arias and Phylicia Rashad, "Jean-ClaudeVan Johnson" sees Van Damme play "Johnson," the most dangerousundercover private contractor in the world who is about to exit retirementafter a chance encounter with a lost love.

The other two pilots include "I Love Dick," whichis based on a feminist novel about a couple's marital struggles, and "TheTick," an offbeat and dark superhero tale.

Amazon customers in the U.S. the U.K., Germany, Austria andJapan will be able to stream and review the pilots and help the company selectits next original series.