Amazon Orders Five Series, Including John Goodman Comedy
Amazon has ordered five original series, including the political comedy Alpha House starring John Goodman.
Amazon Studios made all of its 14 pilots available for free back in April, and used feedback from Amazon and LOVEFiLM customers to help decide which pilots would be among the company's first original series.
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"We are thrilled at the enthusiastic customer response to our first original pilots," Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. "We built Amazon Studios so that customers could help decide which stories would make the very best movies and TV shows. It's exciting to see the process in motion, doing exactly what we set out to do. The success of this first set of pilots has given us the push to try this approach with even more shows—this is just the beginning."
Alpha House is about four misfit senators who become unlikely roommates when they rent a house together in Washington DC. The series stars Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos, and is written by Pulitzer-Prize winning Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau. Elliot Webb and Jonathan Alter will produce.
Betas stars Ed Begley Jr., Jon Daly, Joe Dinicol, Charlie Saxton as four friends attempting to make it rich in Silicon Valley with their new mobile social networking app. Michael Lehmann will direct and produce along with Emmy winners Alan Freedland and Alan Cohen and Academy Award nominee Michael London.
Annebots is a kids' program about a young scientist who creates three robot helpers to assist her scientific experiments in the back of her dad's junkyard.
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Creative Galaxy, from Blue's Clues creator Angela Santomero, is an animated interactive art adventure series, designed to inspire kids' creative thinking through crafts, story, music and dance.
Tumbleaf, targeted to preschoolers, is set in a whimsical land where a small blue fox named Fig discovers adventure, friendship and love around every bend.
In a TVGuide.com poll, Alpha House, Zombieland and Onion News Empire were favorites among Amazon's 14 pilots. The latter two were not picked up.
Episodes of the series will air exclusively on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014.