There's another serious new player in the ever-expanding universe of online original-content providers (see: Netflix and Hulu) — and happily, Amazon's entry into this suddenly cluttered marketplace is not just seriously funny, but it's as bracingly timely as the latest exasperating political headline.
Alpha House (three episodes bow Friday on amazon.com, with future episodes available to Amazon Prime subscribers) is satire at its most blistering and biting, delivered by a master of the trade: Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau, whose contempt for political cynicism, venality and hypocrisy doesn't keep the jaded protagonists of this bawdy, brazen comedy from being great company. The setting is a Washington, D.C., row house, home away from home for four Republican senators, led by the fearlessly outrageous John Goodman as a good-old-boy/former football star who's outraged to discover he won't be able to coast through his next election. (His new opponent: a legendary Duke coach. As someone observes: "You're like a retired god. He's active.")
Thanks to the one-two punch of NCIS and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tuesday nights at 8/7c have become pretty crowded. Which is why Raising Hope's new showrunner, Mike Mariano, isn't all that worried about the show's move from Tuesdays to what was once believed to be the death timeslot of Fridays. "I'm thrilled by it because I think the Tuesday-at-8 timeslot is one of the toughest on television," Mariano tells TVGuide.com. "I'm not as intimidated as I would have been in other years going to Fridays. ... But it's also really out of my control. I'm thrilled to be on the air."
After a slightly extended time off the schedule, Raising Hope returns Friday (9/8c, Fox) with two new back-to-back episodes and a slew of impressive guest stars including...
Amazon has announced premiere dates for its first two original series, Alpha House and Betas.
Alpha House will premiere on Nov. 15, while Betas will bow a week later on Nov. 22. The first three episodes of each show will be available immediately to all Amazon customers for free. After the first episodes premiere, Amazon will release one episode weekly via its Prime Instant Video service, for Amazon Prime subscribers.
Nut Roaster Stages, where Adult Swim's bizarre live-action backwoods soap opera The Heart, She Holler shoots, is located in a part of Brooklyn seemingly untouched by the tendrils of gentrification. The stages are small, a converted nut roasting factory in what looks like an industrial wasteland. Once inside the graffiti'd walls, you're greeted by the likeness of Patton Oswalt's severed head resting on a folding table...
A couple of funny ladies are heading to Raising Hope in Season 4.
Amy Sedaris and Mindy Sterling have both booked guest-starring roles on the Fox comedy, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.