Amazon Orders Five Original TV Series, Including John Goodman's 'Alpha House'
Amazon has revealed its pick of shows which get full season orders. After screening 14 original pilots to viewers, the online giant eventually gives a go to two comedies and three children's series.
Among the greenlit shows is "Alpha House" from Academy Award nominee Garry Trudeau. It stars John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos as four "misfit senators" who share a rented house in Washington.
The other comedy is "Betas" written by Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard. It follows four friends in Silicon Valley who try to get rich quick by launching a social-networking app. Ed Begley Jr. and Jon Daly are among the cast.
For kids to watch are "Annebots" about a young scientist named Anne who builds three robot helpers in her father's junkyard, "Creative Galaxy" which is an "animated interactive art adventure series" designed to help kids flex their creative brains through arts and crafts, and stop-motion series animated "Tumbleleaf" about a blue fox named Fig.
"We are thrilled at the enthusiastic customer response to our first original pilots," says Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. "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."
These five shows will be available on Amazon's Prime Instant Video either later this year or in early 2014. The company previously let viewers determine which ones of the 14 original pilots should move forward. A supposed TV adaptation of "Zombieland" movie, unfortunately, doesn't make the cut.
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