Fourteen entered the crowded Amazon pilot race, only five will leave.
The online vendor and streaming content provider announced today that it has given the greenlight to two of its comedy pilots, John Goodman's "Alpha House" and Ed Begley Jr.'s "Betas." Additionally, three kids shows received an order: the educational "Annebots" along with animated efforts "Creative Galaxy" and "Tumbleaf."
Customer response played a large role in the decision to pick up these five series, as Amazon allowed its audience to see and vote on all the pilot episodes of the fourteen projects. "We are thrilled at the enthusiastic customer response to our first original pilots," said 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."
The political comedy "Alpha House" comes from the Academy Award nominated, Pulitzer Prize winning creator of "Doonesbury" Garry Trudeau. The series features Goodman as one of four senators who live and work together in Washington D.C. Clark Johnson ("Homicide: Life on the Street"), Mark Consuelos ("Guys With Kids") and Matt Malloy ("Six Feet Under") co-star.
"Betas" centers on four tech-savvy friends who attempt to strike it rich developing a mobile social networking app in Silicon Valley. Ed Begley Jr. ("St. Elsewhere"), Jon Daly ("Happy Endings"), Margo Harshman ("The Big Bang Theory"), Charlie Saxton ("Hung") and Karan Soni ("Safety Not Guaranteed") star in the pilot, produced and directed by Michael Lehmann ("Heathers").
What do you think about these series pick ups? Did Amazon make the right choice?