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Amazon Renews 'Alpha House,' Cancels 'Betas,' Confirms 6 Series Orders

Amazon Renews 'Alpha House,' Cancels 'Betas,' Confirms 6 Series Orders

Just one year into Amazon's tenure as an original content creator, the online retail giant/streaming video provider has renewed its first ever comedy series, while canceling its second. It's also picked up two children's pilots to series, and publicly confirmed the previously revealed pick-ups of two dramas and two comedies.

From the mind of 'Doonesbury' creator Gary Trudeau, 'Alpha House' spotlights four U.S. senators living together in the same Washington, D.C. residence. The series stars John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy, and Mark Consuelos, and will be returning for a 10-episode second season. Conversely, 'Betas,' a comedy about a group of dating app developers working in Silicon Valley, has not been renewed.

In addition to those announcements, Amazon has picked up two children's series for 13-episode first seasons. The first, 'Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,' is a live-action coming-of-age story centering on the titular character and his friends, and is targeted at 6-11 year-olds. The second, 'Wishenpoof,' is an animated series targeted at preschoolers. Most of our readership may be tempted to scoff at these pick-ups, but one need only ask Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel how profitable kids programming can be.

Finally, Amazon once again confirmed the first season orders of drama pilots 'The After' and 'Bosch,' and comedy pilots 'Mozart in the Jungle' and 'Transparent.' A new bit of info in today's announcement clarifies the exact episode orders for these series, with 'Bosch,' 'Mozart,' and 'Transparent getting 10-episodes, and the Chris Carter created 'After' only getting eight. Hopefully that means that the writers won't feel the need to drag things out, as so often happens to serialized sci-fi dramas.


Details
Network:
- Amazon Prime Instant Video
Show:
- Wishenpoof!
- Mozart in the Jungle
- Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street
- Alpha House
- Betas
- Bosch
- Transparent
- The After

Written by: Michael Stevenson
Mar 31st, 2014, 3:46 am

Images courtesy of Amazon Prime Instant Video

Anonymous

Message Posted On Apr 20th, 2014, 9:07 am
Disappointed that they have decided to cancel betas, I cant imagine it would cost that much to produce in comparison to other shows, and would appeal to the tech crowd. It wasn’t the best comedy on tv, but had the scope get a lot better exploring the cut throat nature of tech industry.
msd85
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Points: 17874.5
Since: 07/Jul/10
Message Posted On Apr 2nd, 2014, 8:53 pm

@asiliconvalleyengineer: You may want to take your issue up with Amazon then. Their official logline for 'Betas' is thus: "In Silicon Valley, the right algorithm can make you a king. And these four friends think they’ve finally cracked the code."

A Silicon Valley Engineer

Message Posted On Apr 2nd, 2014, 5:38 am
Betas WAS NOT IN THE SILICON VALLEY. They were in San Francisco. Seriously, does anybody writing articles ever look at a map? It's a triangle: Palo Alto to Morgan Hill to Milpitas.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 31st, 2014, 6:27 am
How come no one can address the issues with the show as CLEARLY stated? Partisan hackery when we know media is being manipulated becomes nothing more than propaganda. Clearly many of you live in a vacuum where the revelations of Edward Snowden and his ilk never reach your mind. Or your minds are so vacuous you just do not care.(Play on words there, because I know this audience requires an explanation)
mattoaks

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Since: 17/Jan/14
Message Posted On Mar 31st, 2014, 5:37 am

anonymous, How about you create an account like a man instead of just spreading your hate on every post behind the mask!!

mikepardon

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Points: 20
Since: 20/Apr/08
Message Posted On Mar 31st, 2014, 4:36 am

To Anonymous, I know it's a "political show" but it's not a drama like House of Cards or Boss it's a clearly and cut comedy. It may have stupidity in it, but I'm not sure it's a "one trick show" each episode has me in stitches laughing. Great show, happy it's been renewed. John Goodman, as always, legendary.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 31st, 2014, 4:06 am
Alpha House sucks, as has the recent Doonesbury. It is a one trick show overtly aimed at destroying Republicans. That is it. No subtlety, no other plot points. Trudeau must get the big payola from the Democratic machine to pander this way. Doonesbury refuses to address ALL the recent Democratic scandals and lies, instead attempts to change the dialogue to simply blame the Republicans. At least people like Ted Rall and Aaron McGruder are balanced in addressing political and social ills.
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