Amazon Studios has given the greenlight to five pilots, including comedies starring John Goodman and Ed Begley Jr.
“Alpha House,” about four senators living together in Washington, D.C., and “Betas,” about tech entrepreneurs trying to make it big, are going to series along with kids pilots “Annebots,” “Creative Galaxy,” and “Tumbleaf.”
Once completed, the series will air exclusively on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014. Amazon gave the go-ahead a month after posting its pilot slate—eight comedies and six kids series—online and soliciting feedback from viewers.
“We built Amazon Studios so that customers could help decide which stories would make the very best movies and TV shows,” Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “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.”
Garry Trudeau, the cartoonist and creator of “Alpha House,” called the process a “harrowing exercise in online democracy.”
“As the future of episodic TV packs up and moves to Seattle, we hope the audience will continue to have as much fun watching the show as we have making it,” Trudeau stated.
Some of the pilot creators involved in the viewer-feedback process have blasted it. After his adaptation of the film “Zombieland” wasn’t picked up, Rhett Reese tweeted, “I’ll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence.”