Amazon Finalizes ‘Alpha House’ and ‘Betas’ Pickup, Adds 3 Kids Shows
Any additional hope of seeing Amazon pick up the ‘Zombieland‘ TV series has now abated, as it seems the streaming service network has officially decided its pickups from among the 14 pilots released to the general public. Not only will the John Goodman-starring ‘Alpha House‘ move forward, but Silicon Valley comedy ‘Betas‘ and three children’s series will as well. Let’s take a look at Amazon’s full pickup list!
After much deliberation, Amazon has officially decided to stick with senatorial comedy ‘Alpha House,’ and its software comedy ‘Betas.’ Written by Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Trudeau, ‘Alpha House’ follows four senators (John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy, Mark Consuelos) who live together in a rented house in Washington, DC.
The Silicon Valley-set ‘Betas,’ produced by Michael London and written by Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard, stars Joe Dinicol, Karan Soni and Ed Begley Jr. (‘Arrested Development’), and follows four friends as they attempt to strike it rich with a new mobile social networking app.
“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.”
In addition to the above two, Amazon approve three of its children’s offerings for season orders:
‘Annebots’ revolves around Anne, a young scientist who creates three robot helpers to assist her scientific experiments in the back of her dad’s junkyard. This science-based series from creator J.J. Johnson (‘Dino Dan,’ ‘This is Emily Yeung’) aims to introduce kids to science and technology in a fun, new way.
‘Creative Galaxy’ is an animated interactive art adventure series designed to inspire kids’ creative thinking through crafts, story, music and dance. The series was created by Angela Santomero, creator of ‘Super Why!,’ the Emmy-nominated literacy series, ‘Blue’s Clues’ and Daniel Tiger’s ‘Neighborhood.’
‘Tumbleaf’ was created by Drew Hodges and Bix Pix Entertainment, an award-winning stop-motion studio. The series, aimed at preschoolers, is set in a whimsical land where a small blue fox named Fig plays each day and discovers adventure, friendship and love around every bend in the path. The narratives aim to foster play through exploration and scientific thinking.
Well, what say you? Would you be interested to watch any of Amazon’s new series, even if ‘Zombieland’ failed to make the cut?