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Amazon Studios Director Explains Decision Not To Take Netflix's All-At-Once Approach With Original Series
Following the recent announcement that Amazon had set the premiere dates for their new original comedies Alpha House and Betas, we were left to wonder about the way Amazon was planning to roll out these new comedies. They’re not taking the Netflix approach to premiering their entire seasons all at once, nor are they quite going the network television route in releasing one episode at a time.
Amazon has finally set the premiere dates for their two new original comedies Alpha House and Betas. Both series will begin rolling out this month, with the first three episodes of each show made available for free to Amazon customers, while the episodes that follow will be made available to Amazon Prime subscribers exclusively. Alpha House will debut November 15, while Betas is set to launch November 22.
Jill Soloway, who wrote and directed the soon-to-release indie Afternoon Delight, is also writing and directing the pilot. Soloway has written and produced for such shows as Six Feet Under, United States of Tara and Grey’s Anatomy.
Netflix isn't the only streaming video service with Emmy cred to boast. Granted, Netflix got the jump on Amazon in rolling out some top-notch original programming, garnering the service numerous deserved Emmy nominations this year. But Amazon has already beat Netflix to the punch in actually winning an Emmy Award, not for original programming, obviously, but for its work on Personalized Recommendation Engines for Video Discovery.
Thus far, Amazon's focus in terms of its original programming has been on children's programming and comedy. But it looks like they're venturing into drama territory, and they're going with a popular series of novels to do it. Michael Connelly fans may be interested to know that Harry Bosch could be headed to the small screen, assuming things go well for the pilot Amazon has greenlit.
Previous reports had already indicated that comedy pilots Betas and Alpha House were going to series at Amazon Prime. Today, Amazon Studios has officially announced the series orders for both comedies, as well as three of the six children's pilots in contention at the streaming video service. Annebots, Creative Galaxy and Tumbleleaf have all made the cut.
Just a few weeks after Amazon made eight pilots available for audiences to both watch and review (as well as 14 children’s pilots), the company is busy deciding which pilots to move forward to series and which won’t make the cut. On Friday, Amazon announced Betas and Alpha House have earned pick ups, while the high profile project Zombieland and Browsers will not be moving forward.
Among the set of pilots offered for viewers to check out and review on Amazon are a group of new children’s shows. In the interest of giving them a fair review, I brought in a couple of TV critics of the proper age to check them out. Here’s what my kids, who are nearly 6 and 4, thought of the new shows, along with a parent’s perspective on each show (including how annoying they are to adult viewers).
Amazon could be changing the game in their efforts to present a selection of pilots so that the general public can weigh in before they make their final decision on which of them will go to series. Whether any of the networks or streaming video services decide to follow suit in the future remains to be seen, but it's certainly an interesting and interactive way to bring the viewers in earlier in the process of taking a pilot to series or inevitably scrapping it.
Amazon Studios has posted eight new comedy pilots at Amazon.com, which they are allowing viewers to watch and leave their feedback before the studio decides which of these projects will go to series. The greenlit projects will eventually go on to become part of Amazon Prime's original streaming content. We're taking a look at all of them and sharing our thoughts on each of them this weekend. Here are the final two reviews, Zombieland and Those Who Can't.
Pilots are notoriously unreliable at explaining exactly what a show will bring to the table over the long haul, but the good news is that Betas, even in its early moments, never seems like a waste of time. It’s a charming comedy with plenty of unique characters (including a zany computer mogul played by Ed Begley, Jr.), and if fans give it a shot, it even has the potential to be very good.
Four Republican Senators, ranging from very experienced to brand new, live in a house together to cut down on life clutter and expenses. Obviously, the premise is rife with comedic possibilities and potential shenanigans. Fortunately or unfortunately, it’s also rife with partisan politics too.
Amazon Studios has posted eight new comedy pilots at Amazon.com, which they are allowing viewers to watch and leave their feedback before the studio decides which of these projects will go to series. The greenlit projects will eventually go on to become part of Amazon Prime's original streaming content. We're taking a look at all of them and sharing our thoughts on each of them this weekend. Here are the reviews for Browsers and Dark Minions.
Amazon's doing things a little bit differently than network television. Rather than making their series orders before presenting the chosen shows to viewers, they're turning their site into one big focus group in giving the public a look at the goods before any decisions are made on which pilots will go to series. Today, Amazon made fourteen pilots available for viewing through Amazon Instant Video.
Following word that Amazon has given the official green light to the Zombieland pilot comes a trailer for the potential TV series, which would be available for Amazon Prime subscribers through the services streaming video feature, should it go to series. Like the film on which this TV project is based, this trailer sells zombies and humor, though I'm not sure it manages to match the tone of the film, but that may just be the trailer's miss and not a full reflection of the finished product. Or I'm just trying to be optimistic because I really want this comedy to work.