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Amazon the TV Network: Six Comedy Pilots in Production

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Amazon is working on pilots for six original comedy series, and wants you to vote on what flies and what dies.

Amazon Studios, the original film and series production arm of Amazon, said on Wednesday that it plans to produce pilots for six original comedy series. These shows will be generated by a "diverse set of writers" spanning from newbies to Hollywood and industry veterans. This will be the studios' first venture into pilot development since it opened its doors for business earlier this year.

"Since launching our original series development effort, we have received more than 2,000 series ideas from creators around the world with all different backgrounds, and we are extremely excited to begin production on our very first set of pilots," said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. "The six comedy pilots will begin production shortly."

Once these six pilots are complete, they will be posted on Amazon Instant Video for feedback so that Amazon customers can help the studio decide which original series it should actually produce. Customers do not need to be a member of Prime, as the pilots will be free to everyone visiting the Amazon Instant Video site. But there's a catch.

"Completed seasons will be exclusively available to Prime members through Prime Instant Video and LOVEFiLM in the UK for free," the studio added.

Here's the list of comedy pilots in production along with their brief descriptions:

Alpha House
Alpha House was written by Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer-Prize winner Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury, Tanner ’88). Alpha House follows four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington DC.

Browsers
Written by 12-time Emmy-winning comedy writer David Javerbaum (The Daily Show) and to be directed by Don Scardino (30 Rock), Browsers is a musical comedy set in contemporary Manhattan that follows four young people as they start their first jobs at a news website.

Dark Minions
Written by Big Bang Theory co-stars Kevin Sussman and John Ross Bowie, Dark Minions is an animated workplace series about two slackers just trying to make a paycheck working an intergalactic warship. The pilot will be produced by Principato-Young (Reno 911).

The Onion Presents: The News
The Onion Presents: The News is a smart, fast-paced scripted comedy set behind the scenes of The Onion News Network that shows just how far journalists will go to stay at the top of their game. The Onion Presents: The News is from The Onion’s Will Graham & Dan Mirk (The Onion News Network, The Onion Sportsdome).

Supanatural (not to be confused with the CW's Supernatural)
Supanatural is an animated comedy series about two outspoken divas who are humanity's last line of defense against the supernatural, when they're not working at the mall. The series, written by Lily Sparks, Price Peterson and Ryan Sandoval, will be produced by Jason Micallef (Butter) and Kristen Schaal (The Daily Show).

Those Who Can’t
Written by Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland and Benjamin Roy (Grawlix), who were discovered through Amazon Studios online open door process, Those Who Can’t is a comedy about three juvenile, misfit teachers who are just as immature, if not more so, than the students they teach.

"Amazon has been so innovative and successful in so many realms, it's impossible not to get excited about its new venture into online programming. We look forward to partnering with Amazon's creative team, making a great show, and as the holidays approach, receiving free two-day shipping for the entire cast and crew,” said Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, writer of comedy series Alpha House.

This should be interesting.

 

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    Jerky_san , December 22, 2012 6:33 PM
    Hmm this actually seems like a smart move.. If they can get into making their own TV shows/news.. Then they already have payers to watch.. Very interesting..
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    Devoteicon , December 22, 2012 7:09 PM
    Quote:
    we have received more than 2,000 series ideas from creators around the world with all different backgrounds


    1,800 of which feature Adam Sandler.
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    back_by_demand , December 22, 2012 7:46 PM
    Jerky_sanHmm this actually seems like a smart move.. If they can get into making their own TV shows/news.. Then they already have payers to watch.. Very interesting..

    Traditional TV channels like CBS or ABC will go APE SHIT!!!
    ...
    They have almost zero room for diversification, they will not want anyone cutting into their game
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    olaf , December 22, 2012 8:07 PM
    FFS 90% of the series are crap comedies, and 9% are shit and the 1% are good and get cancelled in the first season...
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    wannabepro , December 22, 2012 8:16 PM
    First, I am very happy at this news, the more competitors the better..
    The only show I am remotely interested in is Dark Minions; however, maybe some of the others will pique my interest.
    What astounds me is that excellent TV shows like Firefly, or Last Resort get cancelled in their first season.. Is the secret recipe to a successful TV show to make it a pointless recycled dribble so people don't have to think?

    How can a show like Firefly get cancelled while complete crap like The Office continues many seasons...
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    jupiter optimus maximus , December 22, 2012 8:54 PM
    Quote:
    Alpha House
    Alpha House was written by Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer-Prize winner Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury, Tanner ’88). Alpha House follows four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington DC.

    Episode 1: The four 8-term senators play the original Call of Duty on their Xbox, while the entire country falls off the fiscal cliff.
    Episode 2: They debate as to who killed more Nazis.
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    catbus1 , December 22, 2012 9:08 PM
    All of those sound absolutely terrible.
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    CaedenV , December 22, 2012 10:42 PM
    I hope it goes better than the Netflix origional series attempts. They are not downright awful... but they are just kinda 'bla' and you can tell they are trying too hard and are not simply enjoying themselves.
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