Amazon Studios has finally ordered five original series from the 14 pilots they made available for free back in April. From the feedback received through Amazon viewers and LOVEFiLM customers, they decided on these final five to be the first original series for the company.
“We are thrilled at the enthusiastic customer response to our first original pilots,” Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “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.”
Here’s a rundown of the pilots going to series:
‘Alpha House’ stars John Goodman and was written by Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer-Prize winner Garry Trudeau and produced by Elliot Webb and Jonathan Alter, is a comedy about four misfit senators turned unlikely roommates (Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos) who rent a house together in Washington DC. Oh yeah, we also get a few minutes of a very profane Bill Murray!
‘Betas’ is set in the land of Silicon Valley start-ups and was written by Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard. The story follows four friends as they attempt to strike it rich with a new mobile social networking app. Ed Begley Jr., Jon Daly, Joe Dinicol, Charlie Saxton and Karan Soni star in the show. Michael Lehmann will direct and produce the show along with Emmy Award winners Alan Freedland and Alan Cohen, and Academy Award nominee Michael London. Keep an eye out for a cameo by Moby.
‘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 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 Blue’s Clues and the Emmy-nominated literacy series, Super Why!
‘Tumbleaf’ was created by Drew Hodges and Kelli Bixler of Bix Pix Entertainment, the 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. Children will be enriched by narratives that promote play through exploration and scientific thinking.
The five series encompass a unique variety of entertainment for Amazon. They are set to begin production on a full series of episodes that will air exclusively on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014.