Amazon moving ahead with five original TV series

Amazon said on Wednesday that it will make five original TV series, having used viewer feedback to pick the shows out of a group of 14 pilots filmed by the world’s largest Internet retailer earlier this year.

The chosen pilots are: “Alpha House,” a political comedy starring John Goodman; “Betas,” a comedy about start-up culture in Silicon Valley; “Annebots,” a kids’ show about robots; “Creative Galaxy,” an animated art adventure series; and “Tumbleaf,” another kids’ show about a small blue fox named Fig.

These are the first TV series ever made by Amazon and represent a major foray for the company into original programming delivered over the Internet, stepping up competition with Netflix and Hulu.

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The online retail giant Amazon is moving into Netflix’s territory. Credit: Getty Images

The new series will be shown exclusively on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service later this year and in early 2014, the company said. Prime Instant Video is free for members of Amazon’s Prime service, which offers two-day shipping and other benefits in the United States for $79 a year.

Amazon posted all 14 TV pilots online for anyone to watch in April and encouraged viewers to give feedback. The company analyzed the reviews and other data, such as how long people watched, to try to pick shows that are more likely to do well as full series.

“We’re thrilled to have emerged safely from this harrowing exercise in online democracy,” said Garry Trudeau, the Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist who created and wrote “Alpha House.”

Amazon will shoot 12 more episodes of “Alpha House” to complete the first season, which will air starting in November, Trudeau added.

Pilots that were not picked up as full series included “Zombieland,” a comedy based on the successful movie of the same name, and “Browsers,” a musical comedy starring Bebe Neuwirth.

Rhett Reese, the writer and producer of “Zombieland,” blamed viewer feedback for the TV show’s demise.

“I’ll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard ‘Zombieland’ fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence,” he wrote on Twitter.

The other pilots that did not make it were: “Dark Minions,” “Onion News Network,” “Supanatural,” “Those Who Can’t,” “Positively Ozitively,” “Sara Solves It” and “Teeny Tiny Dogs.”



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