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.

Credit: Getty Images
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.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Drive charged in fatal hit and run, police…

The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for a fatal hit and run in Manhattan last weekend. Doohee Cho, 33, was hit…

Local

Mayor de Blasio raises minimum wage for some…

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday morning that will raise the minimum wage for workers employed by private companies that receive more…

National

3 myths about the working poor

Linda Tirado works to debunk some common stereotypes about the working poor in her new book, "Hand to Mouth."

Money

Lawsuit funding advances: friend or foe?

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Many plaintiffs awaiting resolution of their lawsuit or legal claim often find themselves in a tricky financial…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

Entertainment

Interview: Metro chats with filmmaker Meir Kalmanson, man…

A New York filmmaker hands out smiles to its residents.

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 30: 'Selfie,' 'Utopia'…

'Selfie' This modern day take on the "My Fair Lady" story stars John Cho in the Henry Higgins role. Perhaps instead of "the rain in…

Music

Can't-miss weekend events continue to attract the masses

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Earlier this summer, the Firefly Music Festival drew crowds of tens of thousands of people to Dover, Delaware.…

MLB

Mets 2014 report card

The Mets wrapped up their eight straight season without a playoff appearance last weekend. Needless to say, they fell a bit short of general manager…

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

Style

Products that support breast cancer awareness and research

Asics GT-1000, $100 Asics’ third pink collection in collaboration with Christina Applegate’s Right Action for Women includes this pink-accented version of its best-selling GT-1000 3…

Wellbeing

Dr. Marisa Weiss: Where we stand on breast…

As an oncologist and a survivor herself, Dr. Marisa Weiss knows the urgency felt by those diagnosed with breast cancer. Genetic testing has accelerated the…

Wellbeing

Bees' stingers hold new hope for cancer cure

A promising new lead in the search for a cancer cure has turned up in a place that most people naturally avoid. A team from…

Home

Emily Henderson on small space design

Design expert Emily Henderson shows us how to upgrade our cramped quarters.