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Amazon Moves Forward With Five Original Series

29 May, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

Amazon is moving forward with five original series that will air exclusively on its Prime Instant Video service later this year and in early 2014.

Amazon said it used consumer feedback to decide which comedy and kids series to move forward with. The series include the comedies “Alpha House” and “Betas,” and the children’s shows “Annebots,” “Creative Galaxy” and “Tumbleaf.”

“We built Amazon Studios so that customers could help decide which stories would make the very best movies and TV shows,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “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.”

Amazon Studios launched in November 2010 and the company sifted through 3,600 series pilot scripts to come up with the five original series announced May 29. The company also has 24 movies on its development slate.

“Alpha House” stars John Goodman and follows four senators who become roommates. “Betas” stars Ed Begley Jr. and follows a group of friends trying to launch a mobile social networking company.

“Annebots” is about a young scientist who creates three robot helpers to assist with experiments; “Creative Galaxy” is an animated, interactive art series; and “Tumbleaf” is aimed preschoolers, following the adventures of a blue fox.

“We're thrilled to have emerged safely from this harrowing exercise in online democracy,” said “Alpha House” creator Garry Trudeau. “All of us at Alpha House thank both Amazon and its wise and wonderful customer base for such a happy outcome. As the future of episodic TV packs up and moves to Seattle, we hope the audience will continue to have as much fun watching the show as we have making it.”

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