A product of Amazon Studios, the original film and series production arm of Amazon, the six pilot shows include some names you might recognize like Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau and The Daily Show’s David Javerbaum. Amazon says that the series comes from a “diverse set of writers including newcomers to Hollywood and industry veterans with notable credits and awards.”
After production, viewers will get a chance to watch the shows on Amazon Instant Video and then provide feedback to help determine which of the series Amazon will actually produce.
Completed seasons will be exclusively available to Prime members through Prime Instant Video and LOVEFiLM in the UK for free.
Amazon Studios launched in November 2010 and more than 12,000 movie scripts and 2,000 series pilot scripts have been submitted. Television is a new step for the Amazon Studios initiative, which has focused on feature films up to this point, using a public development process that enlists aspiring screenwriters, artists and filmmakers to compete for prizes.
Here are the six comedy pilots. Which one are you looking forward to the most?
Alpha House “follows four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington D.C.” It’s written by Doonesbury creator and Academy Award nominee Garry Trudeau.
“A musical comedy set in contemporary Manhattan that follows four young people as they start their first jobs at a news website.” It’s written by The Daily Show’s David Javerbaum, a 12-time Emmy-winning comedy writer, and will be directed by Don Scardino from 30 Rock.
“An animated workplace series about two slackers just trying to make a paycheck working an intergalactic warship.” It’s written by Big Bang Theory co-stars Kevin Sussman and John Ross Bowie and will be produced by Reno 911’s Principato-Young.
The Onion Presents: The News
“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.” It’s written by The Onion’s Will Graham & Dan Mirk.
“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.” It’s written by Lily Sparks, Price Peterson and Ryan Sandoval, and will be produced by Butter’s Jason Micallef and The Daily Show’s Kristen Schaal.
Those Who Can’t
“A comedy about three juvenile, misfit teachers who are just as immature, if not more so, than the students they teach.” It’s written by Grawlix’s Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland and Benjamin Roy. The writers were discovered through Amazon Studios’ online open door process.