amazoncomedysiliconvalleyAmazon Studios is piloting its eighth comedy, and this is one that tech geeks may really enjoy — unless it ends up anything like Bravo’s “Startups: Silicon Valley,” of course.

Directed by Michael Lehmann (Dexter, 40 Days and 40 Nights, True Blood), the show is called called Betas

Here’s Amazon’s description:

Set in the land of Silicon Valley start-ups where the right algorithm can make you king, Betas, written by Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard, follows four computer geeks and their quest for nerd fame as they attempt to crack the ultimate code.

amazonstudios-featured“Amazon is giving us a chance to work outside the TV bureaucracies and connect directly with audiences hungry for original content, and Betas is the perfect match for that model,” said producer Michael London (Sideways).

The show’s stars include Ed Begley Jr., Jon DalyJoe DinicolMargo HarshmanCharlie Saxton and Karan Soni.

Just like the other shows in production at Amazon Studios, viewers will get a chance to watch the show 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.

On Tuesday, Amazon Studios greenlit the production of its seventh comedy Zombieland, based on the 2009 Columbia Pictures movie of the same name. Check out the other six comedies that Amazon is piloting here.

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. 

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