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amazoncomedyThe geeks are in and the zombies are out. amazonstudios-featured

That’s what Amazon has reportedly decided for the first rounds of cuts of its original comedy TV content.

About a month ago, Amazon’s TV production leg made pilot episodes for eight comedy shows available on Prime and asked the public to pick its favorites.

Zombieland writer-producer Rhett Reese recently tweeted that Amazon had passed on his show.

Meanwhile, it appears that that both Betas, a show about SIlicon Valley geeks, and Alpha House, written by Doonesbury creator and Academy Award nominee Garry Trudeau, have been approved for full-season production.

We’ve reached out to Amazon for confirmation and will update when we hear back.

This is all part of Amazon’s push into the video distribution arena, taking on the likes of Hulu and Netflix, who have been offering their own exclusive content. Initial response to the comedy pilots have been good, Amazon said last month.

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.

Amazon Studios launched in November 2010 and more than 12,000 movie scripts and 2,000 series pilot scripts have been submitted.

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