[TV] Amazon Originals Alpha House and Betas To Premiere This Month
Posted by Joseph Lee on 11.04.2013
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Coming Soon reports that Amazon's original shows Alpha House and Betas will debut this month with eleven-episode series. Alpha House premieres on November 15 and Betas debuts on November 22.
The first three episodes of each show will be available to Amazon customers for free through Amazon Instant Video on Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, and other connected devices. They will also be online at Amazon.com/AIV. After that there will be one episode a week exclusively on Prime Instant Video. The pilot episodes can be viewed on any Amazon Instant Video app or at Amazon.com/AIV.
Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios, said: "Based on customers' enthusiastic response to the pilot episodes we are counting down the days until we can share more of the political and entrepreneurial exploits of our Alpha House and Betas characters. Our goal is to make great TV shows that customers will love and we hope they're going to love these shows. We will release three episodes upfront for all customers so they can try out the shows and get to know the characters. Then we will release new episodes via Prime Instant Video week by week so that customers can chat about the shows and build up anticipation. We're constantly experimenting and trying new things—and we're eager to hear customers' feedback on this model." Alpha House was written by Garry Trudeau and produced by Trudeau, Elliot Webb and Jonathan Alter.
Here's a synopsis: A comedy about four misfit senators (John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos) who rent a house together in Washington DC. The roomies are joined by Cynthia Nixon, Amy Sedaris, Wanda Sykes, and Julie White, who share in the outrageous—and sometimes all-too-real—follies of Washington politics.
Trudeau said: "The first season is about the fight for survival among incumbent Republican senators first elected in the pre-Tea Party era. Even though they're all solidly conservative, three of the four senators living in Alpha House are facing strong primary challenges from the right. The struggle to hold onto their core values drives both the comedy and the drama in our show. We think we've kept the show realistic in its essential details, while taking broad satirical liberties you might expect. We also tried to make a few political points along the way, but mostly, we wanted the show to be as much fun for the audience as we and the cast had making it."
Betas was written by Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard. It stars Joe Dinicol, Karan Soni, Jon Daly, Charlie Saxton and Maya Erskine with special appearances from Ed Begley Jr. Michael Lehmann directs and produces with Alan Freedland, Alan Cohen and Michael London.
Here's a synopsis: Set in the land of Silicon Valley start-ups, "Betas" follows four friends as they attempt to strike it rich with a new mobile social networking app.
Freedland added: "We're thrilled that Amazon has given us the creative freedom to produce a show like Betas. And we're excited for audiences to watch it on their TVs, tablets, phones...and devices not yet invented."