Amazon Picks Up ‘Alpha House,’ Slashes ‘Zombieland’

/ May 20, 2013


Amazon has begun deciding which of the 14 pilots from its Amazon Studios original programming slate will get full season orders and which ones will get the axe.

Amazon has picked up two comedies and cut another two comedies from the program. From the eight pilots in the comedy field, “Alpha House,” starring John Goodman and written by Gary Trudeau, and “Betas,” starring Ed Begley, Jr. both passed audience reviews and earned full seasons.

John Goodman stars as one of four G.O.P. senators sharing one Washington D.C. house. Similarities to Netflix’s “House of Cards” are already flying, if only due the political arena — where Spacey is sharp wit and cunning, Goodman is just looking for a fourth roommate and attempting to make himself more appealing to his constituents. According to Reuters, “Alpha House” received 2,600 reviews with an average rating of 3.5 stars.

Meanwhile, “Betas” has already earned minor critical praise as it follows a group of young entrepreneurs attempting to craft tech’s next billion-dollar idea. Begley stars as an investor fond of shooting the socially-inept and technically-adept teens down. “Betas” had more than 1,500 reviews and an average rating of 4.5 stars, per Reuters.

Despite the huge cult following for the “Zombieland” movie, the Amazon adaptation neither stacked up to the original nor made Amazon’s cut. A musical comedy about blogging interns called “Browsers” also came in just shy of the approval necessary for the Amazon greenlight.

According to The Verge, Amazon plans to choose anywhere from zero to seven pilots from the initial pool of 14. So, up to five more to go. With four comedy pilots now no longer in the running, that leaves four more comedy pilots and all six children’s shows pilots. No word from Amazon on whether it plans to order a set amount from both the comedy and children’s slates, or if it’s reviewing them on a show-by-show basis.

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