Amazon greenlights six of 10 pilots, renews Alpha House

Hour-long dramas The After and Bosch and half-hour dramedies Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent will air on Prime Instant Video. Comedy The Rebels is among those sacked, and the future of Betas is in question.
March 31, 2014

Amazon Studios announced Monday that it has greenlit six of the ten original series tested during Amazon Prime Instant Video’s second pilot season earlier this year – the hour-long dramas The After and Bosch; the half-hour dramedies Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent (pictured above); and the children’s shows Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and Wishenpoof! (pictured below).

Not picked up were The Rebels, a half-hour comedy about a woman (Natalie Zea) struggling to retain ownership of a failing pro-football team after her husband dies, and the children’s shows Hardboiled Eggheads, The Jo B. & G. Raff Show and Maker Shack Agency.

wishenpoofAmazon also confirmed Monday that it has ordered a season two of Garry Trudeau’s satirical political series Alpha House, starring John Goodman, which will premiere this summer. The company did not order a second season of Silicon Valley start-up comedy Betas, the other show from its first pilot season, but says it hasn’t made a final decision on the fate of of the show.

The streaming service has ordered eight episodes of The After and 10 episodes of Bosch, Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent. Amazon will reportedly premiere some of the shows later this year, and others in 2015.

Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, says double the number of customers watched these pilots compared to the first season. Though the commissioning process appears democratic, the company doesn’t reveal much detail about how much impact viewer choice has on its selection process.  Here is a bit more about the shows, for those who haven’t checked out the pilots:

  • Created by Chris Carter (The X-Files), The After follows eight strangers who have been thrown together by mysterious forces, and trying to survive in a world of turmoil after an apocalyptic event.
  • Bosch is an adaptation of Michael Connelly’s best-selling book series about a relentless chain-smoking LAPD homicide detective. Co-written by Connelly and Eric Overmyer.
  • Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street is a live-action adventure show created by David Anaxagoras, a pre-school teacher and first-time writer who was discovered through Amazon Studios’ open-door submission process.
  • Wishenpoof! is made by Angela Santomero, creator of Blue’s Clues, Creative Galaxy, and the Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS literacy series literacy series Super Why!. Amazon says its original preschool programming is developed with the aid of a board of advisors led by Dr. Alice Wilder, one of the world’s foremost experts in educational and child psychology.

This summer, Amazon will also premiere its first children’s series Creative Galaxy, Tumble Leaf and Annedroids exclusively on Prime Instant Video.

When this article was first published, Super Why! was erroneously described as a Amazon Studios series. It was produced by PBS Kids.

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Todd is StreamDaily's U.S. West Coast Correspondent. He has written for a wide range of publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, NylonGuys and, yes, even the Weekly World News. Earlier in his career, he served as senior editor for the pioneering alternative movie magazine Film Threat. You can reach him at toddrlongwell[at] or on twitter @toddlongwell1

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