Last April, Amazon debuted the pilots for 14 new, original shows they were considering picking up for their streaming service, Prime Instant Video - the idea was that consumers would be able to watch all of the pilots for free, then vote on which they liked and wanted to see picked up. Now, nearly two months later, the verdict is finally in: According to an announcement from the site today, they have officially chosen five shows to give full season pick-ups to. And no, Zombieland is still not one of them.
The lucky shows are, as follows:
Alpha House, which stars John Goodman and was written by Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer-Prize winner Garry Trudeau and produced by Elliot Webb and Jonathan Alter, is a comedy about four misfit senators turned unlikely roommates (Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos) who rent a house together in Washington DC.
Set in the land of Silicon Valley start-ups, Betas, written by Evan Endicott and Josh Stoddard, follows four friends as they attempt to strike it rich with a new mobile social networking app. Ed Begley Jr., Jon Daly, Joe Dinicol, Charlie Saxton and Karan Soni star in the show. Michael Lehmann will direct and produce the show along with Emmy Award winners Alan Freedland and Alan Cohen, and Academy Award nominee Michael London.
Annebots revolves around Anne, a young scientist, who creates three robot helpers to assist her scientific experiments in the back of her dad’s junkyard. This science-based series from creator J.J. Johnson aims to introduce kids to science and technology in a fun, new way.
Creative Galaxy is an animated interactive art adventure series, designed to inspire kids creative thinking through crafts, story, music and dance. The series was created by Angela Santomero, creator of Blue’s Clues and the Emmy-nominated literacy series, Super Why!.
Tumbleaf was created by Drew Hodges and Kelli Bixler of Bix Pix Entertainment, the award-winning stop motion studio. The series, aimed at preschoolers, is set in a whimsical land where a small blue fox named Fig plays each day and discovers adventure, friendship and love around every bend. Children will be enriched by narratives that promote play through exploration and scientific thinking.
If you don't recall, we actually reviewed all of the comedy pilots last month when they were available for free viewing - we ignored the children's programming - and, real talk, we didn't find any of them that great. For instance: Alpha House just offered the revelation that "broad jokes about Republicans aren't as funny as real life," and Betas, in a math equation, was basically "Workaholics x The Big Bang Theory - charisma/talent = fart." Sad face.
But still - they'll all be available in full on Prime Instant Video starting later this year, and in early 2014.