Amazon: Viewer Feedback to Help Determine Series Orders
Amazon's 'Zombieland' Hits Web Before on Pilot Release (Video)
Amazon is giving the power to the people.
The streaming service, looking to make noise through the crowded marketplace that includes Netflix and Hulu as well as broadcast and cable networks with more than 100 pilots in the mix, has added all 14 of its pilots online.
With original fare starring everyone from Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor to Roseanne alum John Goodman, Amazon is including a link to a survey to gather feedback on all its originals asking viewers how likely they are to watch future episodes or recommend the show to others. It also wants viewers to rate humor, characters, quality of the performances, writing, music and storyline-specific points and to provide demographic data.
Results will help Amazon weigh the future for originals including programming geared at both adults and children. Here are descriptions of the pilots in the mix at Amazon:
PHOTOS: The Faces of Pilot Season 2013
Alpha House was written by Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury, Tanner ’88) and features Goodman (Roseanne, Argo, Treme), Clark Johnson (The Wire), Matt Malloy (Six Feet Under, Law & Order) and Mark Consuelos (American Horror Story: Asylum, Guys With Kids). Alpha House follows four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington.
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 mobile social networking app. Ed Begley Jr., Jon Daly, Joe Dinicol, Margo Harshman, Charlie Saxton and Karan Soni star. Michael Lehmann (Heathers, True Blood, Dexter, American Horror Story) directed and produced the pilot along with Emmy winners Alan Freedland and Alan Cohen (King of the Hill, Due Date, American Dad) and Academy Award nominee Michael London (Sideways, The Visitor, The Informant).
Written by 12-time Emmy-winning comedy writer David Javerbaum (The Daily Show) and directed by Don Scardino (30 Rock), Browsers is a musical comedy set in contemporary Manhattan that follows four young people as they start their first jobs at a news website and features actress Bebe Neuwirth.
Written by Big Bang Theory co-stars Kevin Sussman and John Ross Bowie, Dark Minions is an animated workplace series about two slackers working on an intergalactic warship and just trying to make a paycheck.
Onion News Empire
Onion News Empire is a fast-paced scripted comedy set behind the scenes of The Onion News Network that shows just how far journalists will go to stay at the top of their game. Tambor (Arrested Development, The Hangover), Chris Masterson (Malcolm in the Middle, American History X), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption, Die Hard 2), Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock, United 93) and Aja Naomi King (Damsels in Distress) star.
Supanatural is an animated comedy series about two outspoken divas who are humanity’s last line of defense against the supernatural -- when they’re not working at the mall. The series was written by Lily Sparks, Price Peterson and Ryan Sandoval, and the pilot was produced by Jason Micallef (Butter) and Kristen Schaal (The Daily Show).
Those Who Can’t
Written by Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland and Benjamin Roy (Grawlix), who were discovered through Amazon Studios’ online open door process, Those Who Can’t is a comedy about three juvenile, misfit teachers who are just as immature, if not more so, than the students they teach.