Amazon announces Six Original Comedy Series for Prime Instant Video

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(Best Syndication News) - Amazon Studios (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced plans for six original comedy series that will be made available for Amazon Instant Video customers and for Amazon customers to watch for free with the Prime Instant Video service subscription. Amazon Studios will produce the pilot episodes for the new shows, which will include Emmy-winning writers, Academy Award nominees, and TV stars.

Amazon Studios also discovered new talent with their open-door development process through the company’s scriptwriting contests. Once the pilot shows air, the viewers will be the judge as to whether the series continues with more episodes.

Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios, said that they had received over 2,000 series pitches from all over the world through their open-door development process.

The final six comedy shows that made it to pilot production are Alpha House, Browsers, Dark Minions, The Onion Presents: The News, Supanatural, and Those Who Can’t.

Alpha House is about four senators who rent a house together in Washington D.C. Garry Trudeau, an Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer-Prize winner, wrote the story.

Browsers is a musical themed comedy. The story setting is Manhattan and involves the lives of four young adults who work their first jobs at a news website.

Dark Minions is an animated series about two lazy people who work from paycheck-to-paycheck on an intergalactic warship. The story was written by Kevin Sussman and John Ross Bowie.

The Onion Presents: The News is a scripted comedy that shows life behind the scenes of the Onion News Network. The Onion is known for their silly satirical news shows which are produced for a laugh.

Supanatural is another animated series about two divas that have to defend against the supernatural, but they have to save the superhero antics until after their shift at the mall. The series is written by Lily Sparks, Price Peterson and Ryan Sandoval, and will be produced by Jason Micallef and Kristen Schaal.

Those Who Can’t is about three immature oddball teachers who might be less mature than the students they teach. The writers, Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland and Benjamin Roy (Grawlix), were the winners of the online open door process.

By: Nancy Connors
Entertainment Reporter

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