Amazon Studios has ordered six pilots for Amazon Instant Video, including "Browsers," a musical comedy set at a Huffington Post-like website. All six pilots will be hosted on Amazon Instant Video and viewer response will determine which pilots get a series order.
"Since launching our original series development effort, we have received more than 2,000 series ideas from creators around the world with all different backgrounds, and we are extremely excited to begin production on our very first set of pilots," Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. "The six comedy pilots will begin production shortly, and once they are complete, we plan to post the pilots on Amazon Instant Video for feedback. We want Amazon customers to help us decide which original series we should produce."
Viewers will be able to watch all six pilots for free, but when a show goes to series it will be exclusively available to Amazon Prime members through Prime Instant Video and LOVEFILM in the UK.
Amazon's descriptions of the six comedy pilots:
"Alpha House" was written by Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer-Prize winner Garry Trudeau ("Doonesbury," "Tanner ’88"). "Alpha House" follows four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington DC.
Written by 12-time Emmy-winning comedy writer David Javerbaum ("The Daily Show") and to be 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.
Written by "Big Bang Theory" co-stars Kevin Sussman and John Ross Bowie, "Dark Minions" is an animated workplace series about two slackers just trying to make a paycheck working an intergalactic warship. The pilot will be produced by Principato-Young ("Reno 911").
"The Onion Presents: The News"
"The Onion Presents: The News" is a smart, 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. "The Onion Presents: The News" is from "The Onion's" Will Graham & Dan Mirk ("The Onion News Network," "The Onion Sportsdome").
"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, written by Lily Sparks, Price Peterson and Ryan Sandoval, will be 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.