Amazon OKs five original series after viewer vote

Amazon has announced the five original TV series it will make this year after seeking customer feedback on 14 pilot shows. Political comedy Alpha House, starring John Goodman, and Betas, a sitcom about Silicon Valley, were among those selected for full series production.

Children’s programmes Annebots, Creative Galaxy and Tumbleaf will also be made.

The shows will initially be shown on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service, marking Amazon’s first foray into original programming, following in the footsteps of rivals Netflix and YouTube.

The pilots were shown on Amazon.com in the US and on LOVEFiLM in the UK last month, with customers asked to help decide which series should be made.

Pilots that were not picked up as full series included Zombieland, a comedy based on the 2009 movie, and Browsers, a musical comedy starring Fraser’s Bebe Neuwirth.

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