Amazon Studios has confirmed that comedy series Alpha House will be given a second season on the streaming service and also given the green light to Bosch and six other Amazon Original shows.
Earlier this month, we reported that Bosch, based on Michael Connelly’s novels and starring Titus Welliver, had been given the go-ahead for a full series following a period of public voting on a wave of Amazon Original TV pilots. Indeed, Amazon’s approach to its original content is dramatically different to other VOD services, commissioning a range of pilot episodes for the public to provide feedback on. The best reviewed titles are then developed into complete shows.
From this year’s selection, Amazon has approved two kids shows – Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Wishenpoof! – and four adult dramas, including The After, a sci-fi show from The X-Files creator Chris Carter, Bosch, Transparent, a white-people-have-troubles dramedy from the creator of Six Feet Under and starring Jeffrey Tambor, and Mozart in the Jungle, a classical music series starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a sexy conductor.
In addition to this, it has also been announced that Amazon Studios’ original comedy series Alpha House – one of last year’s pilots – will be returning for another run. Production on the new season is scheduled to begin this summer and cast members John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy will all be reprising their roles of Senators-turned-roomies.
The show has already generated “more than 6,000 five-star reviews from its first season alone”, says Amazon. Our own review was far less favourable.
For our own verdicts of each of this year’s pilots, head this way. The episodes are still available to stream for free to everyone.