Season 2 of Alpha House will be released on Amazon Prime Instant Video on Friday 24th October.
The political sitcom was the first of Amazon’s original pilots to be commissioned as a full series. Now, as the scheme produces its best programme yet – Transparent, released last Friday – Amazon has announced that Garry Trudeau’s show will return for 10 more episodes next month.
John Goodman (Argo), Mark Consuelos (All My Children), Clark Johnson (The Wire) and Matt Malloy (Six Feet Under) will reprise their roles as Republican Senators living under one roof in Washington, D.C. dealing with the foibles of Beltway life. They will be joined by guest stars including Bill Murray (Groundhog Day) and Penn & Teller’s Penn Jillette.
The new season of Alpha House finds the Senators maneuvering the hallways of Capitol Hill with a looming midterm election and an unclear political future. Republican Senators Biggs (Goodman), Bettencourt (Johnson) and Laffer (Malloy), having survived bruising primaries, are facing strong Democratic challengers and will use every trick in the book to woo voters on the road to re-election. Meanwhile, Senator Guzman (Consuelos) prepares for a 2016 bid for the presidency, a pursuit that will bring him into possible competition with one of his roommates.
Also returning for the new season are Wanda Sykes (Evan Almighty), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy), Julie White (Transformers), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin), Alicia Sable (Dan in Real Life), Kobi Libii (Girls), Brooke Bloom (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Ben Rameaka (The Wolf of Wall Street), Haley Joel Osment (The Spoils of Babylon), Natalie Gold (Love & Other Drugs), and Willa Fitzgerald (Royal Pains).
“We are grateful that Garry Trudeau took an extended hiatus from his Doonesbury daily strip to focus his time on producing an incredible second season of Alpha House,” says Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios.
The first season failed to impress us – read our review here – but will the upcomng election give the show’s quality a boost?
“Our cast members hit their stride in season two,” said Trudeau. “Alpha House is blessed with actors who can find three laughs for every one on the page, and a crew that rivals any in episodic television. It’s been a privilege to come to work.”