Amazon is taking the next step in original content production, announcing that it has chosen five pilots for full series development: "Alpha House," a Garry Trudeau comedy about four senators living together; "Betas," a series about four young people trying to make it in the tech start-up community; and three children series: "Annebots," "Creative Galaxy" and "Tumbleaf."
The pilots were posted along with nine other potential shows for Amazon users to watch and critique. Amazon weighed the comments left by viewers when deciding which shows to greenlight.
"We are thrilled at the enthusiastic customer response to our first original pilots," Amazon Studios Director Roy Price said in a released statement. "We built Amazon Studios so that customers could help decide which stories would make the very best movies and TV shows. It's exciting to see the process in motion, doing exactly what we set out to do. The success of this first set of pilots has given us the push to try this approach with even more shows – this is just the beginning."
Amazon said the series' will be available on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014.
Earlier this month, the first verdict on a pilot posted was reached when Amazon announced it would not pick up a series reboot of the movie "Zombieland." A representative from Amazon confirmed that the other pilots under consideration will not be developed for full series.