Amazon to Test Pilots of Two Original Dramas

The website will expand its foray into original programming with hour-long drama series, chosen by users.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveils new Kindle reading devices at a press conference on Sep. 6, 2012, in Santa Monica, California.
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With production of two original comedy series and three animated children's shows currently underway, Amazon is looking to expand its foray into original online streaming programming with drama series.

The website announced Thursday it would be posting the pilots of two hour-long dramas online for users to weigh in on, following the process the company used to choose the comedies and animated series. Amazon will take into account viewer feedback when deciding which pilots to take into a full season production.

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One pilot, "Bosh" will bring to life Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, about an LAPD murder investigation. The other pilot, "The After," is described as a supernatural thriller being written and produced by Chris Carter of "The X-Files."

Amazon's venture into original television follows the success of rival online streaming company Netflix, which gained Emmy recognition for its original series. Amazon has said it will not follow Netflix's "binge-watching" model of releasing entire seasons at once, but has not specified how it plans to roll out its series. So far, the political satire comedy "Alpha House," has gained the most buzz, attracting big names like John Goodman, Cynthia Nixon and Wanda Sykes to its roster. That and the four other series chosen in May are expected to be released in late 2013 or early 2014. Amazon has not specified the time frame for the drama series.

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