Now Amazon Has Its Own Political 'TV' Series
Greenlights Garry Trudeau's 'Alpha House' for online series
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2013 2:47 PM CDT
John Goodman is one of the stars of the Amazon show.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Amazon is ramping up its competition with Netflix: The latter has House of Cards, and now Amazon has its own original series set in DC ... with "House" in the title. Alpha House was created by Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, who also writes the series about four Republican senators living together. The pilot (which features cameos by Bill Murray and Stephen Colbert) went online a month ago, along with 13 others, and Amazon looked at customer feedback to determine which to pick up for a full season. Alpha House was one of just two comedy pilots to make the cut.

The Washington Post describes Alpha House as "political satire" in which the senators, played by John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, and Matt Malloy "live like frat brothers." It was inspired by a real Capitol Hill property in which Democratic senators have lived over the years, and it's been kicking around in Trudeau's brain since 2008. Notes the director of Amazon Studios, "When it comes to Washington and its foibles and what makes it unique, few people have been more insightful and more knowledgeable than Garry Trudeau."

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Jun 2, 2013 7:23 PM CDT
Has anyone that left comments actually watched the show "Alpha House" on Amazon? The shows "Pilot" was great, the actors blended well. Also their timing with jokes, expressions were wonderful. This show would be more for someone who can get the inside jokes about politics. I'm glad to see that Amazon will be making more.
May 31, 2013 1:08 AM CDT
I watched all the shows. As a Goodman fan, I thought the show was one of the worst ones.
May 30, 2013 5:35 PM CDT
If it's not available on DVD, we don't want it.