Over the past year, Amazon.com has bolstered its streaming video library beyond typical movies and TV shows by locking down the exclusive streaming rights to such buzzed-about series as Downton Abbey, Falling Skies, Justified and Under the Dome. The Seattle-based company is hoping to now build hype — and attract subscribers — with its own shows. Amazon’s foray into original programming kicks off with Friday’s debut of the political comedy Alpha House, featuring Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and John Goodman as senators who live together.
Alpha House, which will have its premiere on Nov. 15, is the first attempt at original programming by Amazon.com. It’s a small bet by a very big company, but one that could create additional momentum for the further disruption of what we still call television but is quickly becoming something more complicated and interesting.
The original series field just got more crowded thanks to an Internet colossus used to doing things differently — and successfully. First up: John Goodman comedy Alpha House.