Amazon Fills Its Video Cart With 2 Comedies

Over the past year, 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.