In 2010 Amazon created Amazon Studios and earlier this year they announced that they would begin producing original, scripted content. Today, they revealed a slate of six comedy shows that could end up on Amazon Instant Video and the UK’s Lovefilm. A pilot from each show will be produced and posted on Amazon Instant Video, where users can give feedback which will help determine whether Amazon should invest in a full season.
While a few of the show writers are unknowns found through Amazon Studios, most have prior comedy successes under their belts. Garry Trudeau, best known for Doonesbury, will write Alpha House, about four senators living together in Washington, DC. Daily Show writer David Javerbaum and 30 Rock director Don Scardino will work on musical comedy Browsers, and Big Bang Theory stars Kevin Sussman and John Ross Bowie will write Dark Minions, an animated workplace comedy about “working an intergalactic warship.”
The Onion will also contribute a spinoff of its own news network, called The Onion Presents: The News. On the lesser-known side, there’s animated comedy Supanatural and a show about teachers called Those Who Can’t.
The company has not announced a timeline for the shows, which will compete with original content like House of Cards and a new season of Arrested Development on Netflix.