Amazon picks up John Goodman's 'Alpha House,' 'Betas' to series
The other pickups are another comedy, "Betas," and three kids' shows: "Annebots," "Creative Galaxy" and "Tumbleaf."
"Alphas," created by "Doonesbury" author Garry Trudeau, is about four senators who share a house in Washington. It also stars Mark Consuelos ("All My Children"), Clark Johnson ("The Wire") and Matt Malloy ("Tanner '88").
"Betas" stars Jon Daly, Joe Dinicol, Charlie Saxton and Karan Soni as four friends working in Silicon Valley and trying to create the next big app. Ed Begley Jr. also stars.
"Annebots" follows a girl who builds three robots to help her perform science experiments. "Creative Galaxy" comes from the creator of "Super Why!" and has interactive elements to help kids learn. "Tumbleaf" follows a fox named Fig as he explores the world around him.
Amazon put all of its pilots online and let viewers vote on which ones they wanted to see go to series. One of the highest-profile projects, an adaptation of the movie "Zombieland," didn't make the cut, prompting one of its creators to lash out against people who voted it down.
The five shows will debut more episodes late this year or early in 2014.