Amazon just took the lid off of a bunch of new, original series it's taking to pilot, and surprise—some of them actually look really good. All Things D has the rundown on all six, and details about how they'll be rolled out.
- Alpha House, about "four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington DC.". Written by Doonsebury creator Garry Trudeau, who also made the vastly underappreciated "Tanner '88″ for HBO.
- Browsers, "a musical comedy set in contemporary Manhattan that follows four young people as they start their first jobs at a news website", from former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum.
- Dark Minions, an animated series "about two slackers just trying to make a paycheck working an intergalactic warship" from Big Bang Theory's co-stars Kevin Sussman and John Ross Bowie.
- The Onion Presents: The News, "set behind the scenes of The Onion News Network."
- Supanatural, an animated series about "two outspoken divas who are humanity's last line of defense against the supernatural"; one of the producers is Daily Show star Kristen Schaal.
- Those Who Can't, "about three juvenile, misfit teachers", written by three guys Amazon found via its open call for submissions.
That behind the scenes at ONN show looks especially fun. And a lot of you guys sure do like Big Bang Theory.
We've known that Amazon's getting into original content for a while, and details have leaked out about a few of these shows over the past month or so. And it's only natural progression, following Hulu and Netflix down the creator hole.
Still, the last detail of this, from Peter Kafka, is pretty interesting:
So: New shows! That you can vote on. Sounds pretty fun, you know, unless 4chan votes in a one-camera Kim Jong Un vehicle. [AllThingsD]