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Dave Hill Clears Up the Amazon-Hachette Dispute for Dick Cavett and Malcolm Gladwell

The battle between Amazon and Hachette books rages on without any comment from Amazon, so Dave Hill put together this video with legendary TV host Dick Cavett and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell to clear up any confusion surrounding the issue. Cavett, at least, is satisfied by Hill's creative way of breaking down Amazon's side of the situation.

Amazon Is Taking Comedy Series Submissions Again

Amazon is taking another round of open submissions for the website's streaming service Amazon Instant Video. Check out the details on how to submit your project. They're looking specifically for live-action half-hour comedies, including subgenres like dark comedy and comedy-dramas. Amazon originally took submissions back in the fall of 2012, resulting in a batch of pilots that resulted in two series orders (Alpha House, Betas) and included one pilot, The Grawlix's Those Who Can't, that came from the open submission process.

After their respective first seasons, Amazon renewed Alpha House, canceled Betas, and ordered two new comedies: Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent.

Amazon Plans a Free Ad-Supported Streaming Service

Amazon.com is changing up its streaming service. Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is planning to launch a free ad-supported streaming network and will do away with only offering video to members via a $99 a year plan with Amazon Prime.

The new free service will likely feature original content, something that Amazon started getting into last year with the launch of sits first shows Alpha House and Betas. Alpha House was renewed for a second season, while WSJ reports that when it comes to Betas,  Amazon "is unlikely to renew the series for a second season" but they have been talking about producing the show for the [...]

Looking at Amazon's Three New Comedy Pilots

Amazon released their new slate of pilots for free online last week, including three new comedies Mozart in the Jungle, The Rebels, and Transparent. Like last year, Amazon will greenlight the pilots that get the most views and positive feedback, so we checked out the selection to get a closer look at the site's new comedy candidates and try to guess which shows have the best chance of getting picked up to series.

The Complete Guide to Everything: Drones

This week we drone on about drones (HAHA just kidding, that's just a joke… a preview of some of the hilarity you'll hear in this episode), but not the controversial scary kind. Tom has become obsessed with Amazon's recently announced prototypical drone delivery service and has some big plans for when its implemented.

We also talk about an encounter on the street with a few colorful characters of varying levels of attractiveness and we discuss the job of "futurist" as a possible career path. And in a new installment of Tim & Tom Solve Your Problems, we discuss a listener's question about her devotion to her pets.

This week's [...]

Watch the Pilot for 'The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail' on Amazon for Free

Comedy Central's new standup series The Meltdown doesn't premiere until July 23rd, but the pilot is already available for viewing on Amazon Instant Video for free. The episode's lineup includes Steve Agee, David Koechner, Neal Brennan, Moshe Kasher, and plenty of cuts to the backstage scene with Meltdown producer and Nanjiani's wife Emily Gordon, so get ahead of the curve by watching the free episode now over at Amazon.

Jay Chandrasekhar to Write, Direct, and Star in Amazon Pilot 'Really'

Amazon has added another comedy pilot to its lineup. Deadline reports that Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar will write, direct, and star in the new single-cam comedy Really opposite Sarah Chalke. Rounding out the cast is Selma Blair, Luka Jones (Up All Night), Travis Schuldt (It's Always Sunny), Lindsay Sloane (Weeds, Kroll Show), Hayes Macarthur (Go On), and Collette Wolfe (Young Adult). Really follows a group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago led by Chandrasekhar as a "happily, messily married neurologist Jed" and Chalke as "lawyer/mom Lori." Really joins newly added Amazon comedies Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent as well as a recent series order for the Whit [...]

Amazon Studios Orders 'Mozart in the Jungle' and 'Transparent' to Series

Last month, Amazon Studios added 10 new pilots to its original slate including three comedies, and Variety reports that two have officially been picked up to series following a test round with online views and feedback. Both Mozart in the Jungle (co-created by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Alex Timbers) and Transparent (written and directed by Jill Soloway) will join two drama pilots (Bosch, The After) as the online studio's newest greenlit projects. For a closer look at Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent, check out our pilot reviews from February.

The 91 Best Comedies Currently Streaming Online

As Netflix original shows such as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards made splashes at the Golden Globes, it’s easy to forget that Netflix started as a movie delivery service. But Netflix, along with Amazon and Hulu, still offers plenty of great comedy movies and TV shows across a range of sub-genres. We sorted through those absurdly specific categories, stoner-pandering straight-to-streaming movies, and frustrating-looking standup specials to compile the best 91 comedies available for streaming across the three services. (This is a guide just to streaming services, so great shows like Eagleheart and The Eric Andre Show which are both available via their network's [...]

Stephen Colbert Has Some Thoughts on Amazon's Delivery Drones

With the news that Amazon wants to start delivering products via drone within in the next few years, Stephen Colbert decided to help out the mega-retailer with an even bolder idea as to how its customers can get their products ASAP. We'll see if Bezos has the balls to go through with Colbert's plan.

Amazon Adds Comedy Pilot 'Red Oaks' from Steven Soderbergh

Amazon Studios has added another comedy pilot to its lineup for pickup consideration later this year. According to Variety, the online network has added an '80s-set coming-of-age comedy called Red Oaks starring Craig Roberts (Submarine, Neighbors) as a college student who lands a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at a suburban New Jersey country club. Paul Reiser, Richard Kind, Jennifer Grey, and Oliver Cooper also star in the pilot, which is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, directed by Pineapple Express and Eastbound and Down's David Gordon Green, and written by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi. Red Oaks joins Whit Stillman's The Cosmopolitans as one of [...]

Amazon Orders a Dramedy Series by Whit Stillman Starring Adam Brody and Chloë Sevigny

Amazon announced in a press release today that they've greenlit two new series, including a dramatic comedy written, directed, and produced by Whit Stillman. Titled The Cosmopolitans, the series follows "a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship in a foreign city." The pilot stars Adam Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Åsblom, Shaun Evans, and Adriano Giannini and begins production in Paris this week. For more on Stillman's work, check out our complete primer here.

Amazon Renews 'Alpha House' for Season 2, Creator Garry Trudeau to Put 'Doonesbury' on Hold

Streaming service Amazon Studios has renewed its John Goodman comedy series Alpha House for a second season, Washington Post reports. Alpha House, which stars Goodman as one of four Republican Senators, concluded its 11-episode first season last month. There's no word on how many episodes the second season will consists of or when it will debut. The fate of Amazon's other new comedy, Betas, has yet to be announced one way or the other.

Alpha House's creator, Garry Trudeau, will put his long-running daily comic strip Doonesbury on an extended hiatus to work on the new season of his Amazon show. He will continue to create [...]

Bill Murray and Anthony Weiner to Guest Star in 'Alpha House's Finale

Bill Murray turned up for a surprising cameo in the premiere episode of Amazon's new John Goodman political comedy Alpha House, and The Wrap reports that he'll be back in the show's season finale, which is set to debut on Amazon this Friday. Murray will be reprising his role of jailed Senator Vernon Smits, which he played briefly in the show's pilot, in the new episode alongside guest stars like Tom Brokaw and disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, who will be making his acting debut.