Amazon announced today the premiere dates for its first two original comedies. The John Goodman-starring Alpha House, about a quartet of Washington D.C. senators living together, will debut November 15th. The Silicon Valley startup sitcom Betas, starring Jon Daly, will begin airing November 22nd.
Amazon will make the first three episodes of each show free on Amazon Instant Video on those dates, and roll out one new episode of each on the subscription service in subsequent weeks. The first season of each show is 11 episodes long. Amazon let viewers view and rate their entire slate of pilots they were developing into potential shows, with execs choosing to [...]
We're still in the very early days of web TV, with Amazon, Yahoo!, Netflix, and Hulu having emerged as the first generation of high-quality streaming content creators. Yahoo! rebranded its video site "Yahoo! Screen" in 2011 and soon got into the comedy game with Ken Marino and Erica Oyama's Emmy-nominated Burning Love, Seth Morris's First Dates with Toby Harris, and the sketch show Sketchy amongst their first batch of shows.
Today, Yahoo! debuts five new original 10-minute (or less) comedies, including projects from Ed Helms, Jack Black, Cheryl Hines, and more. All 10-12 episodes of each show have been posted today, instead of rolling them out week by week. [...]
Netflix is getting into the standup special game. "Beyond series, we will be expanding our Originals initiative to include broadly appealing feature documentaries and standup comedy specials," the company announced yesterday in a letter to shareholders. Standup specials are already a huge part of Netflix's streaming service, but so far, they've only showcased specials that were produced via networks like Comedy Central or independently and then sold to Netflix. Comedy Central and HBO now have a new competitor in the standup special game.
Arrested Development's long-awaited fourth season debuted all at once on Netflix's streaming service this past weekend. Given the show's penchant for in-jokes and subtle callbacks, I expected this to be something that they kept up in the new season, but what I didn't expect is for Season 4 to be even denser with running jokes and references than the previous seasons. Going through this new crop of 15 episodes, it becomes clear that, because they were all produced at the same time, they're more interwoven and callback/foreshadowing-heavy than Arrested Development's ever been. Here's an obsessive guide to the new season's best sneaky jokes, including the real George Maharis, the [...]
It's now 3:01am Eastern/12:01am Pacific on Sunday, May 26th, meaning that the long-awaited Netflix debut of Arrested Development's fourth season is really, actually upon us. After over seven years off the air, we finally have new episodes to watch – 15 of them, in fact. Since a lot of you are already binge-watching the new season as we speak, we thought it'd be fun to have this open thread to discuss the episodes, point out secret jokes, and bitch about/praise the new season for being worse/better than the show's original run, depending on how things shake out. Let the bingeing and commenting begin!