Amazon Greenlights ‘Betas,’ ‘Alpha House’ and Three Children’s Series

After experimenting with a democratic method of developing new series by allowing viewers to vote for their favorite pilots out of a crop of 14, Amazon has picked up its first five original series. Comedies Alpha House and Betas, as well as three children’s series, Annebots, Creative Galaxy and Tumbleaf, have all been greenlit for full seasons that will begin streaming exclusively on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014.

“We are thrilled at the enthusiastic customer response to our first original pilots,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios in a statement. “We built Amazon Studios so that customers could help decide which stories would make the very best movies and TV shows. It’s exciting to see the process in motion, doing exactly what we set out to do. The success of this first set of pilots has given us the push to try this approach with even more shows– this is just the beginning.”

Political comedy Alpha House stars John Goodman and hails from Pulitzer-Prize winner Gary Trudeau. The series follows four “misfit senators” and roommates played by Goodman, Clark Johnson (The Wire), Matt Malloy (In the Company of Men) and Mark Consuelos (American Horror Story: Asylum), who rent a house together in Washington DC. Meanwhile,Betas is set in the heart of Silicon Valley, and focuses on four friends who have developed a mobile social networking app. Betas stars Ed Begley Jr. (Family Tree), Jon Daly (Kroll Show), Joe Dinicol (The L.A. Complex), Margo Harshman (The Big Bang Theory), Charlie Saxton (Hung) and Karan Soni (Safety Not Guaranteed).

As for the children’s series, Annebots is designed to get kids interested in science and technology with the help of its young robot-building protagonist Anne, Creative Galaxy is an interactive art adventure series and Tumbleaf follows the adventures of a blue fox named Fig.

As previously reported, Amazon’s most high profile pilot, Zombieland, will not be moving forward.

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