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Not to be outdone by Netflix and Hulu, Amazon has announced plans to produce exclusive content for its video streaming service. The e-commerce giant has ordered the making of pilots episodes for six original comedy series, which will be written by individuals with varying degrees of industry experience, including some veterans.
Some noteworthy names include Pulitzer-Prize winner Garry Trudeau (perhaps best known for his Doonesbury comic strip), David Javerbaum (The Daily Show), Don Scardino (30 Rock), as well as Big Bang Theory co-stars Kevin Sussman and John Ross Bowie. We'll include a full list of the upcoming shows and their writers below.
After the six pilots are completed, Amazon will post them on its Instant Video service for everyone to watch for free. In doing so, the company hopes to receive plenty of feedback about what shows should continue to be produced and which ones should be scrapped. It's unclear if Amazon has an idea about how many shows it wants to make or if all of them have the potential to live on. However, the company has said the shows that make it past one episode will only be available to Amazon Prime members via Prime Instant Video.
"Since launching our original series development effort, we have received more than 2,000 series ideas from creators around the world with all different backgrounds, and we are extremely excited to begin production on our very first set of pilots," Amazon Studios Director Roy Price said. "Amazon has been so innovative and successful in so many realms, it's impossible not to get excited about its new venture into online programming. We look forward to partnering with Amazon's creative team [and] making a great show" Garry Trudeau said.
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