According to AICN, Amazon will make a big splash with online TV on Thursday.
Ain’t It Cool hears that Amazon is posting its comedy pilot "Zombieland" (and maybe the six other comedies) this Thursday, where it will remain -- free of charage -- for a month.
Honeybun and I just got through Netflix's new remake of "House of Cards" which had its first season released at once exclusively on Netflix. It was expensive looking, well-written, well-acted and generally awesome. I can't wait for the second season.
I'm a little more worried about Amazon's approach. They've made 7 comedy pilots (no word from what I've seen on the budgets for these shows) and will let their customers vote (again, starting on Thursday according to the above linked article) on which shows go to series.
I understand the reticence to spend big money on something unproven. I also understand the buzz that the free trial and voting ideas will create.
Generally, though the quality television in recent years has come from creators that are allowed to follow their vision with as little interference from the studio or network as possible. You get the best creative mind with the most original idea and then you let them go and create. That's how you get "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones" and "The Newsroom" and "American Horror Story."
Maybe it's vastly different doing comedy? We shall see. Regardless, I'm excited for more "Zombieland."
Please don't suck.