After trialling a Netflix style “all-at-once” release for Transparent, Amazon Prime Instant Video is sticking with that strategy for the second season of the John Goodman fronted comedy Alpha House.
The streaming arm of the e-commerce giant today announced that, following the “strong debut” of Transparent, they will release all 10 episodes from the second season of the political comedy on Friday October 24th on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the US, the UK and Germany. That is a marked departure from the strategy employed for the show’s first season, which was released on a more traditional week-to-week basis.
Alpha House follows four US senators renting a house together and struggling to keep their personal lives and exploits from tarring their public image as they fight for re-election. The Amazon Studios comedy stars John Goodman (Roseanne, The West Wing), Clark Johnson (Homicide: Life On The Street), Matt Malloy (Six Feet Under) and Mark Consuelos (All My Children). Alpha House was created by Garry Trudeau, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Elliot Webb and Jonathan Alter.
The 10 episode second season finds the Senators maneuvering the hallways of Capitol Hill with a looming midterm election and an unclear political future. Republican Senators Biggs, Bettencourt and Laffer, having survived bruising primaries, are facing strong Democratic challengers and will use every trick in the book to woo voters on the road to re-election. Meanwhile, Senator Guzman prepares for a 2016 bid for the presidency, a pursuit that will bring him into possible competition with one of his roommates.
“We are grateful that Garry Trudeau took an extended hiatus from his Doonesbury daily strip to focus his time on producing an incredible second season of Alpha House,” said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios. “Customers are going to love the new season, particularly with election season on the horizon.”
While Series Creator Gary Trudeau added: “Our cast members hit their stride in season two. Alpha House is blessed with actors who can find three laughs for every one on the page, and a crew that rivals any in episodic television. It’s been a privilege to come to work.”