Tracking the D'bury Universe
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Not long ago, I was on the set of a show about politics, Washington and a senator gone rogue. The set had all the trappings of a big-time television production, but it will be delivered not by broadcast or cable, but over the Internet by a technology company that has not historically been in the business of original productions.
No, this was not “House of Cards,” the Netflix drama that received a lot of attention and an Emmy for best director.
“House of Cards” was actually being filmed about 200 miles to the south, in Baltimore. I was in Queens watching a comedy called “Alpha House,” written by Garry Trudeau, the creator of the comic “Doonesbury,” that pivots around the substantial acting and physical presence of John Goodman...
Maybe the most astute observer of Amazon.com’s daring foray into television production is Clark Johnson.
He’s one of those journeyman actors who is immediately recognizable to television viewers, even if he’s not a household name. Johnson, who has starred in such hits at NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” and HBO’s “The Wire,” is working on his latest project, “Alpha House,” produced for Amazon Studios.
The comedy about four Republican congressmen who share a Washington, D.C., house was created by “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau and stars Hollywood veteran John Goodman. Amazon put the pilot on its website in April to get feedback from viewers...
That’s the problem with remodeling. In trying to build his own Alpha House, Garry Trudeau says he has hit an immovable wall.
The “Doonesbury” cartoonist has been on sabbatical this summer as he readies his Washington-based TV series, “Alpha House,” one of the inaugural projects for Amazon Studios. That has meant a season of “Doonesbury Flashbacks” – aka reruns – on the comics page, with the comic strip’s return originally slated for Labor Day.
Now, like a Groundhog Day alert, comes new word: “Doonesbury” fans will get 10 more weeks of darkness. Original strips are now scheduled to return on the week of Nov. 18. The weekly color strip returned Sunday...
“Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau will keep the popular comic strip on partial hiatus. Trudeau took the summer off to work on writing and producing the online series “Alpha House” for Amazon Prime. Fresh “Doonesbury” cartoons have returned to the Sunday comics, but for new daily comics, you’ll have to wait until Nov. 18. Classic “Doonesbury” strips will continue to run..
Production crews for an Amazon.com TV show set up camp in Garden City Park Friday to film a scene for an upcoming episode at a local store on Jericho Turnpike.
Large 18-wheelers from Kaufman Astoria Studios and Picrow, Inc. productions took over the T&T Tactical gun store for the day to film part of an episode of "Alpha House," an Internet-broadcast drama from Amazon.com Studios...
Congratulations are in order again for “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau, Universal Press Syndicate Managing Editor Sue Roush announced in an e-mail to newspaper editors recently.
Trudeau’s “Alpha House,” a streaming video program (like a TV show except not on TV but available through the online Amazon Prime streaming service) was picked by viewers from 14 series pilots for development into a full series. The show, starring John Goodman as one of four Republican congressmen sharing a house in Washington, D.C., is expected to be out in November.
That means Trudeau will need to devote his summer to the show, Roush said. And that means no new “Doonesbury” strips in the News Tribune — or anywhere else — until at least about Labor Day...
Amazon.com Inc decided not to turn pilot project "Zombieland" into a full TV series, but is going ahead with "Alpha House," as the world's largest online retailer enters the next stage of its foray into original video creation...
The pilot episode of GBT's political sitcom ALPHA HOUSE has been posted online by Amazon Originals. It stars John Goodman, and features guest appearances by Bill Murray and Stephen Colbert.
To watch it click here.
If you like it and want to encourage Amazon to produce another dozen episodes, please let 'em know!
...Today, we take a look at "Alpha House," one we particularly like.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Created by "Doonesbury's" Garry Trudeau, this is a satire about a group of congressmen who are bunking together in Washington. They are Gil John Biggs (John Goodman), Andy Guzman (Mark Consuelos), Robert Bettencourt (Clark Johnson) and Louis Laffer (Matt Malloy). In the pilot, a senator, Vernon Smits (Bill Murray), is awakened by Gil, who reminds him that he was supposed to turn himself into the Department of Justice on this day. Vernon is not happy.
MY SAY Of all the pilots, this one seems guaranteed to get a green light...
As potential YouTube bait, it might be one of Bill Murray’s best on-screen moments in several years — a GIF that keeps on giving.
In “Alpha House,” a show pilot that debuted online over the weekend, Murray plays a senator who has slept through his appointment to report to the DOJ. As a flurry of agents takes positions outside his D.C. residence, a roomie (played by John Goodman) says wryly: That’s just “p--- poor staff work.”
All while Murray lets loose with inspired abandon.
Murray’s cameo performance was “beyond anything I imagined,” the show’s writer and creator, cartoonist Garry Trudeau, tells Comic Riffs. “I wrote some initial dialogue, but with my encouragement, he turned it into a profane aria.
“Bill’s special in so many ways, and we’re praying he’ll come back. We call him the unicorn.”...