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'Doonesbury' Creator Built An Unlikely 'Alhpa House' At Amazon
Geoff Berkshire, Variety | Building Alpha House | June 6, 2014

Garry Trudeau had been looking to make the jump from comic strips to TV showrunning, but he didn’t expect to find a home at Amazon. And yet there he was, leading the massive online retailer’s charge into the original series fray when the political satire “Alpha House” launched last fall on the Amazon Instant Video streaming service...

At Stanford, 'Doonesbury' Creator Reflects On The Power Of Humor, Satire And Storytelling
Kathleen J. Sullivan, Stanford News | GBT @ Stanford | May 1, 2014

Garry B. Trudeau, creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip, Doonesbury, told a Memorial Auditorium audience Monday that up until 10 minutes before he took the stage, he and the Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean for religious life at Stanford and his former college roommate, had been arguing about whether he actually was qualified to be the 2014 Rathbun Visiting Fellow at Stanford, given the others who had held the title before...

Doonesbury: Comic's Full Website Gets A New Host: The Washington Post
Michael Cavna | Dbury@ WaPo | April 28, 2014

Michael Doonesbury is on the move. The strip that was first set on one “WaPo” — Walden Pond — will now have a home on a second one: The Washington Post...

41 Years Later, The Post Publishes Spiked 'Doonesbury' Watergate Comic For The First Time. Here's Why...
Micahel Cavna | Guilty, Guilty, Guilty | April 28, 2014

The Washington Post ran, for the first time, a comics-page strip in which a character declared former Nixon attorney general John Mitchell guilty for Watergate crimes.

All it took was 41 years, the cartoonist’s hiatus and a “Flashback” comic that was not technically a rerun in The Post because, well, it never ran the first time...

Doonesbury's Blast From The Distant Past
Bill Ward, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune | Dbury Wayback Machine | March 1, 2014

A hiatus prompted 'Doonesbury' creator Garry Trudeau to dig deeply into the archives...

Looking Back At Four Decades With Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau
Lisa Carricaburu, The Salt Lake City Tribune | Four Decades With GBT | February 22, 2014

Readers either love "Doonesbury" or they hate it.

Regardless, the iconic strip drawn by Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Trudeau long has been a Salt Lake Tribune fixture. We know many read it daily, some with admiration, others with consternation at its satirical and decidedly liberal take on current events.

As a result, we debated what to do when we learned earlier this month that Trudeau intends to take an indeterminate hiatus from drawing "Doonesbury" daily to write and produce a second season of "Alpha House" for Amazon Prime Video...

Trudeau Puts Daily 'Doonesbury' On Long-Term Hiatus To Work On Renewed 'Alpha House'
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | ALPHA HOUSE RENEWED | February 11, 2014

At this point in Garry Trudeau’s career, John Goodman has just proved to be more irresistible a roommate than Zonker.

Hello, daily call sheet; goodbye for now, daily comics page.

Trudeau, whose TV show “Alpha House” recently ended its debut season with strong viewership, got the good news: Amazon Studios has picked up his politically satiric program for a second season, the cartoonist and his syndicate are set to announce later this afternoon. That’s right: Fans will get to see more of Goodman and the gang portray four Republican senators who banter and bicker as Hill roomies.

But providing punch lines for Trudeau’s newest characters comes at a cost: As of Feb. 24, the daily “Doonesbury” — Trudeau’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip — will be put on long-term and open-ended hiatus, distributor Universal Uclick will announce...

Giles County Native Gets Role In 'Alpha House'
Mike Allen / The Roanoke Times | Alicia Sable Interview | January 6, 2014

Producer Dana Brunetti, who grew up in Covington, is one of the masterminds behind the Netflix original series "House of Cards." It turns out that Amazon Studios' rival enterprise "Alpha House," available through the online retailer's Amazon Prime service, has a major regional tie, too: Alicia Sable, who plays Tammy Stackhouse, the chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Gil John Biggs (John Goodman), is a Giles County native.

"This is my first series, and I can honestly say 'Alpha House' is like a giant family," Sable wrote in an email. "From the producers, to the Amazon executives, to the crew, everyone is so kind and nurturing."...


GBT On PBS NewsHour
PBS | GBT On PBS Newshour | December 18, 2013

The new web series "Alpha House" puts a comedic spin on politics in the era of tea party conservatism with a story about four Republican lawmakers who work and live together on Capitol Hill. Jeffrey Brown talks to "Doonesbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau, the creator behind Amazon's first original streaming series...

The Making Of 'Alpha House'
Jonathan Alter, Politico | The Making Of 'Alpha House' | December 3, 2013

The first thing I learned about shooting a TV series on location in Washington is that you can’t. While news crews freely roam Senate hallways and committee rooms, films and TV shows are barred from working anywhere on the Capitol grounds. That meant that Alpha House, the new Amazon series centering on four senators that I’m helping to produce, was going to have to create its own Senate.

But where? Strict congressional rules and a shortage of soundstages and tax breaks in Washington mean that political shows are generally filmed in Los Angeles (Scandal, The West Wing), Baltimore (Veep, House of Cards) or New York. We chose New York for no other reason than that the show’s creator, Garry Trudeau of “Doonesbury” fame, and I live there, and our other executive producer, Elliot Webb, likes to visit...