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‘Doonesbury’ Creator Built an Unlikely ‘Alpha House’ at Amazon

5 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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.

Inspired by an oddball true story of four congressional Democrats — Richard Durbin, Charles Schumer, George Miller and Bill Delahunt — sharing a house in Washington, D.C., Trudeau first pitched an edgy comedy about four fictional Republicans living “Real World”-style to networks back in 2008. He couldn’t find a taker, and returned to his celebrated day job as the Pulitzer Prize winning creator of long-running comic strip “Doonesbury.”

A few years later his friend and producing partner, journalist Jonathan Alter, mentioned Amazon was looking to get into originals. “My first thought was webisodes, »

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